Letter: For King & Country concert gives back through the Salvation Army

The Sun-Gazette

Dear Editor,

Four-time Grammy-winning Australian duo, For King & Country, has teamed up with The Salvation Army to support our neighbors in need this holiday season amid the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. To help rescue Christmas for families struggling to place presents under the tree, concertgoers can bring new, unwrapped toys to International Agri-Center on Nov. 14, 2020, to be distributed by The Salvation Army to Tulare children this Christmas.

Since March, The Salvation Army has evolved its programs to serve vulnerable individuals, families and those affected by COVID-19 through shelter, drive-thru feeding services, financial assistance, and emotional and spiritual care. With rises in both unemployment rates and those needing services, The Salvation Army could serve up to 155% more people this year with Christmas assistance due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, The Salvation Army of Tulare has seen a great increase in need in our community. The gifts from For King & Country concertgoers along with the public’s generosity helps The Salvation Army to rescue Christmas for over 800 children and their families in need.

The drive-in theater concert is designed to celebrate the duo’s first Christmas album, A Drummer Boy Christmas, and allow the community to safely enjoy live music.

“It’s been a difficult year for so many,” said Joel Smallbone of For King & Country. “Now more than ever, we felt compelled to get out on the road in a safe and socially distanced way to spread the joy and spirit of Christmas in the best way we know—by sharing a night of music celebrating the greatest hope the world has ever known. But we didn’t want the night to end after the last car leaves the parking lot, so we chose to support The Salvation Army and their Rescue Christmas campaign—to bring toys to families unable to afford them.”

For tickets and more information, visit forkingandcountry.com/a-drummer-boy-christmas-tour. If you’re unable to attend the concert, but would still like to help rescue Christmas for those in our community:

  • Consider enlisting in Love’s Army with a monthly gift of $25 per month.
  • Donate at Tulareredkettle.org
  • Donate digitally with Apple Pay or Google Pay at any red kettle across the country.
  • Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specifying the amount.
  • Give any amount by texting “KETTLE” to 91999.

Adopt additional Angels to give hope and joy to kids and families in need through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Rescue Christmas efforts, or to give help to those needing a hand up in your community, visit RescueChristmas.org.

Yonathan & Cynthia Escobar
The Salvation Army Tulare/Visalia

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