SALVATION ARMY TEAMS UP WITH SPRINGFIELDS NBA-D LEAGUE TEAM

Salvation Army Announces New Partnership with the Springfield Armor

Press Conference and Photo Opportunity Announced for Saturday, November 21st, 2009 at Eastfield Mall

SPRINGFIELD-The Greater Springfield Salvation Army is proud to announce that they are partnering with Springfield’s newest NBA-D League team. The Springfield Armor will be the official sponsor of the Red Kettle Campaign, which is the main fundraiser for the Salvation Army.

A press conference and photo opportunity will be held to kick off the Red Kettle Campaign and unveil the Armor’s new mascot at the Eastfield Mall in the concourse area outside Old Navy, 1655 Boston Rd, Springfield, MA on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 2pm.

At this event, the Springfield Armor will unveil the new mascot and its new name thanks to the Springfield community. Joining the mascot will be two of the Springfield Armor basketball players, who will be debuting their home and away uniforms. This will be the first time the mascot and the uniforms have been presented in public. Spokespersons from the Salvation Army and the Springfield Armor will be available for interviews.

Springfield Salvation Army officials say this partnership could not have come at a better time as the need for donations is even greater this year. Due to the economy, the Springfield Salvation army has lost $38,000.00 from local funders and earnings from investments, which has forced the organization to cut its services in many programs. Should the Salvation Army not receive its much needed funding from the Kettle Drive, it will be forced to decrease even more year round services it provides to over 30,000 local families through weekly emergency assistance programs, coat distribution, the Family Reading Program, Teen Violence and Gang Prevention, Weekly Tutoring Program, Music Tutoring Program and much more.

“We are so appreciative of the Springfield Armor for partnering with us,” said Major Thomas Perks, Commanding Officer of the Greater Springfield Salvation Army. “This year is extremely tough and having the Armor sponsor this campaign is really going to help us out. Many families who never had to ask for assistance before are now in need of our services. We understand that times are tough for everyone, but we are hopeful that community members will continue to support our efforts and help us provide extremely important services that help thousands of families in the Springfield area, from food and shelter, to after school programs.”

As part of the sponsorship, the “Red Kettles” will be present at various Springfield Armor games at the MassMutual Center. The Salvation Army is asking the community if they see a red kettle at the Armor games or any of the various locations to donate whatever they can afford as every little bit helps. The Salvation Army’s goal this season is to reach $62,000.00, which will help the Salvation Army assist thousands of people in the Springfield area.

The drive helps the organization to fulfill its year long mission of serving thousands of local families in need. The Salvation Army champions for less fortunate individuals and families assisting them with various programs that help to enrich our local communities. The Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign has been the organization’s signature fundraising initiative for more than 100 years.

The Salvation Army is looking for individuals who would be willing to be in charge of a kettle, serving as bell-ringers, for about three hours. Groups are also encouraged to volunteer, such as athletic teams or school clubs, in which they could supply volunteers to spread out throughout an entire day. Serving as a bell-ringer is not only a way that community members can give back to the community, it’s also a very rewarding experience that brings people together and inspires the spirit of giving.

If you have not seen a kettle in your area and would like to help out, monetary donations can be made in the form of a check, which can be made out to the Salvation Army P.O. Box 971, Springfield, MA 01105. Please indicate that the donation is for the Kettle Fund. Thank you in advance for your support. For more information or to learn how to become a volunteer, please call Major Tom Perks at 413-733-1518.

About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need/ Nearly 29 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.