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The Salvation Army of Central Virginia has partnered with Marco’s Pizza to sponsor Christmas in July, an extension of the Angel Tree Program, providing Christmas gifts for children in need.
During July, community members can choose Angels (for infants to age 13) from Angel Trees located inside all Central Virginia Marco’s Pizza locations and make monetary donations to The Salvation Army of Central Virginia in exchange for Marco’s Pizza coupons and free pizza. Gifts can be returned to Marco’s Pizza or The Salvation Army of Central Virginia located at 2 West Grace Street in downtown Richmond.
As food and housing costs continue to rise, the affordability of Christmas will be challenging for many Central Virginia families this Christmas. “We know the individuals in our community who were already struggling financially are being impacted the most by the ongoing changes to our economy. While our programs and services uplift those in need 365 days a year, we have the unique opportunity to transform the financial burden of buying Christmas gifts into a time of joy and wonder, and we are thrilled that Marco’s Pizza has joined us in that effort,” said Area Commander of The Salvation Army, Captain Jason Burns.
Richmond is home to two Marco’s Pizza franchise groups and each is committed to giving back to the Richmond community. “Marco’s Pizza is about two things: giving back and serving authentic Italian pizza. The only thing we love serving more than pizza is the Richmond community!” said MP RVA Development, LLC co-owner, Sara Rags-dale
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit salvationarmycentralva.org.
Marco’s Pizza is America’s Most Loved and Most Trusted Pizza Brand, according to the 2019 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza is one of the fastest-growing pizza companies in the United States. Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian-born Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and thrives by making authentic Italian quality pizza with fresh ingredients. Marco’s Pizza can be ordered delivery or carry-out by downloading the mobile app, ordering online at marcos.com or calling each store directly.