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National “I’ll Fight Day” Comes to Reno County

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By The Salvation Army 

 

HUTCHISON, Kan. (Dec. 9, 2023) — The Salvation Army’s I’ll Fight Day comes to the Reno County community this weekend on Saturday, December 9.

This year’s $20 Bill Challenge resulted in (75) $20 Bills, which totals $1,500. This also resulted in our largest daily kettle total of the season.

“Typically, we only have around $300-$500 in $20 Bills and it definitely made it a lot more exciting while counting buckets. However, we’re really excited, because we only matched $1,500 of the $5,500 match that the donors gave,” said Major James. Those donors have agreed to continue to encourage the community again for the next two Saturdays.   

This Saturday will be another $20 Bill Challenge, but it will also be The National “I’ll Fight Day” Challenge. The name “I’ll Fight Day” is in honor of the final sermon given by William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army. As he stood at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England to over 7,000 Salvationists, Booth’s final words summed up the heart and mission of The Salvation Army.

“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While there is a poor lost girl upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight;
I’ll fight to the very end!”

“We generally think about the hundreds of families who come to The Salvation Army for Christmas Food Boxes and well over 1000 children who will receive toys, but we help over 12% of the community as they come through our doors over the course of a year,” said Major James. The challenge of “I’ll Fight Day” is for others to come alongside The Salvation Army to fight for Hope in the lives of our community members. You can help us “Fight” through financial donations, as The Salvation Army has struggled financially to meet the needs of the community this year. This can also be through volunteering to ring bells, or volunteering to help with giving out toys and food this holiday season.

The Salvation Army would like you to come and “Fight” the battle of Hope with them!