Released 10 February 2012
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The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command
416 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida 32804
Contact: Vicki Hastings
Public Relations Coordinator
407.423.8581, ext. 254 office
As Day Care Costs Soar, Fundraiser Aims to Provide for Homeless Children
The Salvation Army and Orlando Day Nursery Host Second Annual Homelessness to Hope Walk-A-Thon
Orlando, Fla. (February 9, 2012) - With day care costs rivaling the cost of rent, many are unable to afford day care for their children. Among those facing this challenge are residents of The Salvation Army Women's & Children's Shelter. Without the provision of day care, residents would face nearly insurmountable challenges in finding a job, retaining a job, or attaining education thus would hit a brick wall in trying to move forward. Alternatively, children would have to tag along as Mom went job-searching, worked, or attended school, all of which are inappropriate places for a small child.
Thanks to the Orlando Day Nursery and the Homelessness to Hope Walk-A-Thon, mothers at The Salvation Army can count on quality day care at no cost to them and can focus on improving their family's situation. Without the funds raised from this yearly event, The Salvation Army would be unable to provide this service and the cycle of homelessness would continue. Last year, $8,773.25 was raised breaking this cycle of homelessness and instead creating a new cycle of hope and success. This fundraiser was first created last year to fill a gap created by a loss of funding. This year, expectations are higher and higher goals have been set: The Salvation Army and Orlando Day Nursery hope to raise $20,000.
Mata Denis, Director of the Orlando Day Nursery, states that "the cost of care is very high...last year we provided childcare for 31 children for The Salvation Army totaling 1,867 days of care. This Walk-A-Thon is essential in making it possible for Orlando Day Nursery to partner with The Salvation Army in this way."
Major Andrew Kelly of The Salvation Army adds that, "being unable to provide day care through Orlando Day Nursery due to a lack of funds would make success nearly impossible for our residents working to get back on their feet. At The Salvation Army, we are all about providing hand ups rather than hand outs and that is just what this partnership is about."
Friday, February 10th, children from the Orlando Day Nursery will walk once around Lake Dot to raise awareness about the Walk-A-Thon. They will begin walking at 9:30am. Lake Dot is located between the old Amway Arena and Colonial Drive.
Both organizations have asked the community to lace up its walking shoes to join them Saturday, February 11 in the Homelessness to Hope 2012 Walk-A-Thon. Participants may walk as many or as few laps around Lake Dot as they are able and have secured pledges to raise money for each lap they complete. All money raised will be used to fund childcare at the Orlando Day Nursery for homeless families through The Salvation Army.
Interested in walking? Call Jennifer at 407.422.5291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Can't make it to the walk? Let Vicki at The Salvation Army know if you would like to sponsor a walker instead. 407.423.8581 x 254. Even a pledge of $1 a lap makes a difference! As always, The Salvation Army appreciates the continued support of the Central Florida community as it serves others by "doing the most good for the most people in the most need1."
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. 84 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyorlando.org
Funding, in part, provided by the Homelessness to Hope Fund
1 Evangeline Booth, 1919.