Transforming Lives in Modesto, CA

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The following story was contributed by The Salvation Army, Modesto Red Shield Center of Modesto, CA.

The Salvation Army, Modesto Red Shield has been offering services to youth and their families in the community of South Modesto since 1968. Historically, the center has offered a variety of programs that service some of the poorest families in the city of Modesto. Currently, the center services approximately 100+ youth per day. It provides a safe haven for youth to come and feel as if they have a place in which they belong. Many of the youth and families call it their “Disneyland”. Youth are made to feel welcome, loved and encouraged to live up to their full potential at the Red Shield. Sometimes we see change, and sometimes we even see parents transformed as a result of their children.

One example of a life touched and transformed is that of a young girl, who came into the center over 10 years ago. Her name is Destiny.

At the time Destiny was only 7 years old, living with her Grandmother and facing an extreme form of poverty due to forces beyond her control. Her mother was a substance abuser and there was little mention of her father in the picture. Alone and in need of a bath and proper shelter, she walked into the Red Shield seeking food. The Program Director, Terry Humphres went out of her way to provide Destiny with a plate of food and a listening ear. Upon hearing the story of this young girl’s dire situation of homelessness, Terry went out of her way to intervene by getting permission to get the little girl cleaned up, fed and properly clothed. Destiny came back several days later wanting food for both herself and her Grandmother, as they both were living in a trailer home with no electricity or running water. Terry was able to secure food for the entire family as well as other services the family needed.

Terry was eventually able to obtain temporary custody of Destiny for a short period of time. During this time, she was taught some invaluable skills- including how to read her Bible and the importance of prayer. Daily diligent prayer for her mother eventually paid off, as her mom eventually went through a detoxification/rehabilitation program. Shortly after, Destiny’s mom made another pivotal decision that would change the course of her and her daughter’s life. She made a decision to fight for their future. Packing all of their belongings, she, her mother and her daughter decided to move out of state to try and start over in a different environment with better influences. Eventually the mother was able to go to college, earn her degree and is now on the road to helping other families by becoming a Social Worker.

Last week, Destiny placed a call to Terry, expressing her thanks and appreciation for all Terry had done for her over 10 years ago. Destiny was preparing for her high school prom in high spirits, grateful to God for placing someone in her life at a time when she needed help the most.

The Salvation Army, Modesto Red Shield has youth that come in and out of the center on a daily basis who are also dealing with situations of neglect and poverty. Some of these kids have been through the foster care system and are hoping for things to change in their families. Sometimes reaching out to the youth has a way of eventually bringing in the parents who have decided they want to change for their children. We are here to make a difference in whatever way possible.

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You could win Thanksgiving with Enrique!

Monday, November 7, 2011

What’s your Thanksgiving usually like? Perhaps turkey, family and board games? Maybe you opt for take-out food and friends?

This year, your Turkey Day could include Cowboys, Dolphins and a Latin Sensation. Interested? Read on!

By now you’ve probably heard our exciting news about pop superstar Enrique Iglesias performing at our 15th Annual Red Kettle Kickoff show at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day. We’re pumped that Enrique’s supporting The Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle efforts and we’re so excited to hear him sing hits from his Euphoria tour during halftime of the big game!

As part of the promotion, the Dallas Cowboys are offering the chance to spend Thanksgiving with Enrique! The package includes:

2 Tickets to Cowboys vs Dolphins on Thanksgiving Day
A Meeting with Enrique Iglesias
Round Trip Travel for 2
Hotel Accommodations for 2
In addition, you could win one of 20 Dallas Cowboys jerseys autographed by Enrique Iglesias. For a chance to win, Click Here or visit http://www.dallascowboys.com/fans/promotion_thanksgiving2011.cfm to enter your name. You can also visit the Dallas Cowboys Facebook Page for more information.

Hurry! The contest ends November 15.

Contestants must be at least 18 years old and living within the continental US to be eligible to win.

