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Salvation Army and Wal-Mart Join Forces to Help

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Released 24 June 2010

heatKnoxville, TN - With unusually warm temperatures even before the official start of summer, The Salvation Army is doing what it can to help low-income families beat the heat this year.  The organization announced its “Beat the Heat” campaign to collect new and used fans for needy families in the Knoxville area. 

“It’s been an unusually warm start to the summer and it’s not likely to cool down for a while” said Knoxville Area Commander, Major Don Vick.  “There are still many people in our community that live without air conditioning, so this program will help meet a real need.” 

The organization is calling for donations of new or used fans or money to purchase fans.  The fans will be distributed to area residents in need of help in beating the summer heat, with a focus on senior citizens and families with small children. 

Area Wal-Mart stores have joined in to jumpstart the campaign.  “We love working with The Salvation Army,” said Charlotte Boyd, Market Human Resource Manager for Wal-Mart. “We think it’s a great idea and we want to do what we can to help.” Each Wal-Mart store in the Knoxville area is contributing $200 worth of fans toward the campaign.  The stores are offering a Galaxy brand, 20” box fan for around $15. 

Donations of new or used fans may be made at the following locations:

·         The Salvation Army, 409 N. Broadway, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30 or at any Salvation Army Family Store. 

·         Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church (9132 Kingston Pike) Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 5:00.

·         Central Baptist Church of Bearden (6300 Deane Hill Dr.) Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30.

For more information or to apply for assistance with a fan, please call The Salvation Army at 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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