HALO issues first-ever Teddy Bear Challenge

Hope and Life Outreach Ministry, better known as HALO, is inviting the community to join its first annual Teddy Bear Challenge, its end-of-year fundraiser.

Many know HALO as “that place that feeds the homeless.” The nonprofit serves hundreds of meals each day to those in need.

According to Executive Director Celeste Savage, many people don’t realize that HALO shelters scores of homeless men, women and children every night of the year.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be no exception.

“When people take the HALO tour, they are amazed at everything we do — especially when they see the children’s wing,” said Savage.

“The Teddy Bear used in the Challenge is bedraggled, worn and in need of love – just like those who enter our shelter,” Savage said. “When you look at him, you can tell he’s been through a lot, but underneath it all, he’s still that lovable teddy bear.”

The Teddy Bear Challenge encourages a personal donation of $50 to help support the ongoing mission of HALO. The donations will enable HALO to continue to provide basic life essentials to those in need – a meal, a clean bed, a shower and toiletries among other resources.

“The biggest part of the Challenge is we are asking participants to have a multiplying impact by asking 10 of their family and friends to join the Teddy Bear Challenge, too,” said Savage. “By sharing the message on your Facebook page, directly emailing your friends or spreading the word in other ways, you can help our campaign go viral.

“The more we raise, the more resources we can provide for the most vulnerable every day of the year.  Please help Teddy stuff that box with donations,” she said.

To join the Teddy Bear Challenge, go to Hope and Life Outreach on Facebook or haloministry.org; visit their office at 119 South Blvd., Salisbury (behind Acme shopping center); or call 410-742-9356.

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