FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Relations Coordinator
Salvation Army Tampa Area Command
Phone number (248) 802-9843
“CHRISTMAS IN JULY” HAPPENING AT AMALIE ARENA SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016 AT THE TAMPA BAY STORM –VS- PHILADELPHIA SOUL GAME TO BENEFIT
THE SALVATION ARMY
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game to help make the spirit of Christmas a reality for children and families in need.
TAMPA, Fla. (July 16, 2016) – It’s hard to think of “Christmas” in July but that’s exactly what the Salvation Army and Tampa Bay Storm want you to do on Saturday, July 16th! Fans donating a new, unwrapped toy at the Tampa Bay Storm vs. Philadelphia Souls game will receive a free ticket to the game! That’s right! The Storm will give away 1 ticket per toy donated! (Maximum of 4 tickets per person)
Why now? The Salvation Army needs your help! This head-start will allow the registration of more needy families for the Angel Tree program. Each Christmas, the Salvation Army provides over 17,000 toys to needy children across the Tampa Bay area. This volunteer – led tradition has been serving our community for over 37 years. Toys donated in July will make it possible for The Salvation Army to add more families to the Angel Tree registry in the coming months.
The TB Storm, CHASE and ABC Action News are hosting the toy drive during the pre-game party on the plaza of Amalie Arena! Local celebrities will be on-site collecting the toys for the Salvation Army and distributing game tickets to donating fans! Big surprises are also planned during the game! Bring the entire family for an unforgettable afternoon!
“There is no better gift than the one that is given from the heart” said Tampa Area Commander Captain Dr. Andrew Miller. “By faith we believe in what is not seen, and by choice we act on this faith by helping our neighbors in need and building a stronger, more compassionate community.”
“For more than 20 years, viewers and employees at ABC Action News have adopted angels” said Director of Community Affairs Lissette Campos. “To see a child ask for bed sheets, along with a toy is a wake-up call. Without Angel Tree, these children would have nothing on Christmas morning.”
To learn more about the Salvation Army Tampa Area Command Angel Tree program, please contact our Angel Tree Coordinator, Jessica Vick at 813-549-0636.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 150 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information on the Tampa Area Command, go to www.salvationarmytampa.org.