Baseball - Mon, Nov. 25, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La. - Members of the LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball team volunteered their time to help the Salvation Army spread the love of the holiday season by being door greeters at local businesses.

LSUS Head Coach Al Cantwell was excited the opportunity presented itself for LSUS Baseball to help out the Salvation Army, "Coach Lavallee made the contact with the Salvation Army. Being able to meet and interact with so many people in the Shreveport Community while volunteering for such a great cause was an awesome experience for all of us."

The Pilots stood at the entrances to JC Penny's located in the shopping center on Youree Drive in addition to the Brookshires on East Kings Highway. Their mission was to collect donations by standing in for Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army and wish people a Happy Thanskgiving.

The players even helped people to their cars with their purchases from the store. The Pilots worked in shifts to cover the span of three six-hour days.

Coach Cantwell continued on how this brings teams closer, "Baseball brings us together every day, but its experiences like this that build a foundation for all of us to get to know each other on a much more personal level. Ringing bells for the Salvation Army may not have much to do with baseball, but I believe it helps build and show the character of our guys who all came through with a big hit."

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian 
Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission 
is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

For more information about the Salvation Army visit their website at

Almost 3.4 million people of all ages volunteered their time, talents, and resources to assist The Salvation Army's work in FY 2012. Our volunteers are critical partners in helping us fulfill our promise to America of "Doing the Most Good."

Many of our Salvation Army units across the country list their volunteer opportunities through Volunteer Match. To get involved, please visit the Volunteer Match website by clicking on their logo below, or visit and search with keyword "Salvation Army."

Alternatively, please use the location search box on our website to find your local Salvation Army to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

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