The Salvation Army of Lee Hendry and Glades Counties Participates in VIVA Florida 500

The Salvation Army (TSA) of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties participated in the VIVA Florida 500 – Hendry County Heritage Festival on Saturday, November 9th at the Labelle Rodeo Arena. This event was held to celebrate the heritage, culture, and history of Hendry County by showcasing many different community organizations, local food vendors, music, games, and exhibits, ending with a Rodeo.

At the festival, The Salvation Army had a booth featuring the Salvation Army Doughnut Girls. These costumed ladies paid homage to the historical Salvation Army Doughnut Girls from WWI and WWII by giving away free doughnuts. The Doughnut Girls were brave Salvation Army members who traveled overseas during WWI to offer small comforts to the young men who were fighting in the war. The booth also included historical photographs of past Salvation Army work.

At noon, The Salvation Army held a ceremony on the main stage to kick off the 2013 Hendry County Red Kettle Campaign. The kettles would not be placed in the community until Friday, November 15th, but the ceremony was held to garner excitement and support for the campaign in the Hendry community. VIVA Florida 500 also accepted donations of canned goods at the festival to benefit The Salvation Army food pantry in LaBelle.

About The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans 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 for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Over ninety cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, go to The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades is proud to be a United Way partner agency. To learn more, contact The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades at (239) 278-1551 or visit their website at: The Salvation Army, we transform lives everyday.
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