A little bit of wind and the possibility of a storm didn’t stop The Salvation Army from making the Indianapolis Indians game Thursday night. The Christmas in July event went off without a hitch — well sort of.
The wind prevented the Salvation Amy team from completely setting up the Red Kettle bounce house. A sudden gust almost sent the 24-foot inflatable into left field. On a brighter note, the storms passed right over Indianapolis without as much as a drop of rain, making for a beautiful night to catch a ballgame.
Major John Turner, the Indiana Divisional Commander, addressed the crowd from home plate before the game started:
“We have a saying, ‘you don’t give TO The Salvation Army, you give THROUGH The Salvation Army.’ Last year, through The Salvation Army, YOU provided more than 2.1 million meals to those who were hungry. Through The Salvation Army, YOU provided 96,000 safe nights of shelter to those struggling with homelessness, and those fleeing domestic violence. Through The Salvation Army, YOU gave hope to hundreds of men and women battling addictions. YOU provided a safe place for children to go after school, and YOU provided over a million dollars in assistance for the survivors of the Southern Indiana tornadoes this past spring.”
Following Maj. Turner’s speech, Chris Moore threw the honorary first pitch for The Salvation Army — an almost perfect strike that whizzed right across home plate. Moore, a teacher at Lynhurst 7th and 8th Grade Center and counselor for Great Spirits summer day camp, brought a group of students to cheer him on. The kids helped The Salvation Army by wearing Homelessness Bites shirts and passing out key chains with Bed and Bread Club cards attached. The biggest help of the evening was when Moore and his students rang the Victory Bell signaling the Indians win over the Pawtucket Red Sox.
A special thanks to the Indianapolis Indians for helping The Salvation Army organize such a wonderful night. Rowdy sure looked good wearing a red apron. Another big thanks to The Westin Indianapolis for sponsoring the lucky seat, an overnight stay at the hotel. And of course, a giant thank-you to all our volunteers, staff members and the individuals that helped support Salvation Army night.