The past few years have held some special challenges for many area families. The financial downturn has drawn more and more in need to The Salvation Army. When given the choice of putting food on the table or buying a new toy, a parent’s painful decision is obvious.
But thanks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its readers, thousands of area children did not go without. For many years, The Salvation Army has been a grateful recipient of generous annual gifts through the newspaper’s Goodfellows Fund. This year, our “Treasures for Children” toy program will receive a deeply appreciated gift of $35,000 from Goodfellows. Treasures pairs kids and donors via special tags with the first name, age and gender of the child. Often, tags are not “adopted” and many older boys and girls are sadly not selected. The Goodfellows donation helps to ensure that all of our children have a Merry Christmas.
The Salvation Army is humbled by the generosity and support shown by the Post-Gazette and its readers. You entrust us to do the most good with the resources that you selflessly donate to help others. This is a responsibility and privilege that we take very seriously. On behalf of The Salvation Army and the thousands of needy families that we serve, thank you, God bless you and Happy New Year.
MAJ. WILLIAM H. BODE
The Salvation Army
Western Pennsylvania Division