Released 4 June 2013
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KNOXVILLE, TENN. - June 4, 2013 - The
arrival of hot temperatures and summer recess for school
kids is already putting a strain on The Salvation Army's supplies. At the
pace, The Salvation Army will have to turn clients seeking some services away.
Because of the shortfall of supplies, the Knoxville Area Command is throwing out
its net in search of donations to help the needy and the destitute.
are concerned that we won't be able to help people arriving at our door through
the summer," 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 we are making a special plea at this time for
support before the situation becomes dire."
are the truly needy? Among them are
hardworking, low-income families whose food budgets stretch to the breaking
point in summer, when their children no longer receive federal school lunches
and utility bills rise. Others include
laid off workers who have run through their savings while seeking new
employment. These seasonal visitors to The Salvation Army swell the ranks of
the regulars -- the homeless, unemployed and working poor who have been
receiving food, clothing, shelter and counseling throughout the year.
points out several different ways the community can make a difference in The
Salvation Army's efforts. "Our biggest needs this time of year, other than
monetary donations are fans and bottled water," Villafuere added. "We encourage
the community to donate water to quench the thirst and fans to help provide
some relief to our neighbors this summer."
interested in hosting a fan or water drive are encouraged to contact Maria Down
make a monetary donation, please visit www.salvationarmyknoxville.org or call 525-9401.
About The Salvation Army
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.