12thAnnual Back to School Carnival


The Salvation Army in Allentown Hosts Annual Carnival

As parents scramble to figure out all the details of sending their children back to school for the Fall, The Salvation Army is gearing up to be a part of the answer.  On Friday, August 26, from 11 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., The Allentown Citadel Corps of The Salvation Army will host the 12thAnnual Back to School Carnival.  Major Brenda DeVault, the corps officer, says, “At the Carnival, underprivileged children are given free school supplies in an effort to promote education.”

The Citadel Corps has been collecting supplies from throughout the community, and will distribute them during the Carnival in its gymnasium, located at 144 North Eighth Street facility.  “Although we have some supplies collected, it is never enough to meet the need,” said DeVault, indicating that the supplies are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Anyone wishing to donate supplies can contact The Salvation Army’s Youth Program Coordinator at (610) 432-0129, or by email at Eloitza.King@USE.SalvationArmy.org.

Supplies still needed are backpacks, calculators, notebooks, pencils, pencil cases, folders, and other appropriate school supplies.  The Allentown Citadel Corps is also receiving checks toward the purchase of supplies, which can be mailed to The Salvation Army, Post Office Box 147, Allentown, PA  18105-0147.


About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army in the Lehigh Valley is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 4 corps community centers and a network of volunteers throughout the Lehigh Valley.  Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug & alcohol rehabilitation. For more information, please visit http://pa.salvationarmy.org/lehigh-valley.


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