Wednesday, October 19, 2011
“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” Psalm 140:12
As Americans we’re somewhat conditioned to believe there is always “someone else” taking the financial lead on helping the poor. But in the current economic crisis, that “someone” is a shrinking number.
As you might imagine, charitable organizations are majorly struggling to stay afloat in the current economic climate. The ingredients for wealth – a free market and a stable economy – are the same ingredients that encourage charitable giving. Dwindling bank accounts and lost job security means charitable organizations suffer. And rightfully so: one must take care of their own family before that of others.
But the recession also means there’s a larger demand for need. In fact, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army has seen a 30% increase in requests for financial assistance. Whereas in a healthy economy, charities are normally readily available to help, this overwhelming increase means resources are drying up faster. It seems there is a new story every day about the empty shelves at Salvation Army food banks across the country.
But with your support, The Salvation Army can fill the need. With a presence of over 7,000 locations nationwide, we are ready to provide for those who need housing, clothes, furniture, financial assistance, rehabilitation, spiritual counseling, or toys at Christmas – to name a few.
But we can’t do any of this without your support.
While times are tough and pocketbooks are tight, your love can still be shown in a number of ways. Your monetary donations, whether large or small, make possible our many programs and help thousands in financial despair. Your old coats can keep members of your community warm during the winter months. Your donated goods could change a life at our Adult Rehabilitation Centers. Every bit of your support is immensely appreciated by all and enables your local Salvation Army to fill an ever-increasing need in your community.
You can visit our website to learn more about ways to give. To find out ways that you can help your local Salvation Army fill that need, click here and type in your zip code in the upper-right corner.
Thank You for Your Support of The Salvation Army!
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Morgan Shepherd is one thoughtful race-car driver! Two more lucky kids joined NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team at Charlotte Motorspeedway’s “Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage” this past friday.
Charlotte Boys and Girls Club members Keddrick and De’Majha had the best seats at the event, enjoying an action-packed race by sitting with the crew chief on the pit-box during the race. Joining the kids were guests Martin Sanders, Director of Development for The Salvation Army Greater Charlotte, and Cedric Cook, Unit Director of the Boulevard Homes Boys & Girls Club.
Shepherd entertained the Salvation Army guests with autographs, pictures, lunch and soft drinks. Thereafter, the group enjoyed a roller-skating exhibition – a favorite past-time of Morgan’s. Guests were then entertained throughout the evening in the infield area during driver introductions, The Star-Spangle Banner, Pre-Race Prayer and the race event on pit row.
Shepherd finished 25th that night, continuing his amazing run of consecutive 28th or better finishes in the last six races!
We’ve blogged about The Salvation Army’s connection with Morgan Shepherd’s Victory in Jesus Racing Ministry in the past. Thanks to a partnership formed by Pack and Ferreira, Shepherd has been sporting the “Doing the Most Good” Salvation Army logo on his #89 car since early 2011.
Amid all of this action, Shepherd turned 70 years-old on Wednesday October 12th. Simple Amazing! We are so thankful for his support of The Salvation Army.
Happy Birthday Morgan Shepherd!
Monday, October 17, 2011
What an inspiring gal!
Katie Wilkinson, a high school junior in Tempe, AZ started a “Red Kettle Club” at her school, a student group that will support the community year-round by means of The Salvation Army.
Through social media outlets, a PowerPoint presentation, and persuasion, Katie attracted more than two dozen students to the first meeting to tell fellow students about her idea. Club members will coordinate fundraising events in Tempe to support Salvation Army Programs that Help – an initiative that encourages donors to help community members in need.
She’s already planned the first event- an all-day bell ringing affair outside of Kroger’s on December 3 to benefit the homeless.
Inspired by her parents’ volunteer efforts her entire life, Katie is “Doing the Most Good” in their footsteps. We’re amazed at her love and dedication!
Check out the original article here.
Want to “Do the Most Good” in your community? Visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org and type in your zip code in the upper right corner to contact your local Salvation Army.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Have you heard of WARDrobe Army Apparel? Thanks to The Salvation Army Western Territory’s latest post from their Expect Change Blog, we learned about some awesome new threads on the market! WARDrobe has a collection of eye-catching T-shirts that are
Thursday, October 13, 2011
You may have seen the Today Show Tag Sale Auction that we promoted over the weekend. Thanks to risky bidders, generous supporters, and big-spenders, The Salvation Army raised almost $10,000 which will help fund The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC).
Most people don’t think of rehab when they think of Salvation Army. In fact, it’s safe to say that most people only associate red kettles and thrift stores to The Salvation Army. When I talk with folks about the plethora of Salvation Army programs available, listeners are always pleasantly surprised.
They’re amazed to hear that The Salvation Army has been helping those afflicted with drug and alcohol addictions for over 100 years. In fact, The Salvation Army thrift stores exist solely to fund The ARC’s! With 119 locations across the country, the centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance, without discrimination, to adults who have lost their ability to cope with life and provide for themselves.
What makes The Salvation Army ARC’s stand out from other rehabilitation centers is that ARC program participants are cured in the only lasting way – through spiritual awakening. They discover a personal relationship with God, a deeper meaning to their existence, and a foundation of values. They leave treatment with a deeper understanding of their fallible nature but also surety and trust in God’s promise of salvation. Participants graduate with an understanding that God is the only true source for lasting change and happiness.
The inspiration behind this blog post came from an ARC success story that was posted on www.SouthernSpiritOnline.org.
