During the month of December, Deborah highlights different non-profit organizations in the Pikes Peak area. Today, she is joined by Major Richard Larson of The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army has been in El Paso County for 126 years! This year, they were able to serve 480 families with a food box and a toy for each child under 18. And over the course of last year, they served over 150,000 meals.
Most people are familiar with this organization through their red kettles and bell ringers. The money raised in the area through this campaign stays in this area to help support a 222-bed shelter, provide 150 lunches at Dorchester Park every day, after-school programs for homeless children, and other year-round programs. It also provides money to transfer people to a rehab program in Denver.
With over 80,000 people in El Paso county living below the poverty level, every dollar the Salvation Army raises goes toward helping our community become a better place. Through the Salvation Army, $13.50 will pay for overnight care, meals, and counseling. We don’t have a lot of high paying jobs in Colorado Springs, so it’s important that there are organizations who are able to take the money donated and stretch those funds to their maximum usage.
To find out how you can get involved, check out their website at coloradosprings.salvationarmy.org or you can mail donations to 908 Yuma St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909.