13 March 2018

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The Salvation Army Joins Family In Balloon Release For 9-year-old Milwaukee Girl


MILWAUKEE COUNTY - The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County's Chaplaincy Program will be joining the family of Miyanna Jelks, 9, Tuesday evening for a balloon release in her honor.

According to the Milwaukee Police Department, Jelks was accidentally shot on Saturday, March 10 by her brother, who is a minor, inside a home near 38th Street and Ruby Avenue in Milwaukee. 

Community members, and the media, are invited to pray for Miyanna and her family, and participate in a balloon release of purple balloons. 

Vigil Details:

Time: 7 p.m. 
Date: Tuesday, March 13
Place: 38th Street and Ruby Avenue in Milwaukee


About The Salvation Army Chaplaincy Program: 
The Chaplaincy Program is a partnership between The Salvation Army Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Police Department. The chaplains are called to critical incidents when police determine emotional and spiritual care is needed, including: homicides, drug overdoses, house fires, fatal accidents and suicides.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (Human NeedsIndex.org). Locally, 88 cents of every dollar raised is used to support programs and services in Milwaukee County.