BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens will raise funds and awareness for The Salvation Army as part of the NFL’s virtual “Draft-A-Thon,” a three-day virtual fundraiser to support those impacted by COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, The Salvation Army has been on the front lines serving Baltimore’s most vulnerable populations.
Ravens fans from across the country are encouraged to donate April 23-25 at NFL.com/relief to support The Salvation Army. There is also a text-to-donate option.
As the nation’s largest social service organization, with more than 7,600 service locations across the country, The Salvation Army says they are positioned to meet human need amid this crisis and in the coming weeks, months and potentially years.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has evolved service delivery to ensure that the immediate needs of Baltimore’s most vulnerable populations are met. Since March 16, they have delivered a total of 2,409 food boxes and conducted 796 phone interviews for our utility assistance and other social services programs.
They've served a total of 4,327 meals through their FeedMore mobile canteen, which serves the homeless six nights a week, the Brass Hat Café in Carroll County, and the soup kitchen in Glen Burnie.
The Salvation Army also created the Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline, available toll-free from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, seven days a week at 844-458-HOPE (4673).
“The Salvation Army of Central Maryland is honored to be one of the charities selected for the 2020 DraftA-Thon,” said Major Gene Hogg. “As the full impact of this crisis is felt by the people of Baltimore, The Salvation Army will continue to meet need in His name for anyone in need of our services, but we need public support to do so. Whether you cheer for the Ravens from right here in Baltimore or from afar, we hope you will join our team of staff and volunteers in the Fight for Good.”
The Ravens also donated $100,000 to the Salvation Army's feeding operation designed to deliver 10,000 meals daily to vulnerable seniors living independently and across the 145 senior living facilities and residential housing.
Taking place in Lot C, the effort is a collaborative response between the Baltimore City Department of Aging “LEAN” Campaign, Department of Transportation, Maryland Access Point, and Maryland Stadium Authority.
The Salvation Army is one of six national service organizations selected by the National Football League Foundation to benefit from the virtual fundraiser.
The others are American Red Cross, CDC Foundation, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, and United Way.
All 32 NFL clubs have selected one or more of these organizations’ local branches to receive a portion of the funding.
Collectively, the NFL family has donated more than $50 million to various COVID-19 outreach efforts.
To learn more about The Salvation Army’s efforts in your community, visit salarmy.us/covid.