SAVANNAH, GA – June 16, 2020 – The Salvation Army of Savannah (TSA) has announced the launch of a new Savannah Corps Legacy Challenge to encourage people to make a gift in their will or trust to TSA. Thanks to this legacy challenge, by making a commitment to the programs and services of TSA to support future generations in our community, these pledges will also have an immediate local impact.
Through the generosity of an anonymous local donor, a $150,000 gift was made to The Salvation Army of Savannah for the urgently needed renovation of the roof and gutter replacement at the 27-year-old Community Center on Savannah’s Bee Road. This generous gift has the additional benefit of introducing the new $10 to $1 Legacy Challenge, meaning every $10 of a new planned gift to the Savannah Corps secures $1 of Legacy Challenge funds. The Legacy Challenge goal is to secure the $150,000 now by generating more than $1,500,000 of new planned gifts for the future.
The Community Center serves as recreational space for TSA shelter residents and those in The Salvation Army’s free rehabilitation program which helps those facing the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse rise above their circumstances. The Community Center plays a vital role in many of the regular programs TSA provides for the community such as the after-school program that offers meals, tutoring, and recreational activities to children as well as a summer day camp, a senior citizen program and a chapel for worship services and Sunday school. The center is also made available for the community to hold activities such as Zumba classes, karate, kickball, a music program for children to learn piano and more.
“At The Salvation Army, we like to say that ‘Some people’s legacies are written on monuments. Yours can be written on lives.’ What an honor it is to continue your impact on one more family, one more child, one more life, and one more soul through helping the TSA sustain our life-changing mission of Doing the Most Good in our local community through this Legacy Challenge,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “Many people like to leave a gift to charity in their will, and we are very grateful that many of our donations are from endowments which go directly to supporting our vital programs and enables us to have far-reaching impact on the future of generations to come.”
Individuals can make an immediate impact, using ways to give that are cheaper, easier, and smarter, by creating and documenting a gift in their will, trust or other planned gifts such as retirement plans, IRAs, cash, real estate, stocks, bonds, personal property, life insurance or payable on death beneficiaries. These types of generous gifts support child education, stabilizing families, emergency housing, utility assistance, food drives, and more.
To learn more about other ways to give cheaper, easier, and smarter, please email Associate Planned Giving Director for South & Coastal Georgia, Gary Kovar, at Gary.Kovar@uss.salvationarmy.org.
The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 120 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. From youth programs that keep kids safe when parents are working, to holiday baskets and food pantries that feed the hungry, to material and utility assistance that helps those struggling to make ends meet, TSA never fails to make a meaningful difference to those in our community who are most in need.
To make a monetary donation directly now 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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