Addicted to drugs, Justin was given one more chance to turn his life around through treatment. By means of his probation officer, Justin was admitted to The Salvation Army ARC of Jacksonville, Florida. While undergoing treatment and counseling with over 100 other men, he was inspired to be like them – grateful, happy, and full of joy and love for God. Through the positive six-month experience, Justin found his faith. Although his life has been at times tumultuous, he feels that God led him to his current career – Christian Counseling – through all of his life experiences, particularly that of his placement at the ARC. Read Justin’s inspiring full story here.
Your donations and purchases at Salvation Army thrift stores could potentially safe someone’s life. For ways that you can support The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, please visit www.satruck.org.
Click here to read more success stories from graduates of The Salvation Army ARC’s.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The following was contributed by Guest Blogger Brooke Newsom, Unit Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Kerrville Kroc Center.
Last week as the kids were loading off the bus to attend The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, I noticed a kindergartner running down the hall.
“Use your walking feet please.” I said as I glanced down at his shoes. I noticed there were no socks on his feet, so I asked him why he wasn’t wearing any.
He shrugged and said, “I don’t have any socks.” I prodded a little more, “You don’t have ANY socks at all?” He shrugged again, “I only get socks when I stay the night at my grandma’s house.”
In the back of my mind I remembered that we had a few packs of boy’s socks, of all things, that were donated to us during the summer time, just sitting in my office.
I asked him, “Would you like me to give you some socks?”
I did not know that a child could get so excited about something as simple and basic as socks. After helping him put a pair on and re tie his shoes, he looked up hopeful and asked, “Do I get to keep the whole package?”
“Yes.” I replied and sent him back to his classroom, hugging his new socks to his chest.
As an after school program director, it is easy to forget the “big picture” when working with the youth we serve. This child reminded me of the truly important things, such as filling a basic need that a child has. The Salvation Army has been meeting needs for a very long time, and I am grateful we haven’t forgotten the small things. We haven’t forgotten the socks.
To learn more about the ways that you can donate to The Salvation Army – whether monetarily or through goods such as clothing, furniture and household items – please visit our website at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.
In keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers provide facilities, programs and services that encourage positive life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors. Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army Kroc Centers.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Salvation Army raised $9,551.26 in the “Today” Show Tag Sale Auction this past weekend thanks to support from eager bidders, NBC’s “Today” Show and E-bay!
The highest bid was $3,000 for Ann Curry’s items: two pairs of heels, a pink mariachi hat and the torch she carried at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. The other highest bids were $1,525 for Lester Holt’s electric guitar and $1,277.77 for Matt Lauer’s ties, boomerang and artwork.
100% of the proceeds from this auction will go directly to fund The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC). Each ARC provides physical, spiritual, social and emotional assistance to adults coping with addictions. Each center offers housing, work, and counseling. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal working life. Your donation to The Salvation Army ARC can save someone’s life.
Read true stories of recovery.
Thank you for bidding and for your support of The Salvation Army!
Friday, October 7, 2011
The Salvation Army is among many cutting edge non-profits embracing mobile marketing and emerging technologies to spread information and forge new relationships with the younger demographic. Mobile marketing has proven to be an effective means for dispersing information…
The Salvation Army’s Daily Cup Social Justice mobile application – introduced back in December – is a finalist for The Effective Mobile Marketing Awards in the “Most Effective Mobile Charity Campaign/Solution” category!
The program, created by DIDMO and used by thousands, is a free source for all important information about social justice issues such as hunger, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and natural disasters. Yes, there’s even an app for all of those things! The application allows us to spread good news of our work for social justice and enables members to donate to worthy causes directly from their phones.
Did you know The Salvation Army’s Western Territory was recently named a tech leader by Industry Magazine for the seventh year in a row? Their newest project called PeopleCount which launches later this year uses social media to allow insight into the weekly happenings around the territory and encourages feedback among users. Read more here!
We reflect on the loss of the innovative Steve Jobs this week with hearts of appreciation. Without his creative genius producing devices and programs facilitating the information flow, our message would have been missed by thousands.
Click here to download the Daily Cup Social Justice app!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Did you know that coffee is the second-most traded commodity on earth? Most of our favorite pick-me-up is produced in impoverished countries of the “bean belt” – the area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Back in May, The Salvation Army’s Western Territory shared with us their amazing efforts to support poor coffee producers in Vietnam through their Brewing Hope Initiative.
Supporting this program and going a few steps farther, The Salvation Army of Southeast Portland has really raised the bar – the barista bar that is! Just like your local coffee haunt, they’ve recently built the very first Salvation Army in-store café at their location, serving Salvation Army’s own Brewing Hope coffee! So, after long hours of shopping for all the goods one can expect to find at a Salvation Army thrift store, shoppers can also take a load off, have a latte and take advantage of the free café wifi. What an innovative way to make shopping that much more enjoyable for customers!
Also, money raised at the café will support social programs in Vietnam. Could it get any better?
Check out the pictures from our friends in the Western Territory at their Expect Change Blog Here!
There’s more to the Brewing Hope Coffee than the taste. Want to learn more or order your own? Visit www.dbsthriftconnection.com/brewing-hope.php.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The competition is heated as folks bid on donated items from “Today” Show anchors and staff. Starting at $0 this morning at 8:00 a.m., bids have exceeded expectations!
Here are the current bids for the auction items:
Matt Lauer: $425
Ann Curry: $2,225
Al Roker: $511
Natalie Morales: 90.99
Savannah Guthrie: $142.50
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb: $290
Kathie Lee Gifford: $200
Hoda Kotb: $102.50
Lester Holt: $430
Amy Robach: $157.50
Jenna Wolfe: $228.50
There’s still time for you to take part in the auction. Click on a name above or visit www.Ebay.com/SalvationArmyUSA to place your bid on a celebrity package – each containing very unique items! All proceeds will be donated directly to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers – we think that’s a pretty good trade!