Time to play ball — for the Salvation Army

Maybe your swing lacks the power you would like it to have. Or perhaps your glove work will need some polish this upcoming softball season.

Well, the Salvation Army can help by offering an early start to your 2015 schedule. And you, in turn, can help the Salvation Army send youngsters to summer camp.

The local social service agency and Christian church has organized its first softball tournament for March 14 at Garden City’s Dunn Stadium on Jonesville Road.

Cost is $150 per team, which must supply its own softballs and bats. First-place finisher will recoup that entry cost — unless players decide to donate it to the cause.

Last year, the Salvation Army sent about 60 children to camps that included sports, music and character building. Organizers also will sell T-shirts for $15 to benefit the cause. Food and drinks also will be sold at the tournament.

In a similar fundraiser, the Salvation Army is partnering with Chili’s for a Dine to Donate event. People who participate pick up coupons at the Salvation Army office or have them mailed before visiting the restaurant, where 15 percent of their bill goes to the local church.

Information: Nancy Johnson at 812-375-4654 or the Salvation Army office at 812-372-7118

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.