Salvation Army asks community to join in #Help5000Lynchburg fundraiser challenge

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is encouraging the community to take part in the #Help5000Lynchburg challenge and raise $25,000 to replace the loss of revenue due to event cancellations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The challenge begins on Monday, August 10, and lasts for two weeks. The organization says the hashtag was inspired by the Bible story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Although numerous events were cancelled, the Salvation Army remains open for those in need during the pandemic.

“When we received a donation from a child in the amount of $2.75 in a homemade card expressing her appreciation for the work we are doing, it encouraged us that even during difficult times such as these God can multiply gifts given from the heart to meet our needs . . . We have served hundreds during this time and anticipate those numbers will only increase as COVID19 continues to impact our community. We want the community to know how appreciative we are for their prayers, support and donations as every amount will be used to help those we serve in Greater Lynchburg.”

Major Caleb Prieto, Salvation Army of the Greater Lynchburg

One of the events canceled was Christmas in July with Mister Goodies, a collaboration that has taken place on July 25 for more than 10 years. The ice cream vendor has donated $2,000 to help start the challenge.

“There is so much need right here in our community and the Salvation Army does so much good for our area. Christmas in July will be back again in July 2021, bigger and better than ever and until then people can continue to help The Salvation Army by participating in this challenge.”

Doug Ulrich, Mister Goodies’ owner

If you would like more information on how you can help, click here or call (434) 845-5939.

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