KINGSPORT — When international contemporary Christian artists, the Newsboys, perform at Kingsport on Friday night, the local Salvation Army will receive a donation to support its local services.
The Awakening Foundation, Altrua HealthShare and K-LOVE Radio have partnered with The Salvation Army to support individuals and families struggling with pandemic poverty through the Stand Together Tour, which stops in Kingsport.
The partnership, now on track to exceed $500,000 in total multi-year donations, will present a donation to the Salvation Army at each stop of the concert tour, according to a Wednesday press release from Captain Aaron Abram of the ‘Greater Kingsport Salvation Army.
The Newsboys, formed in Australia in 1985, will perform at the Higher Ground Baptist Church at 7pm on Friday, when the statement said the local Salvation Army will receive the contribution. Tickets are $10 general admission or $75 each for VIP Gold tickets or $67.50 each for 10 or more VIP Gold tickets.
Kingsport is the penultimate leg of the ongoing concert tour, the last being in Florence, South Carolina, before the band travels to England for three shows.
Abram said many people see the Salvation Army as bell ringers and red kettles at Christmas, but he said few know about the role the organization plays in helping those who are suffering throughout the year.
When the pandemic started in 2020, he said, the Salvation Army responded with shelter for the homeless, meal services for those who are food insecure, financial assistance for those who risk expulsion and emotional and spiritual care for those who need a listening ear or an encouraging word.
As the impact of the pandemic lingers, basic services like food continue to be essential for individuals and families who might otherwise be forced to choose between eating a meal or paying bills like utilities or rent.
“We are seeing an incredible need that continues long after the initial outbreak of the pandemic,” Abram said. “The Salvation Army of Greater Kingsport anticipates that more than 4,000 people will depend on Salvation Army food, pantry, emergency shelter and other social services programs to get through the months coming.
“That’s why the donation from the Awakening Foundation comes at just the right time to help many people facing incredible needs.”
Since the pandemic began, Abram said, the Greater Kingsport Salvation Army has provided more than 26,000 meals, 750 food boxes, more than 300 emotional and spiritual care sessions and 18,000 nights of accommodation.
About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army helps more than 30 million Americans each year overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardship through a range of social services. By providing food to the hungry, emergency relief to disaster survivors, rehabilitation to those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and clothing and shelter to those in need, the Salvation Army the greater good in 7,000 operations centers across the country. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked #2 on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. It’s on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.
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