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MIX 92 DRIVE DRAWS VARIETY OF PARTICIPANTS

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Released 10 May 2010

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.”

 

What they found was a diverse group of Nashville citizens eager to lend a hand to their neighbors.

 

Rob Allen 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 myself.”

 

Ten-year-old 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.

 

Six-year-old 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 efforts. 

 

“We’re 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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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 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.

 

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Eldridge, Director of Marketing

Office: (615) 242-0411 ext. 243 or Cell (615) 416-4218

jennifer_eldridge@uss.salvationarmy.org

www.salarmy-nashville.org

 

 

Submitted by Jonathan Haskell, Public Information Officer, The Salvation Army, Nashville, TN.  Office:  615-242-0411 Cell:  865-335-1573

Jonathan_Haskell@uss.salvationarmy.org

                               


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