Bowling tournament to help residents with utility bills


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ALTUS – The Salvation Army of Altus is sponsoring a bowling tournament to help Jackson and Greer County residents with paying their utility bills. The major utility company representatives over all of Oklahoma will match funds raised by 50%-75% that are raised in this tournament.

The tournament, being held at the Town and County Lanes in Altus, is Scotch Doubles. Two per team, one player bowls the first frame, and second player bowls the second frame. Prizes will be awarded for the highest scores. The event is set for Friday, July 24 beginning at 6 p.m. and costs $20 for three games. You must be signed up as two people teams by July 21 to participate.

Contacts are Majors Ben or Rhonda Walters at 580-482-8577; Debbie Savage at 580-301-9415; or Gary Beach at 580-480-5162. You may pay in person at the Salvation Army, 1100 N. Park Lane in Altus, or by mail (payable to Salvation Army) PO Box 484, Altus, Ok 73522.

Throughout Oklahoma, and right here in Altus, the Salvation Army is working to keep individuals and families housed and off the streets through utility assistance programs. Studies show that the cost of helping an individual from homelessness to stable housing is about $8,000 per person. The same studies indicate that the medical consequences of being homeless add an additional cost of $2,000 per person. In contrast, consider the cost of helping those same individuals with two months of utility expenses to keep them housed and avoid homelessness altogether. Help the Salvation Army and energy partners OG&E, ONG and PSO with your financial contribution through Home Energy Aid Month this month.

The Salvation Army has been serving Jackson and Greer Counties for over 60 years. Their funding comes directly from what can be raised in the community, and the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

“Help us to do the most good in helping our residents by coming out July 24 and bowling in the tournament,” said Major Ben Walters.

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