CAMDEN, NJ — The 5th annual Garbage Bag Gala, which lends support to women's and family programs at Camden’s Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center every year, has been postponed to 2021.

“We made attempts to work on postponement plans for 2020 (considering both July and September) but finally determined it would be too difficult to pull off while keeping both excellence and growth of the gala event in the forefront,” Salvation Army Major Susan Wood said Monday. “We know this is a disappointment, but the right decision given all that is happening in our region, country and world right now.”

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Wood said event chair, Angela Barnshaw, and organizers ultimately decided it better to hold the event next year. 

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Initially set for May 15 in Cherry Hill, the fashion show works to dazzle audience members every year with creative garbs made from recycled materials, including garbage bags. 

Instead of hosting the event this year, organizers have a “social media Retrospective” planned, which will take online viewers on a nostalgic trip throughout past galas.

“Our work in helping the most vulnerable local populations continues daily through emergency work,” Wood said in a statement. “For instance, in Camden in April alone we assisted 917 individuals with 2,544 bags of emergency groceries; enough to make nearly 5,000 meals.”

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