SAVANNAH, GA – April 21, 2020 – Three members of The Landings Landlovers club presented a generous donation to The Salvation Army during a brief outdoor ceremony Monday afternoon at The Landings Plantation Club on Skidaway Island. Salvation Army Savannah Corps Officer Major Paul Egan accepted a check from Rip Rubin, chairman of the Landlovers’ flea market fundraiser committee; John Ufford, Landlovers vice president; and Gail Tomassini, an incoming Landlovers board member who will serve as co-chair of the ways and means committee.
The Landings Landlovers, which was founded 45 years ago, promotes fellowship and community improvement. They host a variety of fundraisers each year, the biggest of which is their annual flea market. The money the club raises is donated to various philanthropies, nonprofit causes and charity organizations in the community. This year’s flea market was held just before COVID-19 became a threat in Georgia, so the event was a success. The Salvation Army assists the group with the event each year, and given the current health crisis, Landlovers members thought it was an excellent time to repay the favor.
“They’ve been instrumental in helping us with our flea market over the years and this year, they did a tremendous job. So we wanted to give back to them because we know they had to close their stores, and we heard about that, and we thought this would be a perfect organization to be able to provide some money to,” Rubin said.
Egan thanked the club representatives and explained just how much this generosity means during a difficult time.
“One-third of our budget comes from the sales at our stores. And to have folks like The Landings Landlovers, The United Way, Gulfstream, International paper – just to name a few – really go the extra mile to make sure The Salvation Army is still able to serve the neighbors of the people who live here in Savannah,” Egan said. “We came out here today to be blessed by the Landlovers and by the great donation they’ve given to The Salvation Army – just one of many great things they do for this community. They were also very kind to give The Salvation Army some of the extra things that get donated once they were done with their flea market; so those go back to The Salvation Army to be sold in our stores to fund our work.”
Regarding the reopening of its stores, Egan said The Salvation Army will follow the governor’s orders and, they look forward to welcoming shoppers back when the time is right and it is safe to do so. In the meantime, the organization is sheltering and feeding some of the community’s most vulnerable residents.
“Right now, we’re opening our shelter 24 hours. So, in addition to feeding the normal supper and breakfast, we’re also serving lunch. We’re also having to our man our place a little bit longer. At the Salvation Army, we have women and children who stay with us. So, we’ve opened up the Bee Road facility, where our community center is, to be able to house them during the day as well, so they can have a place where the kids can play and they can have a little bit more room to pass the day along until this quarantine is over,” Egan said.
To make a monetary donation directly or for more information about The Salvation Army Savannah, please visit https://salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004 and follow the organization via social media.
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