Princeton, IND (April 7th, 2014) For over 100 years The Salvation Army has been relying on Gibson and Pike Counties to fund the mission to help those in need. This is a proud tradition that has continued to today. On the heels of a successful Christmas campaign, the communities in the aforementioned counties have continued their outpouring of support. Lt. Jonathan Cooper, Corps Officer of the Princeton Salvation Army, said “I can’t say enough about what this community means to us. Without their support, thousands of people go hungry. Without their support, hundreds lose their utilities. Without their support, we don’t exist”. The latest support came from this past weekend’s 2nd annual “War on Hunger” drive.
WAR ON HUNGER
On a brisk Saturday morning, The Salvation Army, in conjunction with H&R Block and Save-a-Lot, declared “War on Hunger”. Setting up shop on H&R Block’s new location on 2nd Avenue and Broadway in Princeton, the organization was hoping to raise enough nonperishable food to last through the summer. Like the blustery wind that day, the food kept coming; more than filling the organization’s food pantry, which serves hundreds of families per week. Jamie Wheatley, Social Services Director for The Salvation Army in Princeton said, “The community never ceases to amaze me”. We put our need out there, and they just respond”. The day brought in monetary donations as well, which will go entirely to purchasing food for the grocery providing program. This wasn’t the only recent activity to help The Salvation Army.
Goodies Comes Through
Local retailer, Goodies, asked it’s customers if they would like to help The Salvation Army with a donation, in the month of March. This partnership will amount to a nice donation to The Salvation Army which will help it sustain it’s programs through the remainder of the year. Goodies also provided a portion of the proceeds during the month as a contribution to the Army. As if that weren’t enough, It doesn’t end there!
Princeton Library Fine Forgiveness
The local public library in Princeton has pledged its food raised from the fine forgiveness period in April to The Salvation Army. If anyone should have an outstanding fine at the Library, one canned good will provide $1 off their fine. Lt. Cooper said, “We can’t begin to thank the Library for pledging this food to our organization. We’re on the same team. We wasn’t the best for our community and try to help develop individuals on a day to day basis, to better our community and their lives”.
The Salvation Army has been overwhelmed by the recent generosity of the Gibson and Pike Counties and continues to pledge to “Do the Most Good” possible with their donations.
About The Salvation Army in Princeton
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1906 in Princeton, Indiana. Thousands of people in our area 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 89 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those in need.