HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The Salvation Army in Harrisonburg said it has seen an increase in community needs this year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, as well as other family needs.
“Over 680 families have applied for Christmas assistance, which equates to nearly 1,500 angels. Our Department of Social Services has seen such an increase in the number of people needing assistance with utilities and rent that it’s just amazing how much need there is this year,” said Salvation Army Captain Duane Burleigh.
To help fund the community’s request, there will be a fun and festive two-night event at the VFW in Harrisonburg on December 2-3.
“Memories of Elvis” will feature Rockin’ Joey and Michael Hoover, two artists who have traveled the world to pay tribute to the “king of rock and roll”.
They will perform a variety of different music ranging from vacation to “Vegas style”, all for a good cause.
“There will be gospel music, there will be Christmas music, the theme is Christmas. There will be an angel tree that they can choose and buy for this child. It’s just that we need more help than ever, as Captain Burleigh said. We need people to come to the event and support The Salvation Army in this way,” said event organizer and Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary member Mary Miller.
Donations of unwrapped toys and gift cards for grocery stores or restaurants for families in need will also be accepted.
‘Memories of Elvis’ is Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3. Doors open at VFW Post 632 at 450 Waterman Drive at 5 p.m., with dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse beginning at 6 p.m.
The concert will begin after dinner is over and will continue until 10:30 p.m.
If you would like to sponsor, donate or purchase tickets for the event, you can get more information by calling Mary Miller at 240-778-8807 or the VFW at 540-434-5579.
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