Hanes Donates Generously to Salvation Army

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Socks – they seem so basic. Can you even fathom being without them? The reality is, many people are without this necessity. Guest blogger Brooke Newsome brought this need to light a few weeks ago in her touching story called Remember the Socks.

Thanks to the generosity of Hanes – the country’s #1 sock brand – The Salvation Army is helping to fill the need. Today, Hanes launched their 3rd Annual Virtual Sock Drive – and they can’t do it without your help.

From now until December 22, for each visitor that clicks ‘Donate Now’ on the Hanes’ Facebook Page, Hanes will donate a pair of socks to The Salvation Army to distribute. With your help, the generous company will give up to 250,000 pairs of socks to those in need this Christmas!

Two clicks and you’ve warmed some feet! Click Here to get started.

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In promotion of the virtual fundraiser, The Salvation Army’s Western Territory teamed up with Hanes November 4 to distribute socks and food to people in Los Angeles on Skid Row. You can see pictures from the event on the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog by clicking here.

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Video: Holiday Giving with Square

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Check out this video from a bell ringer in San Francisco collecting a donation via Square! The new mobile payments technology allows bell ringers at Salvation Army red kettles to accept credit card donations using smartphones. Starting today, the Squares are being tested at 10 locations in Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York via donated phones from Sprint.

In an increasingly cashless society, The Salvation Army hopes this new method of giving will make it that much easier for donors to support The Salvation Army’s efforts serving 30 million Americans each year.

Click Here to view the official press release.

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Introducing Digital Donating with Square Technology

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Salvation Army is accepting mobile credit card donations via smartphones equipped with Square technology at its Red Kettles in select cities.

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Happy National Philanthropy Day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Today is National Philanthropy Day and as such, The Salvation Army would like to thank you for all that you do to make our work possible! We couldn’t serve others without our faithful volunteers and generous donors. The love and commitment of our supporters is evidenced every day. 25,000 volunteers give up their valuable time to ring bells at our Christmas kettles at this time each year. Our supporters, not thinking twice about it, drop extra change in the red kettles outside of the grocery store every day throughout the holiday season. We raised $142 million for the poor from red kettle collections last year alone!

We just couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for your support and dedication that helps us serve millions in need across the globe.

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Cast Your Vote: Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving” Campaign is Officially On!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving” empowers Facebook users to nominate The Salvation Army to receive part of a $1.5 million grant.

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Bell Ringer Performs for 36 Hours Straight

Monday, November 14, 2011

Volunteer bell ringer raises awareness and $2,500 in donations by playing euphonium at red kettle for 36 hours straight.

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Angel Giving Tree Online: Be Someone’s Santa this Christmas!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree Online campaign presented by jcpenney is in full swing! There are still thousands of angels waiting for you to adopt them this Christmas. What are you waiting for? Until December 13, you can ensure a very special Christmas morning to disadvantaged children, teens and seniors in need by adopting an angel online.

What’s even better this year: the newest online system allows you to specify your angel by zip code, city, state, age and gender. Click Here to be someone’s Santa!

On this Veterans Day, in honor of those who have and continue to serve, consider adopting a disadvantaged senior citizen this Christmas. There are many overlooked senior citizens who are either facing financial hardship or lack the family support system who would otherwise make Christmas special. We remember our Veterans in need – many of whom are struggling to provide for themselves – and we hope you’ll help provide joy and love for these deserving folks this Christmas.

jcpenney is creating even more incentive to join in this effort! Creating awareness of the importance of providing Christmas to the less fortunate, jcpenney is leveraging Black Friday weekend. Here are the details:

On Thanksgiving Day, jcpenney will donate $50 to The Salvation Army, up to $400,000 for every angel adopted online – giving customers another reason to take advantage of online Black Friday specials at www.jcp.com.

On Black Friday, jcpenney will donate $25 to The Salvation Army, up to $100,000, for every customer who uses Foursquare to check-in to a jcpenney store between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m. Don’t know what Foursquare is? Click Here to sign up!

For over 40 years, jcpenney has generously helped The Salvation Army serve others in need at Christmastime. With your help, we could reach our goal of raising an additional $500,000 to be given to others in need. How awesome is that?

To adopt your angel today, please visit www.jcp.com/angel. For more information on The Salvation Army, please visit our national site at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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Detroit: World’s Largest Red Kettle

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Detroit resident builds world’s largest kettle as a thank you to The Salvation Army for the help that was provided to him.

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Children’s Story ‘The Bell’ Teaches Lessons of Love & Compassion

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Salvation Army volunteer Scott Cornwell was ringing a bell for Christmas kettle donations in 2005 when he was inspired to tell the deeper meaning behind the iconic red kettles. Collecting donations at the Mall of America, he realized his bell was broken and needed repairing. It was at that moment that Scott realized the broken bell was symbolic of the very people The Salvation Army helps to restore each day.

This realization helped him create the children’s story The Bell – an illustrative way to teach children the importance of compassion and to provide better understanding behind the holiday tradition of bell ringing.

The story’s main character is Bella, a broken hand bell who is certain no one loves her because she’s unable to make a sound. Bella is downtrodden and broken; representative of the millions of Americans The Salvation Army seeks to help each day. Thanks to a kind man, Bella is eventually restored and able to make music again.

Bella’s story is not uncommon. Through the generosity of donors and the loving hearts of faithful volunteers, thousands of broken lives are repaired every day. This is the purpose of The Salvation Army: mending the lives and spirits of people in need – counseling, rehabilitating, and meeting basic needs. This is why our red kettles started 120 years ago. Thousands of small donations really add up – $142 million last year from our Christmas kettles! Donations are turned right around to serve the community in which they were raised.

So as the holidays approach and you see that dedicated bell ringer outside of your local store, we hope you’ll remember the story of The Bell. By simply donating your extra change, you’ll help restore the life and spirit of someone who truly needs a boost.

If you would like to share this touching story with a child, order your copy by visiting http://thebellstory.com/book.php. A bonus: a portion of the proceeds from this book have been donated to The Salvation Army!

You can also visit The Bell’s Facebook Page by clicking here.

Are you looking for ways to give or volunteer? Please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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Update: Honor Society Will Rock the Red Kettle in More Cities!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Worried you might miss Honor Society perform during their Rock the Red Kettle national tour this holiday season? We have some good news- the band has released even more concert dates in more cities across the country!

Here’s the complete list of Honor Society concert dates so far (click on the city to RSVP and grab your tickets!):

Orlando, FL: November 26

Atlanta, GA: November 27

Teaneck, NJ: November 29

New York, NY: November 30

Boston, MA: December 1

Montreal, Canada: December 2

Toronto, Canada: December 3

West Chester, PA: December 4

Vienna, VA: December 5

Nashville, TN: December 6

Detroit, MI: December 7

Chicago, IL: December 8

Cleveland, OH: December 9

Pittsburgh, PA: December 10

St. Louis, MO: December 12

Phoenix, AZ: December 15

Los Angeles, CA: December 18

For the second year in a row, Honor Society is helping The Salvation Army create awareness for our Christmas Red Kettle collections. We’re especially excited to rock out this year. Why? Because not only is Honor Society’s newest album A Tale of Risky Business, Pt. 2 REALLY GOOD, but this is The Salvation Army’s 120th year of collecting donations for the poor at Christmas red kettles.

That’s right- since 1891 those iconic red kettles and familiar bells have been bringing in donations so that The Salvation Army can serve others in need.

Join us as we rock out in celebration of another great season of giving!

For updates, check back here or looks us up on Facebook or Twitter.

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