Christian artists have teamed up with The Salvation Army to support Americans in need. Contemporary Christian bands and artists TobyMac, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Mac Powell and Steven Curtis Chapman will present checks to the Salvation Army onstage at 50 drive-in concert locations across the country.
The donations will support the organization’s basic human needs programs to aid individuals and families facing long-term impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Salvation Army has expanded its programs to serve vulnerable Americans and those affected by COVID-19 through shelter, drive-through grocery services, financial assistance and emotional and spiritual care. With rises in both unemployment rates and those needing services, The Salvation Army anticipates that a new generation of need will result from the long-term impacts of the pandemic.
“The Salvation Army is so grateful for the generosity of Awakening Events, which will help us continue serving vulnerable Americans in need,” said Dale Bannon, national community relations and development secretary for the organization. “The gift from Awakening Events will allow our local communities to provide hope to individuals and families, and we pray that their generosity inspires others to also give.”
The drive-in theater tour is designed to allow families and friends to safely enjoy live music again. Whether they’re in the back of a pickup or on a blanket on the ground, concerts will offer fans an opportunity to have a great time while observing social-distancing guidelines. The Casting Crowns concerts will feature Salvation Army canteens to host local food drives. Canned food and other nonperishable items donated by attendees will directly support the growing need for food among individuals and families in their own community.
“The Salvation Army is deeply committed to meeting human need by providing hope to millions of Americans each year,” said Dan Fife, president and founder of concert promoter Awakening Events. “We’re honored to support their efforts to provide food, shelter, counseling, financial assistance and spiritual support to individuals and families in need during these difficult times.”
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice