Major George Hood Elected Commission Panel Member

Thursday, September 8, 2011

We’re happy to announce that Major George Hood, Community Relations and Development Secretary of The Salvation Army National Headquarters was appointed as a member of the Panel of Religious Sector Representatives for The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.

The Commission was formed in January, 2011 in an effort to focus on the financial practices of six high-profile media-based Christian ministries.

Major Hood will be one of 25 leaders from a variety of faiths essential for addressing issues before the commission having to do with accountability and policy issues affecting religious and other nonprofit organizations.

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Remembering 9/11: The Freedom Bible

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Among other events commemorating 9/11 this weekend, members of The Salvation Army will join the American Bible Society in New York City on Saturday to launch The Freedom Bible. This newest edition highlights 3,500 verses emphasizing the promises and the challenges of God’s gift of freedom. This version was designed specifically for those struggling with grief and loss.

It is our hope that those remembering our country’s greatest tragedy this weekend can take solace in Christ’s promise of freedom, “The Truth will set you free”.

The Freedom Bible also invokes a deeper calling to live joyfully because of our freedom through Christ.

You can order your copy of The Freedom Bible by Clicking Here.

Click Here to learn more about The Salvation Army events taking place in New York City this weekend.

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We Like Haband- Do You?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Attention Facebookers!

Haband Apparel & Footwear needs your affection to donate to The Salvation Army. For every 1000 new ‘Likes’ on Facebook, Habard has offered to donate $1,000 worth of clothing to The Salvation Army!

Click Here to ‘Like’ Habard on Facebook. From now until September 12, every new fan will count towards a donation.

Donating to a Salvation Army Thrift Store benefits our Adult Rehabilitation Centers nationwide. Each center provides the spiritual, social and emotional assistance for adults who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Click Here to hear personal testimonies from those whose lives have been forever changed thanks to your donation.

You can learn more about Haband by visiting their website at www.haband.com.

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Kroc Center Opens in Greenbay, Wisconsin

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Greenbay, Wisconsin warmly welcomed the community at the grand opening on Saturday, August 20 after seven years in development.

Area children and families are excited as the impressive 95,000-square-foot Center will provide a great source of entertainment and learning opportunities throughout the year. The Center includes a fitness center, performing arts auditorium, swimming pool, library, computer laboratory, dental clinic, dance studio, gymnasium and more!

The official dedication and ribbon-cutting of the $24 million facility took place on August 27. Following the dedication, the Center hosted the “Kroc and Roll Ball”, a 1950’s-themed opening gala honoring founders Ray and Joan Kroc. The theme recalled the decade that Ray Kroc founded McDonald’s.

Gala guests enjoyed dinner and music provided by an appropriately themed barbershop quartet.

“The impact of this facility will go far beyond a building,” Captain Ken Shiels, Brown County coordinator, stated. “It will be a place for kids, families and individuals to develop new interests and life-changing and life-affirming skills. The Kroc Center is an extension of our mission to serve people as our resources allow, raising people up and strengthening, encouraging and enriching their lives.”

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers are being constructed in various cities across the country in an effort to provide opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service.

There are currently 13 Centers across the country, with ten in the works. Each center is open to people of all ages and income levels.

You can learn more about the Greenbay Kroc Center by visiting their Facebook page or Website.

For more information on The Salvation Army Kroc Centers, please Click Here.

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Denim at a Discount for Donating!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Let’s be honest. We all have that one pair of jeans we’ve been holding onto that were either:

a) way too expensive

2) nostalgic or

3) reminiscent of smaller sizes past.

It’s time to upgrade! And now that The Salvation Army has partnered with Stein Mart stores, there’s even more incentive to make the break from that incorrigible pair.

Pass on that denim-love to someone in need!

Stein Mart stores’ annual Denim Trade-In Event begins next week! From September 6-11, you can recycle your old threads in exchange for new denim at a discount. Your old jeans will be donated to your local Salvation Army.

Stein Mart stores offer fashion merchandise, awesome service and presentation at competitive prices. Check out more info on their website or Facebook page!

Your donation supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers nationwide. Learn more by Clicking Here.

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San Diego Charger Marcus McNeill Visits Kroc Center

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Kroc Center of San Diego received a special visit from San Diego Chargers’ Marcus McNeill! The acclaimed Offensive Tackle stopped by the Kroc Center Day Camp to encourage “getting fit and having fun” as part of his mission to end childhood obesity.

Whether its food banks, blood drives, or scholarships, the San Diego Chargers football team has a long-standing reputation for helping the San Diego community.

Marcus was greeting by Majors Lee and Michele Lescano. Along with discussing the importance of exercise and nutrition, Marcus also guided the kids (300 of them!) through various physical challenges. You’ll get to see just how much fun the Kroc Center Day Camp really is by watching the video below!The Kroc Center Day Camp program provides children the opportunity to play and grow in a positive and safe environment. We strive to develop the whole child- mentally, physically, and emotionally through structured group activities that aid in socialization and self-confidence,

For more information on The Salvation Army Kroc Centers, please visit our website by clicking here.

