Dover, Del. (Dec. 1, 2012) --- Members of the Delaware State University women's basketball team provided an assist to local Salvation Army efforts to aid needy families this holiday season and all year long.
Lady Hornet players Aaliyah Davis and Jade Washington, along with assistant coach Yolanda Cole and director of operations Devona Knight recently served as bell ringers for the Salvaton Army's kettle program at a Dover area Wal Mart.
Donations to the kettle program provide support to needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.
Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners often are included.
Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.
Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well, people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.
The Lady Hornets' community service efforts this year also included support for the Witney's Lights anti-domestic violence program. DSU players and coaches participated in the Witney's Lights annual walk-a-thon fund raiser.