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The Salvation Army Facing Summer Strain

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Released 4 June 2013

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 current 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.

"We 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."

Who 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. 

Villafuerte 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."

Groups interested in hosting a fan or 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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