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NeediestFams2013

DONATE NOW to the Neediest Families CampaignAngelaBush(1)

The Salvation Army is grateful to the Alabama Media Group/Press-Register for once again partnering with us to provide assistance with the Neediest Families Campaign. This program aids local families during the holidays and throughout the year.

The families profiled by the Press-Register are only a sampling of those with need in our community. They represent dozens of families throughout Mobile and Baldwin Counties who are struggling to cope with health, financial, housing, employment and other concerns. Some of the recipients have been debilitated by chronic illness, while others have experienced unfortunate events that left them unable to provide for themselves. When critical needs arise, The Salvation Army is ready to assist. Every family aided through the Neediest Families program is screened by The Salvation Army prior to being profiled in the newspaper.

In 2013, the Neediest Families Campaign collected more than $150,000.  Half of the money raised aids the operation of The Salvation Army’s Center for Women and Children, a shelter that served over 300 women and children last year. The rest goes toward meeting the everyday urgent and critical needs of some of this area’s Neediest Families.

In its 17th year, the Neediest Families campaign has helped hundreds of families as a result of the generosity of the Gulf Coast community. Traditionally begun each Thanksgiving and continued through the New Year’s holiday, the campaign started early this year to raise awareness and reach an ambitious $300,00 goal for The Salvation Army’s major charity of the year. Though we fell short of the goal this year, The Neediest Families campaign has raised almost $3 million since its inception in 1996.

The Salvation Army will continue to accept donations for our Neediest Families program as we continue to help more families in need throughout the year.

How to Donate

  • Visit NeediestFamilies.org to donate online
  • Call 1-800-SAL ARMY (1-800-725-2769) to donate by credit card
  • Send your check or money order made out to The Salvation Army Neediest Families campaign, to 1009 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36604
  • Call 251-438-1625 with any questions

Donors of $100 or more are named in the newspaper and online at AL.com, unless they request anonymity.

Read the 2013 Neediest Families Stories:

Angela Bush: Air Force veteran, mother of two starts over with Salvation Army’s support
A Donor’s Story: The Teumer Family gives to Salvation Army in honor of father who nearly starved in Germany at end of WWII
Betty Martinez: Clean, sober and grateful for life
Kimberly Ruggs: After losing all her belongings in a house fire, living day to day
Revisiting Myra Pettway: ‘The smallest things bring a family together’
Tiffany and Roberto Singleton: Couple steps in to save three children from neglect
Laduster Payton: God opened so many doors for us through Salvation Army’s Center for Women & Children
Douglas & Peggy Price: With rough pasts behind them, couple faces hardship together
Ashley Dixon: Parents of 10 struggle to recover after house fire
Benniya White: Single mom determined to give injured nephew stability she never had
Bettina Watson-Dixon: Mother & children recover from homeless thanks to Salvation Army
Darnesha Stevenson: All she wants for Christmas is a job, so she can take care of her son
Constante McDonald: Left in the dark, literally, mother of three now living on one income
Linda Dixon: People person takes in her extended family, feeds neighbors
Akilah Morrissette: Unable to find a job, single mother perseveres with plan to finish nursing school
Elisa Curry: Hard-working, single mother of two looking for sunshine behind the dark cloud
Brittney Cloy: This mom’s Christmas miracle is having a home for the holidays
The Smith Family: Family gets more than they give by serving meals at Salvation Army
Kilborn gives $10,000 to Neediest Families, challenges peers to follow suit
Veronica Jackson: Grandmother does without to provide for her three granddaughters
Shametra Goodwin: Escapes abuse to provide safe home for her children
Kaitlin Howell: Teenage mom says her son is a part of her life she would never give up
Naman Family counts blessings a year after devastating tornado
Sakhorn Khan: Daughter of Cambodian refugees must fight to survive
Levi & Sandra Bonds: Disabled dad loses income, finds it hard to accept help for family of seven
Shawn Burnside: Man credits Salvation Army rehab program with giving him will to live again
Khem Chem: We find a way to survive, says matriarch of family living in FEMA trailer
Mary Cameron: Abusive relationship behind her, mother living in RV takes life one day at a time
Finale: Salvation Army offers heartfelt thanks to donors who contributed to Neediest Families campaign

Read the 2012 Neediest Families Stories:
Tonya Betts: Mother of cerebral palsy child opens home to other child
Mary Lollar: Theodore woman trying to recover from ‘worst year of my life’
Myra Pettway: Hard work, education pay off is message she sends
Rhonda Hobby: Thankful family trying to make the most of life
Ashley Petite: Illness prevents mom from providing furnishings for family’s home
Greg Padgett: ‘Bridge of trials’ changes life of Mobile man and his family
Marilyn Reed: Single mom of 8 struggling to provide for her children
Freddie Rogers: Family of 11 lives in half a home
Brandi Everett: Family focuses on paying bills, not buying gifts
Aaron Woods: After years of helping others, custodian now in need of aid
Keri Junkins: Making ends meet after losing Grandma
Latessa Harris: Mother of two fins salvation at Salvation Army CWC
Crystal Seals: Mother with rare disease says ‘You never lose hope’
Ray Lee: Given up on gifts but not on faith
Georgia Paige: House fire, illnesses put family behind financially
Tara Pickens: Family escaped crime but fell on hard times
Robert Hawkins: Finances tight as veteran copes with fatal illness
Guest Column by Major Mark Brown
Finale: Neediest Families Campaign raises $170,000