• Local Charity Plans 5K Red Shield Run

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    March 21, 2018
    DATE: March 12, 2018
    Major Joseph May
    The Salvation Army
    505 Dale Street
    Post Office Box 2280
    Kingsport, Tennessee  37662
    (423) 246-6671
    KINGSPORT, TN – The Salvation Army of Kingsport will host the Second Annual Red Shield Run on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  Last year’s inaugural event welcomed beautiful weather and about 70 runners. This year’s 5K run/walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Warriors’ Path State Park and will include live music, area food trucks and a lap around duck island.  Organizer and Advisory Board Member, Neesha Shah, says that the event is a family-friendly activity open to all. “We want this 5K to appeal to the avid runner as well as the beginner,” adds Shah.

    The Salvation Army of Kingsport provides a variety of programs and services year-round to benefit underserved individuals in the Kingsport area.  In 2017 the agency provided 39,547 meals through their Community Kitchen and distributed 2,405 food orders to low-income and distressed populations.  The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter is open 365 days per year and provided 6,711 nights of shelter last year to the homeless in the Kingsport community. Those in need of clothing can receive a voucher good at The Salvation Army Family Store through their social service office.  “Many people think of us mostly at Christmas.  But our doors are open all year, offering services that meet human needs without discrimination,” reports Major Joseph May, Corps Officer of the Kingsport unit.  “When people see the Red Shield they know they will find help and hope.”
    The Salvation Army, located at 505 Dale Street, conducts a dynamic Character Building Program for children and youth ages 6-18.  This summer approximately 30 of these young people will have the opportunity to attend The Salvation Army’s Camp Paradise Valley on beautiful Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky.  In addition, weekly worship services and discipleship programs are conducted for youth and adults.
    Major May states that events such as the Second Annual Red Shield Run are important to the future of the Kingsport organization.  “As federal grants change their focus and operational dollars continue to decline, groups like The Salvation Army of Kingsport have to be more creative in their fundraising.  The Second Annual Red Shield Run will allow the community to learn more about our services and programs and give them an opportunity to support a great cause.”
    Pre-registration will be open until March 30, and the $25.00 fee includes an event t-shirt.  On the day of the race the fee is $30.00 per runner.  Runners can register at www.runtricities.org.  More information about the Second Annual Red Shield Run can be found on Facebook at The Salvation Army of Greater Kingsport or by contacting event organizer, Neesha Shah at 423.247.1122.
    About The Salvation Army
    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 to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.