Springhill summer concert offers rollicking time for Salvation Army
Musical group brings Celtic, folk sounds for church’s community programs
Summer, sounds and salvation will go hand-in-hand this month as a special concert is being held to aid all that the Salvation Army does for the area.
What started as a single event last summer to support the church and its community services is now a second annual event, with local Celtic folk group the Rollickers offering an evening of musical entertainment in exchange for donations at the door for the church.
“We had decided as a group we were going to make room in our schedule for four annual events ... it was such a wonderful night (last year) we wanted to do it again,” guitarist and vocalist James Black said.
It comes at a time when not many think of giving to charity. As the summer months take shape, many think of going to the beach and leisure instead of giving, but the need many recognize during special occasions like Christmas or Thanksgiving never subsides, Lt. Stephen Toynton says.
“Right now we’re up to 60 to 80 families a month we’re averaging (at the food bank),” Stephen Toynton said. “That’s huge when you consider some of the families we have are six-person families.”
The Salvation Army food bank has benefited from the generosity of the local business community and private donations in the past, but it is only one of the many services the Salvation Army provides.
“We do a bit more than just food to the communities we serve,” Toynton said. “We provide accommodation for transient people. The police call us all hours of the day and night looking to put people up who run out of funds.”
Besides emergency accommodations, the Salvation Army maintains a fund that prevents families from becoming out in the cold themselves.
“Some of the proceeds of this will go to people who are at real risk of disconnection of their utilities. That happens a lot,” Toynton said. “Through the winter months we will assist people with a quantity of oil for their heating, case-bycase basis based on their circumstances. This adds up to considerable amounts.”
The Rollickers will perform two 50-minute sets June 19, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Legion Branch No. 17, at 10 Elgin St. The Rollickers feature Black, his wife Bar, Bill Thompson and Stephen Ripley. Online, they can be found at www. facebook.com/therollickers.