July is less than a month away, and you know what that means — Christmas in July.
Throughout the month of July, The Salvation Army invites and encourages businesses and their employees to help improve the lives of needy families in the community. The events require little planning, time and investment. As a matter of fact, businesses can create their own events.
All Christmas in July contributions go to local Salvation Army programs and services that meet the needs of families and individuals affected by crisis, poverty, hunger, isolation and troubled relationships.
Last July, our Emergency Bed Space Program was at 143 percent capacity. The following month it was at 126 percent. High capacities were perhaps due to the fact that Indiana’s poverty rate is 16.3 percent according to the 2010 census. For children, the number was larger at 26.3 percent.
Christmas in July is easy and participation comes with options:
Whether it’s dressing up or dressing down, a change in the dress code can be fun. Why stop there! Have a theme day like western, Hawaiian or even 80’s prom. Employees set a donation amount and make a contribution to participate.
Businesses ask customers if they would like to donate a dollar or more to help the community. If a donation is made, the customer gets to write his or her name on a paper kettle that can be displayed.
• Create a unique event of your own
The Salvation Army encourages businesses to think of creative ways and events to raise money on their own. Ideas include ice cream socials, car washes and bake sales.
Bring hope to our community by signing up to participate in The Salvation Army’s Christmas in July. For more information and to register your business, contact Mel McMahon, Corporate Relations Coordinator, at 317-224-1019