We are deeply saddened and disappointed with the news that, once again, this July 4th weekend was a very violent and deadly one in Chicago. Eighty two people felt the pain of a gunshot wound. Fourteen families were shattered by the death of a loved one. Countless neighborhoods continue to be rocked by senseless violence.
The entire City of Chicago has been affected by gun violence, and as human beings and people dedicated to serving our communities, we find this unacceptable. We mourn with the families who lost loved ones and stand alongside our neighbors as they call for an end to the bloodshed. We continue our partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the Put The Guns Down and Faith & Action campaigns.
The Salvation Army has corps community centers located throughout the city – in your neighborhood – to provide children and teens with a safe haven from the dangers of the streets. Try out the art and music programs, sports leagues, teen drop-in centers or other summer events to beat the heat and stay safe.
Children and teens can still register for a week of camp at Wonderland Camp in Wisconsin and marvel at the beauty of acres of green grass and trees, conquer the high ropes course or archery, and build understanding and friendships with others from across the city and suburbs.
Every year we lose too many people to gun violence. Too many young lives are cut short, unable to realize their full potential. Too often, families and communities are left to wonder what if. The Salvation Army is there to provide a safe alternative for your family. For more information on The Salvation Army programs in your neighborhood, visit www.salarmychicago.org.