Salvation Army Central Virginia finds new home for Christmas Center

Salvation Army finds new Christmas Center

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Salvation Army Central Virginia has found a new home to accept gifts this Christmas season.

The Christmas Center will be housed at the former Dick’s Sporting Goods location at Stony Point Fashion Park.

“To be able to serve the families with dignity, that’s what it is about, to be able to provide customer service with dignity," said Matt Pochily, Development Director of the Salvation Army of Central Virginia. “We can’t do that in a 20,000 square foot place, we can’t do that in some of the other places that might be in nice locations. To have a place like this, that turned around as quickly as it did when we said to the community, 'we need your help’ is an amazing blessing."

The location used last year, which served over 5,400 children, nearly 800 seniors and had the help of almost 3,000 volunteers, was not available this year.

“There were definitely points that we were nervous about where we were going to be able to host a Christmas assistance program," said Pochily.

Pochily says Stony Point Fashion Park has supported the Angel Tree initiative in the past, so they are grateful to be in a space in the mall.

“So much joy is going to come out of all that is going to pour into this place," he explained.

For three months, the old store will be used for accepting applications for Christmas Assistance, and it will eventually fully transform into a space for distribution.

The Salvation Army of Central Virginia says volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteering with the organization you can sign up, here.

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