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.

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