ROME, N.Y. – The Salvation Army of Rome has a new van that will be used to pick up donations and transport kids in its youth programs.
“This is going to help us to do more to serve our community, especially the children who come to our programs. We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the generosity of the groups, organizations and individuals who made this possible, especially as we get ready to embark on another busy Christmas season with our Red Kettle campaign. It is a major contribution to our efforts to transform lives in Rome,” said Captain Amanda Krueger, the commanding officer of The Salvation Army of Rome.
The Corps officers will use the van to bring kids to and from the Salvation Army’s youth music and dance program, as well as the summer camp at Long Point Camp in Penn Yan.
It will also be used to pick up donations of food, diapers, comfort kits for fire victims and toys to be given away for Christmas.
The Ford Transit van was purchased with help from Davidson Auto Group, The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., Rome Community Foundation, and the City of Rome through a community block development grant.