Customers of Bashas’ and Food City stores raised $186,174.95 in July in support of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services as part of Bashas’ “Charity of the Month” program.
Customers were given the opportunity to donate to The Salvation Army EDS at store registers across Arizona, according to a release.
“The Salvation Army would like to thank Bashas’ for providing this platform and express our heartfelt gratitude to its customers for their generosity in helping our neighbors in need,” Lt. Col. Kelly Pontsler, commander of The Salvation Army Southwest Division, based in Phoenix, said in the release. “We are truly blessed to have Bashas’ as a community partner.”
The Salvation Army EDS has been on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, serving the most vulnerable with food, household goods, and rent and utilities assistance. They also have been providing meals and supplies for evacuees displaced by wildfires; PPE, food and beverages for first responders; and life-saving hydration to people living outdoors in the unforgiving summer heat, the release states.
“The Salvation Army provides critical services to thousands of Arizonans, whether in a crisis situation or to simply meet the needs of the underserved community,” Edward “Trey” Basha, president and CEO of Bashas’ Family of Stores, said in the release. “In times of uncertainty, our customers continue to show their support for their neighbors through our Charity of the Month program. Coming together to support one another is critical right now and we are honored to be part of this great Arizona community.”