Knoxville Answers The Salvation Army’s Call for Assistance
Every summer, as temperatures rise, so do the needs for those seeking assistance from The Salvation Army. Fortunately, with significant help from the community, the organization has been able to keep up with the demand. Last month, The Salvation Army asked the community to help alleviate the need for bottled water and fans. Several businesses and churches responded graciously.
“We are humbled by the response we received from our neighbors in our time of need,” says Knoxville Area Commander, Major Albert Villafuerte. “The Salvation Army has always relied on the generosity of local residents to help us do our work and they have once again answered our call and provided relief to those in need.”
For the fourth consecutive year, Knoxville-area Walmart has jumpstarted The Salvation Army’s annual fan drive. This year, they donated a total of 50 box fans to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Assistance Program from all Knox County stores. Ignition Church also donated 16 new box fans to the program.
Other local businesses donated bottle water and food for the Emergency Assistance Program. Regency Beauty Institute and Answer Financial held canned food and bottled water drives that each netted several bins of food and water.
The temperatures are still climbing and many of our neighbors are still thirsty. Groups interested in hosting a water drive are encouraged to contact Maria Down at 525-9401
To make a monetary donation, please visit www.salvationarmyknoxville.org or call 525-9401.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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