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Business of the Week: The Salvation Army

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Salvation Army in Binghamton is the Greater Binghamton Chamber's Business of the Week.

It's been operating on Washington Street since 1905.

Its emergency services programs, including a soup, kitchen, food pantry, and bread line, serve 60,000 people each year.

In addition, it has a number of children's programs, including a summer camp, as well as a computer lab, a gym, and church services in its chapel.

As the Salvation Army prepares to move into a new much larger facility on the city's Northside, the organization is hiring more people to provide even more services.

"We're also helping them in their personal lives, getting their lives back together and lifting them up out of poverty.  Going forward, we're really going to be focusing on those kind of issues.  We're not getting rid of some of the services that we've provided traditionally, but we're adding new focus to what we do," said Major Ron Heimbrock.

Heimbrock says this year's red kettle campaign, which begins tomorrow, is more important than ever as it will help to fund the new programs and even the new facility.

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