Finding the perfect gift for someone can be a challenge. Several years ago we found the perfect gift for my father-in-law, a veteran who proudly flew the flag every day at his home, when I learned we could request a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. We sent him the flag and certificate for Christmas. He loved the gift and was deeply touched.
It was the perfect gift.
What made the gift perfect was not the price or that it was popular or rare; it was the perfect gift because it was meaningful. It was a gift that touched his heart.
Looking for a meaningful gift for someone who doesn’t need or want more “stuff”? For a gift that will touch their hearts, make a donation in their honor to The Salvation Army and give a homeless man, woman or child a night in a warm shelter, or a hot meal to the hungry. Give hope to the homeless. Help keep a family from becoming homeless; The Salvation Army assists those who are facing eviction or having their utilities cut off. Give a gift of hope.
The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in Augusta provides resources to the homeless 365 days a year. The case management we provide to the homeless is a caring and comprehensive plan toward permanent housing, tailored to each individual’s needs. It’s not just a Center of Hope, but a center of solutions.
When you support The Salvation Army, your gift will be grounded in the reputation, trust and credibility of The Salvation Army, where 82 cents out of every dollar goes toward our programs and services. As the largest provider of homeless services in the CSRA, the variety and volume of services of Augusta’s Salvation Army is matched only by our legacy of compassion.
To give a meaningful gift, go to our website, www. salvationarmyaugusta.org, and click on the Donate Now tab on the top of your screen, where you can make a gift in honor of, or in memory of, someone you love. Or mail your donation to The Salvation Army, 1384 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30901.
On Dec. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., we have our annual holiday Tour of Home-less Shelter open house at the Center of Hope. Take a break from the holiday rush and bring your family in for a lesson of hope.
This is a season of perfect gifts as we celebrate God’s perfect gift to us, the birth of our Savior.
(The writer is director of development for The Salvation Army in Augusta.)