The Salvation Army is grateful to the Mobile Press-Register/al.com for 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 who are struggling to cope with medical costs, housing bills, transportation or other expenses. Some of the recipients have been debilitated by chronic illness, while others have experienced unfortunate events that left them unable to provide for themselves. Every family aided through the Neediest Families program is screened by The Salvation Army prior to being profiled in the newspaper.
In 2012 the Neediest Families Campaign collected more than $170,000. 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 to suffering families in Mobile and Baldwin counties dealing with medical costs, housing bills and other emergency needs throughout the year. Dozens of families are assisted each year through the Neediest Families Campaign.
Contributors who donate $100.00 or more will be named in the newspaper and online, unless they request anonymity. The campaign starts around Thanksgiving and runs through the end of the year.
To donate: Send a check or money order made out to The Salvation Army Neediest Families, 1009 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36604 or call 251-438-1625.
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