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So what’s this “kettle kickoff” about? Each year, The Salvation Army “kicks off” their Christmas Red Kettle season with a halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. The event is intended to promote our annual Christmas collections for the poor. Last year alone, our volunteer bell ringers raised $142 million outside of grocery stores nationwide. All of our collections go directly toward helping families and individuals in need: feeding hungry families, providing Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children and senior citizens, and giving individuals a warm bed at night. Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army and how your donation this Christmas will help millions of impoverished Americans.

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The Virtual Bell Ringer Contest is Officially On!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Last week we posted about the Online Red Kettle – one of the newest developments from The Salvation Army that makes is easy for anyone to ‘ring the…

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And the Kettle Kickoff Talent Is…Enrique Iglesias!

Friday, November 4, 2011

After hours of build up, we are proud to announce that our featured performer for our 15th annual Red Kettle Kickoff is acclaimed pop artist Enrique Iglesias!

Performing at the Dallas Cowboys halftime show on Thanksgiving Day, Enrique is helping us “kick off” the 120th anniversary of the Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. So not only do you get to watch the Cowboys battle the Miami Dolphins, you’ll get to dance off that turkey dinner while Enrique lights up the stage! You won’t want to miss hits from his Euphoria tour, including his newest song about giving back!

“This is a great opportunity – to spend Thanksgiving in Dallas where music, football and helping others truly comes together,” said Enrique.

Fans also have the opportunity to see this entire event LIVE entering our virtual bell ringer contest! You could win an all expenses paid trip to Dallas for the big game and kettle kickoff. All you have to do is sign up as a virtual bell ringer with The Salvation Army Online Red Kettle campaign! The person who collects the highest number of donors to give to their individual kettle will be eligible to win! Visit www.onlineredkettle.org to get started today. Don’t wait too long! The contest ends November 18.

After you’ve counted your blessings and eaten turkey to your heart’s content, help us bring in the Christmas season in style by watching the big game and The Salvation Army kettle kickoff halftime show beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST airing on FOX!

Click Here for our official press release.

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Almost there…Red Kettle Kickoff Talent to be announced TONIGHT!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, photographers and The Salvation Army – Oh My! As promised, we’re *on the scene* blogging live from Madison Square Gardens in New York City and…

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Stay Tuned…Red Kettle Kickoff Talent To Be Revealed Tomorrow!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Just one more day!

We are so eager to tell the world who will be performing at this year’s Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff…but alas, the big news will have to wait until tomorrow!

The kickoff talent will be announced at a press conference at Madison Square Gardens in New York City tomorrow evening. I’ll be live blogging and updating our Facebook and Twitter pages from the scene so you can get all of the updates and video footage in real time!

The Kettle kickoff is one of The Salvation Army’s favorite holiday traditions. Each year, we “kick off” our season of red kettle collections with a promotional concert at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium on Thanksgiving Day. The talent to-be-revealed will perform live during the game’s halftime show.

Previous acts have included the Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Toby Keith, Destiny’s Child, and Keith Urban. Those are tough acts to follow, but we promise – this year’s talent is not to be missed!

Who do you think will be performing? We’d love to hear your guesses! Here’s a hint: the talent is not a country artist/group.

Check back here for updates. You can also find updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Ring my Bell: Your Online Red Kettle is Waiting!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Salvation Army red kettles will soon be set up across the country for the holiday season. With over 25,000 collection kettles set up across the country, it’s hard to miss the iconic sights and sounds of a Salvation Army bell ringer outside of your local grocer. Those faithful, sometimes very cold volunteers make The Salvation Army’s work possible. Last year alone we raised $142 million for the poor – all from red kettle collections!

This year, we’re making it as easy as ever for you to spread joy and help others this Christmas.

We’re excited to introduce the latest Salvation Army development: the online red kettle! The new online kettle system allows you to set up your own personal kettle and ring a virtual bell via email and social networking – all from home!

