To Help Save the Bethesda Centre Visit

May 15, 2012, 06:00 ET from THE SALVATION ARMY Not Affiliated With The Salvation Army

TORONTO, May 15, 2012 /CNW/ - In order to continue operations, the Bethesda Centre in London, Ontario must raise $1.5 million before May 31, 2012. The Salvation Army has set up a website,, to collect donations to save the centre. When you donate to this secure site, you will receive a charitable donation receipt if the $1.5 million goal is met. If the goal is not reached by the deadline, The Salvation Army will offer to provide you with a refund for your donation. All donations are being held in trust until the May 31st deadline.

Another website currently being promoted to collect donations for this effort,, is not affiliated with The Salvation Army. Donations to this site will not be eligible to receive an official charitable tax receipt from The Salvation Army. Furthermore, The Salvation Army will not be able to provide refunds to donors who donate via if the goal is not met.

In order to ensure that your donation will go directly toward helping the centre, please donate to Donations can also be sent to Divisional Headquarters, 371 King St., London and the Bethesda Centre at 54 Riverview Ave., London.

We are extremely gratified by the outpouring of concern and support from many in the community who want to see the Bethesda Centre continue to operate. We also appreciate the efforts of Justin Bieber and his mother, Pattie Mallette, for drawing attention to this issue. We remain optimistic that people will come through in support of this effort.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

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