Released 4 January 2012
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Greetings and Happy New Year! I trust that you enjoyed a wonderful Christ-filled season as you celebrated the gift of Jesus to the world.
2011 was another wonderful year of service for The Salvation Army of Central Virginia as we were privileged to have served over 46,000 needy individuals. During the months of November and December alone, we provided toys, clothing and food to over 11,000 needy persons and our Christmas Center was the ground zero for the provision of copious amounts of joy and goodness. Many lives were impacted and improved and I'm grateful for God's all-consuming grace and provision that made these things possible.
2011 was also a year fraught with change for The Salvation Army in Central Virginia as our Petersburg Corps transitioned into the Tri-Cities Service Center, a change that occurred to strengthen our ability to serve the needs of so many south of Richmond. Although there still remains additional work to fully solidify our ability to serve with full and unequivocal effectiveness in the Tri-Cities, we're well on our way in that direction.
As you would understand, our ability to serve is directly connected to the funds made available to provide those services. The partnership that exists between The Salvation Army and our supporters is the vital link that enables us to serve the needs of so many throughout our area. Our 2011 Red Kettle Campaign, the single-largest fund raiser of the year, far exceeded its goal and we're grateful that Central Virginians dug deep into their wallets and purses to provide the means to sustain tens of thousands of needy people in Central Virginia. Financially, we are stronger than we've been in a number of years and we believe that our position will further improve in 2012 as well.
God promises to be a faithful God to a faithful people and I'm delighted to share that His grace continues to abound and be made known as we endeavor to meet the vast and varying needs of Central Virginians. As 2012 commences, our simple yet supreme objective remains to bring hope to the hopeless, light to those cast into the dark words of agony and despair, and new and resounding joy to those with no joy....all in the name of Jesus.
Kindly allow me to extend my sincerest and heartfelt thanks to you for your support of the Army's services and programs. The Salvation Army doesn't impact lives alone - we're involved in this endeavor together and I am most grateful for that.
Happy New Year!