A successful Christmas in July for Salvation Army

SORTING SUPPLIES — Lt. Erik Muhs, pastor/corps officer at the Salvation Army of Steubenville, checks out some back-to-school supplies the agency received during the recent “Stuff the Bus”effort done in collaboration Aug. 3 with Walmart. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — It was a good Christmas in July for the Salvation Army of Steubenville, located at 332 N. Fourth St.

“We have our final total of all money collected, and we are being matched dollar for dollar by our headquarters in Cleveland, and we have raised $5,233.42,” announced Lt. Erik Muhs, who serves as pastor/corps officer

“We’ll have more than $10,000 from this Christmas in July that’s going to affect us. We also have a grant we just got from the J.C. Williams Trust for $17,500 and all of this will help fund our soup kitchen which is normally open November through April,” Muhs said recently.

Christmas in July is one of two times during the year when the Salvation Army accepts donations as part of the iconic bell-ringing red kettle campaign.

The Salvation Army will be able to operate the Shepherd’s Table soup kitchen every Sunday, excluding holiday weekends. A hot meal is served on Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day.

The first Shepherd’s Table will be held Sept. 22, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

“We’re very thankful for the community support, for all those who donated and all those who continue to donate through the summer, throughout Christmas time and throughout the year,” Muhs said. “All this goes to our building, our people that we serve and, most importantly, we give back to those in Steubenville and Jefferson County.

The Salvation Army earlier this month teamed up with Walmart for “Stuff the Bus,” an effort to support local children with school supply donations.

“We filled up two, 55-gallon garbage cans full of composition books, spiral notebooks, pens and pencils and all the school supplies needed,” Muhs said.

The goal was to provide new school supplies to more than 100 central Jefferson County children in need of a fresh start to the school year,” according to Muhs.

For information, call the Salvation Army at (740) 282-5121.