“After the holiday season some people think The Salvation Army takes a break,” says Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez of Austin. “No more bell ringing. No more Christmas kettles. We just wait until next year to help those in need. But nothing could be further from the truth!”
“Every day The Salvation Army is there to assist those in need with food, shelter, clothing and emergency assistance. With the help of our supporters, in 2013, we provided life-saving services to more than 20,000 women, children and men in desperate need in Travis and Williamson Counties.”
With the slow comeback of the economy and the recent food stamp budget cuts, the most vulnerable among us are still at risk; nearly half of all Americans now rate as poor or low-income according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“With persistently high unemployment, rising living costs and stagnating wages, there are many in our community who are hurting. That’s why Annual Fund Drive Campaign is so important,” says Lt. Colonel Gonzalez. “Our goal is to raise $198,000 by January 31 to ensure our ability to care for the most vulnerable among us. We want to be ready to respond to those who need our help in 2014 and, with the support of our friends in Travis and Williamson Counties, we will.”
Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez reports for the coming year The Salvation Army will be called on to….
- Provide grants for rent, utility assistance, medicine and food for families in desperate need.
- Visit lonely, hurting people in nursing homes and correctional facilities.
- Provide meals to hungry men, women and children in Travis and Williamson Counties.
- Give disadvantaged children the opportunity to experience spring break and summer camps.
To donate to The Salvation Army, please mail your gift to The Salvation Army, Austin Area Command, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 231, Austin, Texas, 78758, or make a donation online at SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org.