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Wonetha Hall
Public Relations Coordinator
Salvation Army Tampa Area Command
Phone number (248) 802-9843
Wonetha.Hall@uss.salvationarmy.org

 

“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.

June 13, 2016
Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

“Our mobile kitchen served throughout the night with water and coffee available to any responders or passersby,”  said Major Ted Morris, The Salvation Army Orlando Area Commander.  “We will continue to support responders and families with the generosity of our local community partners.   This morning, more restaurants arrived with breakfast foods and although we are grateful, we may have more than we need at this location.”

The Salvation Army is asking any commercial food vendors that are interested in supporting to please coordinate by calling The Salvation Army of Orlando at 407-423-8581.

The Salvation Army mobile kitchens, better known as canteens, prepare year round for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornados, but this week our volunteer teams have been called to action to serve along side our first responders in this time of tragedy.

“We ask everyone to join us in praying for those that have been affected by this attack,” Morris said.  “Our teams will continue to serve in coordination with emergency management and our partner organizations.”

If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please log on to our website at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY.   Those interested in becoming members of our disaster response team can register online or simply gain more information about The Salvation Army’s response to this tragic event.

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 130 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Orlando, Fla – Sunday morning, Salvation Army disaster relief teams arrived on scene at Orange Avenue near the Orange Regional Medical Center providing food and hydration to responders.   Dinner was provided in partnership with generous restaurants like Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings.

June 12, 2016

Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

Original post link: https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/news/2016/06/12/salvation-army-responds-to-tragedy-in-orlando

Orlando, Florida – June 12, 2016 – The Salvation Army Orlando Disaster Relief team activated its mobile kitchen to support emergency responders with hydration and meals. Major Ted Morris, Orlando Area Commander is working with local officials and offering additional support as needed. Emotional and Spiritual Care teams have been placed on standby to support the Central Florida Community deal with this horrific tragedy.

“We were awakened this morning to this tragic news in Orlando. Our local disaster team members immediately reached out to ask how they could help their neighbors. This is why we train, this is why our volunteers serve and today we are here to comfort those impacted across our community.” stated Major Ted Morris. “Right now as we respond with hydration and food, we ask everyone to join us in praying for those families who lost dear loved ones and those who struggle to recover in hospitals around our area.”

Salvation Army units around Florida have been placed on standby to support families and responders as needed. We encourage those in the Central Florida area to check in with family and friends to establish that they are safe and well.

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 130 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.