This week, The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls announced the first confirmed COVID-19 cases at its men’s shelter. The news was a reminder that the organization continues to fulfil its mission amidst the stresses and strains of the global pandemic.
As a result, the $16.50 Campaign, presented by Slumberland Furniture, 1650 The Fan, and the Waterloo Black Hawks will encourage donations to The Salvation Army for an unprecedented second consecutive month. In December, Black Hawks fans and 1650 listeners were asked to make donations of $16.50 to help the organization shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, create recreational activities for youth, respond to disaster situations, and more. In January, please consider another – or a first – contribution to The Salvation Army to help defray COVID-19 expenses.
“Just because there is a pandemic, the other problems The Salvation Army tries to address obviously don’t go away. In fact, many of those issues are more complicated,” said Black Hawks President of Business Operations Joe Greene. “This winter, The Salvation Army is doing more than ever before, and with Slumberland and The Fan, the Black Hawks are proud to take this effort a little farther to help them.”
The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls reports that it has provided shelter to 287 people during the pandemic, offering nearly 4,000 care management sessions to shelter residents, and providing clothing, personal care items, and substance abuse assessment to many. The organization also says the four residents and one staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus are currently only experiencing mild symptoms.
To make a donation to the $16.50 Campaign presented by Slumberland Furniture, visit waterlooblackhawks.com/1650. The page provides a link for secure electronic donations directly to The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls and details about other forms in which donations can be made.
About Slumberland Furniture – Located at 6607 University Avenue in Cedar Falls, Slumberland Furniture provides the Cedar Valley’s finest selection of living room, bedroom, and home décor, chosen for a combination of style, quality, and value. Slumberland Furniture first opened in the Cedar Valley over 50 years ago, in 1969, and has been at their current 41,000 square foot location since 2017. Slumberland has partnered with the Black Hawks on a charitable effort for each of the last 14 seasons.
About 1650, The Fan/Coloff Media – 1650, The Fan, and its three Cedar Falls-based sister stations are part of Coloff Media, which includes a dozen community stations throughout Iowa. The Cedar Falls cluster has won five Crystal Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters, signifying the group’s year-round commitment to community service. All Black Hawks regular season games, home-and-away, can be heard on 1650, The Fan, during the 2020/21 season.