Salv. Army gearing up Project Bundle Up

The Salvation Army is partnering with a number of local businesses to help children and senior citizens stay warm through the winter.

Project Bundle Up “has provided new winter outerwear for disadvantaged children and seniors across Western Pennsylvania” and annual fundraising has helped more than 7,500 children and seniors annually, according to the Project Bundle Up web site.

Major Ronald Starnes of the Salvation Army in Warren said the program provides senior citizens and children up to 18 years old with hats, coats, boots, gloves, and scarves. Families are eligible for the program every other year.

“We service over 100 Warren County children every year with Bundle up,” said Starnes. “It is most important to our community.”

The application process runs from Sept. 9 through Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Residents can call the Salvation Army at 723-8950 to find out what paperwork they need to apply.

The program has been working with the Salvation Army for 28 years and “Warren has always been a recipient of Project Bundle Up,” said Melissa Fereday, director of Project Bundle Up. “The funds go to serve children and senior citizens in Warren with winter outerwear.”

Every year Project Bundle Up hosts an auction, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, at www.projectbundleup.com/OnlineAuction.html.

“We’ll have close to 400 items we’ll auction off. The Horton House helped facilitate a nice golf weekend in Warren that will be one of the items we auction off,” said Fereday, adding that the goal is to raise $125,000 for the program.

“In turn that money gets allocated back to all the Salvation Armys in Western Pennsylvania, including Warren,” she added. “Then once Warren gets their allocation, they have children and seniors sign up at the local corps and they, in turn, get a voucher if eligible, to go shopping for new winter outerwear.”

Craig Scalise, co-owner of the Horton House with Antonio Scalise, said they have been a lead sponsor for the project for the last nine years. The Horton House teams up with Warren’s four 18-hole golf courses – Cable Hollow Golf Club, Blueberry Hill Golf Course, Jackson Valley Golf Course and Conewango Valley Country Club and a number of local restaurants including McCulla’s Steak House and Chiodo’s Ferro Cucina.

“I think they bid as much as a couple thousand dollars to come up to Warren and that money goes to the Salvation Army,” said Scalise. “I think it’s been pretty successful. The people that come up, usually they are new people, they really like the Horton House, and they like Warren, and a lot of those people come back to Warren on their own.”

Fereday said she has already received interest in bidding on the Warren County golf package.

“They love it, they have a great weekend. It’s a really popular item,” she said. “I actually have people calling ahead of time and asking when it’s going up for bid.”