OSWEGO, NY – The Salvation Army of Oswego County has received a grant of $5,681 from the Walmart Foundation as part of a national Walmart donation of one million dollars to Salvation Army centers across the country.
“Oswego is one of four Salvation Army centers in the Empire State Division, covering upstate New York that received funding through this donation. The other Salvation Army centers in Albany, Utica, and Olean received the same amount. Walmart has been an exceedingly generous supporter of The Salvation Army. For the last nine years, the Walmart Foundation has given a one million dollar grant to the Army which is in addition to allowing the Army to raise dollars on site during the holiday season through the Red Kettle campaign,” said Major Donald Hostetler, divisional commander of the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army.
“This welcomed, additional funding will help us to help those who are hurting in Oswego County. We will be purchasing insulated containers to transport prepared food from our Oswego Center’s kitchen to our Fulton soup kitchen and purchasing food for both of our food pantries and soup kitchens. During the month of March, we served 946 meals in Fulton and 2,017 in Oswego. We assisted more than 480 families with food that month,” said Major Kathryn Purvis, officer for the Oswego County Salvation Army.
In Oswego, the Salvation Army Center for Worship and Service is located at 73 W. Second St., and the Fulton Center is located at 62 S. First St.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s programs and services in Oswego County, or to donate or volunteer, please call (315) 343-6491.
About the Empire Division
The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.). Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States.
Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org