Northeast Florida’s Salvation Army Doing Good Deeds for Nearly 125 years
Nov 17, 2014 02:00AM
In 1985 the Women’s Auxiliary organization of Northeast Florida was officially chartered. Two years later, the Celebrity Chefs Tasting and Silent Auction was born. To date, the annual event has raised more than 2 million dollars to support The Salvation Army programs. Other milestone events include the start of the Night Feeding Program (still serving dinner 7 nights a week) in 1997, the opening of the 5-Star Child Development Center in downtown Jacksonville in 1998, and Cold Night Shelter in 2001. Growth and expansion was not limited to the Jacksonville facilities. In 2003, a beautiful, new building dedicated to the Clay County Corps was constructed in Middleburg and in 2005, St Johns County Corps opened a new facility on S.R. 207. Currently, St Johns County is building a new home closer to downtown St. Augustine. Most recently, the Northeas Florida Command assumed operations in Baker and Putnam counties, bringing the total number of counties served to six.
The Salvation Army Hope House, located in Fernandina Beach, is operated under the leadership of Mary Moore, a longtime Nassau County resident, with an extensive social services background. At present, the Hope House is in need of blankets and warm men’s clothing. They also need staples for their food pantry, and to round out their emergency food bags. Items needed are peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, boxed meals, stuffing, mashed potatoes, canned meats and stews, canned fruit, soups, dried beans and peas, and breakfast food. The Hope House is also looking for people to shop for Senior Angels, and to ring the Red Kettle Bells. Bring your food donations to the Hope House at 410 South 8th Street. For more information about the Hope House, the Salvation Army of Northeast Florida, or if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, call (904) 321-0435.