Springhill sum­mer con­cert of­fers rol­lick­ing time for Sal­va­tion Army

Mu­si­cal group brings Celtic, folk sounds for church’s com­mu­nity pro­grams

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY CHRISTO­PHER GOOD­ING CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD SPRINGHILL What started as a one-time con­cert is now an an­nual event. Jamie Black (left) and his Celtic roots mu­si­cal group The Rol­lick­ers will per­form June 19 in Springhill to sup­port Lt. Stephen Toyn­ton and the Sa

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.

CHRISTO­PHER GOOD­ING/AMHERST NEWS

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