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Michigan City, IN
09/24/2020 12:59 PM

The first 100 children to attend will receive a free pumpkin. Everyone who attends will receive free popcorn, and The Salvation Army pastors will be on hand to receive prayer requests from anyone seeking spiritual comfort during these challenging times.


“This year has been especially difficult as we’ve all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Major Dale Simmons of The Salvation Army. “But sometimes we don’t think about the folks in our community who were already suffering from poverty, homelessness and hunger before the pandemic even began. These people are the ones who were impacted the most and we want to let them know we are here for all of their needs – whether that is food, clothing or just a word of prayer.”


In past years, The Salvation Army has traditionally held an end-of-summer, free to the public, to mark the end of summer and the start of a new school year. This year, given the restrictions caused by COVID-19, a large gathering is not possible, so the group chose to host a safe, socially-distanced way to bring a free, fun and family-friendly event to the public.


This will be a drive-by or walk-by event, and those attending are asked to remain in their vehicles while safe social distancing measures are taken.


This event is taking place at The Salvation Army is heading into its busiest time of the year – the holiday season. With a goal of raising $200,000 this year to help support its many programs and services, The Salvation Army is seeking support from the public in the Rescue Christmas campaign.


“We have seen a 155 percent increase in the need for services since the beginning of the pandemic,” Simmons said. “If those numbers continue into our Christmas assistance, we could see more than 900 families come to us for food and toys for the holidays. We are asking the community to come together and help us meet our campaign goal so we can continue to meet the need here in Michigan City.”


Programs and services at The Salvation Army of Michigan City include the largest food pantry in La Porte County, a diaper bank, utility assistance, Pathway of Hope case management, summer camp, youth programs, clothing closet, school uniform exchange and a weekend backpack feeding program.


Those interested in volunteering to ring a bell at a Red Kettle this Christmas season can sign up online at, or call The Salvation Army at (219) 874-6885.

Jessica O'Brien
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