Ring a Bell and Help Those in Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Tammy Shank
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
434-845-5939
tammy.shank@uss.salvationarmy.org

Ring a Bell and Help Those in Need

Lynchburg, VA (November 7, 2016) – The bells are ringing, and The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg needs the community’s help. Last year, more than 54,000 hot meals were served, 13,000 nights of lodging were given and more than 6,500 people received financial assistance through The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope. In addition, more than 6,000 gifts were given to children and the elderly through the Angel Tree program and members of the community received disaster relief assistance and youth enrichment programs provided by The Salvation Army.

This past year, The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope has seen an increase in women, children and the elderly needing shelter and financial assistance. The Center of Hope, which provides the community feeding program, family financial services and the homeless shelter, is funded through donations from the community and the Red Kettle Campaign. In order to meet a growing need in the Greater Lynchburg area, the 2016 Red Kettle goal is to raise $250,000. “Every year The Salvation Army of Lynchburg relies on faithful volunteers and donors to make the annual “Red Kettle” campaign successful,” states Corps Captain Donald Dohmann. “Thousands of individuals turn to The Salvation Army though-out the year. I encourage the citizens of our community to give of their time as a volunteer at a “red kettle” location or to cheerfully give when they pass by a “red kettle” this holiday season!”

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg serves Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties and has been a part of the Greater Lynchburg community for more than 110 years. If you would like more information on how you can volunteer, please call 434-845-5939. To make an online donation, please visit #redkettlereason or you may also text GiveHelp to 71777. (standard messaging and text rates apply).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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