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This summer, Morgan Stanley and The Salvation Army have partnered to provide some 9,000 meals to area youth

July 24, 2009 - The Salvation Army

This summer, global financial services firm Morgan Stanley has partnered with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Houston to provide some 9,000 meals to area youth participating in The Salvation Army’s Summer Day Camp program. The international firm presented The Salvation Army with a $60,000 donation to support its feeding efforts during the busy summer months.

Each year The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Houston hosts hundreds of children ages 5 to 12 at five area Clubs in the Houston and Pasadena areas for their Summer Day Camp program. Over 9,800 local children are being served through The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Houston.

“The reason we are doing this is quite simple. Faced with the current economic challenges, many families are struggling to provide their children with healthy meals. It is part of our Firm’s culture to act when we learn that one out of six children in the U.S. will not be getting enough to eat,” says John J. Mack, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley.

The Salvation Army Clubs offer baseball, basketball, flag and tackle football, and soccer; as well after school programs that include homework help, computer labs, drug and alcohol prevention classes, arts and crafts, money management classes, social and physical recreation. During the summer they offer organized summer day camps including activities such as swimming, field trips, field days, and much more. The Army also offers a college bound program that helps students prepare for their college experience.

“We are extremely grateful to the Morgan Stanley Foundation for their generous support that will ensure the young people we serve this summer will not go hungry,” adds Doug Smith, executive director for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Houston. “The economic downturn that has impacted the entire country has been deeply felt by our Clubs, and many summer food programs have been placed in jeopardy. Hopefully others will follow Morgan Stanley’s lead.”

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In this community since 1889, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth programs, shelter, disaster relief, counseling, senior programs and rehabilitation. The mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without discrimination. Each year over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army. About 88.4 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support those services in Houston and at close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about The Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org.