Once you register at www.onlineredkettle.org, you can start an individual, company or team kettle campaign and begin collecting donations from family and friends. Those interested in joining your kettle group can search for your name on the home page. It’s as simple as registering online!

All of the donations that you collect in your kettle will help feed hungry families, provide presents for needy children, heat the homes of struggling senior citizens, and bless millions in need. You can even track your progress and start a little friendly competition– all donations are in real time. Click here to get started.

Join thousands of ringers across the country by becoming a virtual bell ringer today! Your kettle is waiting – visit www.onlineredkettle.org to start spreading the joy! To learn more about how your collections will benefit those in need, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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We are Excited to Announce…Honor Society is Back for 2011 Rock the Red Kettle!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Salvation Army must have a slammin’ report card!

We are THRILLED to announce that the band Honor Society will once again headline our 2011 Rock the Red Kettle Tour!!

The guys behind the hit band have been supporting The Salvation Army since 2009 – serving the poor in various cities, making surprise visits at Kroc Centers, helping us feed the hungry, and encouraging young philanthropists! We are so appreciative of their initiative to give back to those in need, especially when they are busy making music and touring the country!

The tour will debut hits off of their acclaimed new album A Tale of Risky Business, Pt. 2 – just released on October 25!
Be sure to mark your calendar! Here are the concert dates:

November 29: Teaneck, New Jersey

November 30: New York City, New York

December 4: West Chester, Pennsylvania

December 5: Vienna, Virginia

December 8: Chicago, Illinois

December 10: Pittsburgh, PA

Don’t forget to RSVP! Click on the dates above to visit the event’s Facebook page. See you there!

For more updates, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Angel Giving Tree Online Starts Today!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It’s officially on!

The Salvation Army and J.C. Penney Company have once again come together to launch the Angel Giving Tree Online Christmas gift drive!

You can provide Christmas gifts to a disadvantaged child or senior citizen this Christmas season by adopting an angel at www.jcp.com/angel. Once you’ve chosen your angel, you can begin purchasing gifts off of their wish lists. With record numbers of families in need this year, The Salvation Army hopes this year’s Angel Giving Tree will reach millions of children and seniors in need.

Make it a group effort! J.C. Penney has made it easier than ever to adopt. In their third year of supporting the cause, J.C. Penney’s latest angel site allows businesses, organizations and church groups to adopt multiple angels at one time – an effort to encourage adoptions as an annual holiday tradition among supporters.

To get started, visit www.jcp.com/angel. You can even choose your angel based on age, gender and your specific location.

A bonus: You have officially avoided the stress of malls and last minute shopping! But don’t wait too long – the deadline for buying presents for your adoptees is December 9.

With your generosity, you can ensure presents for some very special angels on Christmas morning. Does it get any better than that?

Click Here for our official press release.

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Paper Angels: A Novel by Jimmy Wayne

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Last year we blogged about country singer Jimmy Wayne’s hit single “Paper Angels” – a musical account of Jimmy’s turbulent childhood and his life-changing experience through The Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree program.

The acclaimed singer is back with a book by the same name. Paper Angels, out November 1, is a story based on his hit song about an unlikely boy showing a disillusioned businessman about the true meaning of Christmas.

Jimmy co-wrote this novella with fiction author Travis Thrasher. Penning this story was especially significant for Jimmy, a recipient of Christmas presents from The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program as a child. The story reminds us about how simple acts of kindness can forever change the lives of others – the same way Jimmy’s life was forever changed by the kindness of his own ‘Paper Angel’. You can order your copy of this heartwarming story by clicking here.

There are many children and seniors in need. You too can have a meaningful impact on someone’s life this Christmas. By adopting an angel through our Angel Giving Tree, you can change a life! Simply visit www.jcp.com/angel to get started. Many thanks for your support!

Check out the video below to learn more.

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