Released 10 May 2010
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Nashville, TN: When Mix 92 decided to host a drive
to collect supplies for The Salvation Army of Nashville, they had no idea what
to expect. “We just wanted to do something to help,” explained Meredith
Mazanek, Marketing Director for the Nashville station. “For us, The Salvation Army was an obvious choice.”
found was a diverse group of Nashville citizens eager to lend a hand to their neighbors.
hadn’t heard about the drive, but saw the crowd in the parking lot of the Cool
Springs Galleria and wanted to help. He
hadn’t brought any supplies and didn’t have any cash, so MIX 92 morning host
Kim Leslie offered to go shopping with him. They returned a few minutes later with $300 worth of men’s underwear,
t-shirts and socks.
“The Harper River came within about twelve feet of my house,” said Allen. I’m grateful that we
were spared, but I wanted to do what I could to help those less fortunate than
Megan was on her way to the mall with her mom to spend the money that she had
earned helping out around the house. On the way to the mall, she heard about
the drive on the radio. “I think I’d rather spend my money on that,” she told
her mom. Upon arriving at the mall, that’s just what she did, emptying her
pockets into the MIX 92 collection bin.
Brian had to ask what “volunteering” meant when he learned of the idea at the
breakfast table this morning. “You mean
I have to work and don’t get paid?” he asked his mom. When she explained that
he would be working to help other people who needed it, he understood and
agreed. He enthusiastically toted supplies back and forth for hours.
“People who have
not been affected by the flood all know someone who has been,” said Mazanek. “I
think that’s why we’ve seen this kind of response.”
And what a
response it was. More than two truckloads of cleaning supplies, toiletries and
bottled water were collected to assist with The Salvation Army’s relief
passionate about serving our community,” said Mazanek. “That’s why our
relationship with The Salvation Army has been such a wonderful partnership.”
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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million
Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the
broadest array of social services in 5,000 communities 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. Its mission is to preach the
gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without
discrimination. Visit us on-line to learn more or to make a donation. www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Jennifer Eldridge, Director of
(615) 242-0411 ext. 243 or Cell (615) 416-4218
Jonathan Haskell, Public Information Officer, The Salvation Army, Nashville, TN. Office: 615-242-0411