Many of you hit the stores for Black Friday shopping, and you clocked away on Cyber Monday. Now it’s time to get ready and take part in Giving Tuesday. Jamille Rubesahm from The Salvation Army of Austin invited the community to be a part of Giving Tuesday on November 29, a day following the shop-happy holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to celebrate and encourage giving during the start of the holiday season. This year, we invited people to “Do The Most Good” in our local community by making a donation at SalvationArmyAustin.org.
The Salvation Army Austin helps families and individuals dealing with hunger and homelessness, senior citizens, veterans and families with a hand up, not a hand out to move from crisis to self-sufficiency right here in our community 365 days a year. Last year we served more than 500,000 meals in Austin and sheltered almost 3,000 people.
In 2015, 73% of those sheltered in Salvation Army emergency shelters in Austin were women and children. This is the fastest growing segment of Austin’s homeless population and is a crisis for our prosperous community. On any given day, there are about 250 women and children living in Salvation Army shelters in Austin and more than 500 on the waiting list. The Salvation Army is the safety net for these – and other – vulnerable populations. We depend on the community to help us raise the funds to help these women and children get back on their feet again.
You can make an online donation at SalvationArmyAustin.org by clicking on the Giving Tuesday banner on the homepage. In addition, the community was invited to give generously at a Red Kettle when out shopping.
You can donate to The Salvation Army on Giving Tuesday as a way to celebrate the holiday season. Call 512-605-1410 or go to SalvationArmyAustin.org for more details.
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