Released 15 June 2009
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Donations Made to The Salvation Army of Tampa
Will be Matched by Amscot Financial
(Tampa, Fla.) - The Salvation Army seeks donations to help feed, house and provide emergency assistance to needy families throughout Hillsborough County this summer. The first $10,000 in donations made to The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command and marked "Summer Match" will be matched by Tampa-based Amscot Financial.
"These challenging economic times are making it more difficult for hardworking families to make ends meet. Unfortunately, we are not immune to the effects of the economy, and our supplies and reserves are already running low as we enter the lean summer months," said Steve Vick, director of operations for The Salvation Army.
Summertime can be particularly difficult for low-income families, whose food budgets are already stretched to the breaking point, when children aren't receiving free school lunches. Seniors on fixed incomes and seasonal visitors also struggle during the summer months, swelling the ranks of those who need food, clothing, shelter and other types of emergency support in order to avoid homelessness.
"We are doing everything we can to prevent homelessness in Hillsborough County, and this gift from our friends at Amscot Financial will make a big difference. We thank them for recognizing the tremendous need that exists and for encouraging others in the community to help," added Vick. "We hope others will take advantage of this unusual opportunity to have their gifts matched."
To make a donation to The Salvation Army, send a check or money order in an envelope addressed to: The Salvation Army "Summer Match," P.O. Box 2839, Tampa, FL 33601, or call Moira Hinson at 813-226-0055, ext. 260. All donations are tax deductible.
Since 1893, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command has provided food, shelter, long-term transitional housing programs and counseling to those in need. Programs are designed to help struggling men, women and children overcome challenges to regain their self-sufficiency. The Salvation Army actively provides social service and spiritual assistance to the needy in 119 countries, and has been recognized as one of the world's most efficient charities by Forbes Magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Booz Allen Hamilton consulting firm, among others.