CATEGORY: Charities

AUTHOR: EILEEN

HED:Salvation Army ornaments feature three Tupelo landmarks

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary hopes this year to double the amount of money raised last year through its annual Christmas tree ornament sale.

Last year, the sale raised $3,000 for the auxiliary and was used for projects within the Salvation Army, said Ruth Johnson, president of the Women's Auxiliary.

"We decided where the funds go based on what the Salvation Army's greatest needs are," Johnson said. Those needs include food, camp scholarships and other needs at the center, she said.

Johnson said this year there are 500 ornaments for sale. Each ornament will be $10.

The auxiliary has been selling such ornaments for the last 20 years, Johnson said.

Each year the ornament features three different landmarks in Tupelo. This year's ornament will have the North Mississippi Medical Center's Wellness Center, First Baptist Church and Community Federal etched on it.

"These ornaments are collectible items," Johnson said. The auxiliary also will be selling ornaments from previous years.

Salvation Army Maj. James Robbins said fund-raisers like the Christmas tree ornament sale are essential to the army's existence.

The army, which has a $750,000 budget, needs the money to provide numerous programs, including youth activities, the food lunch line, Thanksgiving and Christmas food programs and physical needs of the organization's building.

"It (the money raised by the ornament sale) helps to offset budgetary needs of our programs," Robbins said.

The ornament sale is one of several programs held for the Salvation Army during the holiday season. Other programs include the Angel Tree adoption, bell ringers and food baskets.

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