Annual 'Community Day' helps families in the area
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Thursday marked the 5th annual "Community Day" at the Salvation Army. The day serves as a place where families can go and have some summer fun and talk to local organizations. There were fun activities for kids to do like ladderball and an inflatable bounce house. While families could stock up on donated goods by the food bank like fresh produce, fruit, batteries, and makeup. Salvation Army officials say the event is all about helping the community.
"A lot of our clientele turns over all the time," said Elmira Salvation Army commanding officer, Major Craig Haggerty. "New people move in to the community and they don't know where to go to get help. This is an opportunity for us to reach out to them and bring them in and, again, connect them to services they may need."
The annual event is usually held during the second to last week in August. Major Haggerty went on to say they served around 98 families during the event. That relates to between 400 to 500 people. With everything being free of charge.