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The Army and the Media

Friday, August 19, 2011

Did you know that the average person spends approximately seven hours a month on Facebook? The same study found that 82% of social media users and 85% of Twitter users participate in a group or organization. This year alone, 70% of the digital universe will be created by users, not professionals. Studies like this have made it quite clear that the church must engage in social media if it wants to have a lasting ministry.

Although we are inundated with information on a daily basis (overwhelmingly so), it is our duty as an organization to help people find the right information. Technology is truly a blessing, allowing The Salvation Army to carry immediate messages around the world during disaster efficiently, effectively and best of all- cheaply!

With that said, the fall 2011 issue of The Salvation Army’s Caring magazine is not to be missed! The latest publication examines online engagement as an integral part of The Salvation Army’s daily media strategy and ministry.

Also in this issue: an inspiring interview with Mark Horvath. Formerly homeless, Horvath now runs invisiblepeople.tv, a platform where he posts raw videos intended to raise awareness about poverty in America. He felt called to make the “invisible visible”, and he’s doing just that through social media.

To order a copy of the latest Caring magazine titled “The Army and the Media”, visit caringmagazine.storenvy.com You can also receive updates on Facebook (@Caring Magazine) and on Twitter (@CaringMagazine).

Caring is a quarterly magazine of The Salvation Army featuring themes of social significance and stories of human goodness, practical assistance and love.

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Ruben Rollin’ Milwaukee

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Former NFL guard Ruben Brown made one final pit stop in Milwaukee, WI, on August 11, attending the Harley-Davidson Museum’s Bike Night. Following a warm greeting from bike enthusiasts, families, and Salvation Army staff, Ruben signed autographs and toured the museum with fans. His stop in Milwaukee concludes his two month, 7,000 mile cross-country motorcycle ride which began back in June.

As a one-time recipient of The Salvation Army children’s programs, Ruben feels he benefited from his experience and he is committed to helping other children experience the same. Along with raising awareness of The Salvation Army, the 11th annual Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run raised funds to help continue these effective youth programs.

There’s still time to help Ruben raise funds for Salvation Army programs! Just use your mobile phone to text the word “RUN” to 80888*. Ninety percent of all funds donated will go to support the work of The Salvation Army; the remainder will subsidize transportation expenses associated with the Run. Plus, donations will stay in the local community in which it was raised.

* A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t

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Kroc Center Grand Opening Draws Crowd of 9,000

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta, GA swung open the doors on August 6 and embraced the public after seven years of planning and developing the 100,000-square-foot center.
Over 9,000 guests visited throughout the day and night, munching on hotdogs and celebrating the Center’s opening. First-arrivers were entertained with a performance by the Salvation Army Band in the impressive Franklynn Hall Arts and Worship Center. Augusta Green Jackets team members signed autographs for a long line of eagerly awaiting fans. Guests were even offered free massages!
The day ended with a rockin’ performance by local band Cowboy Mouth and an impressive fireworks show timed to traditional Salvation Army Brass Band music. By the first full day of operation, 1,004 memberships were sold representing 2,374 members!
“Our Grand Opening far exceeded my expectations. After planning for so long and after our team had put so much work and heart into this project since its beginning, it was an amazing feeling and a beautiful sight to behold. It was fun, it was filled with laughter, learning and depth and with over 9,000 guests coming onto the campus that day, my heart was blessed. I was reminded over and over again of this wonderful gift from Joan Kroc and the blessing the Lord has bestowed upon the Greater Augusta Area because of that gift”, said Captain Todd Mason, Kroc Center and Area Administrator.
The massive structure which sits on 17 acres in historic Harrisburg boasts a spectacular pool and waterslide, gymnasiums and fitness centers, recreational rooms for kids and adults, an amphitheater, and a banquet hall.
In keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center provides 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 nationwide.

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Harvesting a Future

Monday, August 8, 2011

Don’t be fooled the next time you’re driving through downtown Billings, MT- you’re still in the city! The Salvation Army of Billings has recently planted 70 organic apple trees on the lot next to their building in an effort to provide higher education to disadvantaged kids.
The agricultural program is called the “Billy Boots Fine Arts Academy”. After planting and waiting, the kids participating will either sell the fruit or make organic apple cider. The profits are then saved to help pay for college in the future. The goal is to have 1,000 trees planted by 2014.

“That’s really the goal of this, we believe education is a great way, and maybe the most important way, to get out of poverty and break the cycle”, said Major Kevin Jackson, Salvation Army Executive Director.

The Salvation Army offers many opportunities to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of low-income and disadvantaged children. You can learn more by clicking here.

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