Amazing Support Made “The MOST Amazing Race” a Hit – Again!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Last weekend, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota were transformed into one giant race course for several dozen brave adventurers.

The Salvation Army Northern Division hosted their sixth annual “MOST Amazing Race,” patterned after the CBS hit show “The Amazing Race.” 24 teams of two hussled from checkpoint to checkpoint where they faced mental and physical challenges that ranged from fun to silly to difficult to tasty! See the photo captions for more details – there’s one challenge in particular that would make even the bravest of the brave think twice…

Congrats to Grant Dietrich and Jesse Struve of the team “Two Guys,” first-time winners of The MOST Amazing Race and the $5,000 grand prize provided by the race’s corporate sponsors! They crossed the finish line with an impressive time of 4 hours, 8 minutes, followed closely by teams “Let’s Winning” and “Super Karate Monkey Death Car.”

While the race is a ton of fun, it also supports an important cause as teams fundraise in order to compete. The earnings benefits The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club, which helps alleviate hunger and homelessness in the Twin Cities. Over $214,000 has been raised since the event started in 2006. This year competitors and donors helped raise more than $22,000!

We also want to shout the praises of our teams who did an amazing job with fundraising: congratulations to our top fundraising team “Adventure Guy and Gal,” along with “House of Luu’s” and “Two Guys.”

Find more info about the race, plus awesome photos, at www.thesalarmy.org/race. We already can’t wait for next year!

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Ruben’s Run Video Interview

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Former NFL Guard Ruben Brown has made it to 6 stops so far on his 7,000 mile bike ride across the country as he raises awareness of The Salvation Army.

We’ve posted updates along the way, but we love this video from FOX 4 in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Ruben tells in his own words how his trip is going and shares some background about why he chose to support The Salvation Army as his charity of choice. We definitely recommend watching the interview!

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Target Helps Salvation Army Youth Get Ready for Back-to-School

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It may be the middle of summer, but more than 12,000 students today are actually excited to start school again in the fall!

That’s because Target stores across the country treated them to an amazing Back-to-School-Spree with the help of The Salvation Army this morning. The kids were each given an $80 Target Gift Card to choose their favorite school supplies, clothes, and other necessities for the upcoming academic year.

For some children, this is the first time they’ve ever had brand new school materials. For many, they have a new confidence knowing they don’t have to worry about being picked on or falling behind due to a lack of supplies. For all, the shopping event was a lot of fun!

We want to wish a huge THANKS to our partner Target for their $1 million donation that is supporting the education and development of thousands of Salvation Army youth program participants. Also, to our many volunteer chaperones who helped today, you rock!

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Ruben Rolls Into Dallas-Ft. Worth

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ruben Brown has made it all the way down to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas!

When he arrived at The Salvation Army in Arlington, he had a group of excited young fans waiting for him. Ruben also rolled west to the Mabee Center where he served lunch. At both Salvation Army programs, he didn’t waste any time getting involved and hanging out with his new friends.

Check out our photos to see all the fun!

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Kids in the summer day camp program at The Salvation Army in Arlington, Texas welcomed Ruben with big smiles and handmade signs.

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Christian, a summer day camper, drew a picture of a motorcycle for Ruben’s arrival. Ruben gladly autographed the drawing!

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The kids even played Ruben, a former NFL pro, in flag football!

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From right, Ruben Brown serves lunch at The Salvation Army’s Mabee Center homeless shelter in Fort Worth, along with Cedric James, a former NFL pro with the New England Patriots, and Marc Colombo a current player with the Dallas Cowboys.

Ruben’s next stop is across the state in El Paso, TX where he’ll visit The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and later ride with local motorcycle groups to the Texas/New Mexico border. Keep checking our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages for updates.

You can help Ruben in his mission to raise awareness of and 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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Christine’s Closet, Part 6: DIY Fashion

Monday, July 25, 2011

Who says shopping has to hurt your wallet?

Christine Burton, our resident savvy shopper, is back in a new installment of the Western Territory Expect Change blog’s “Christine’s Closet” series.

This time Christine adds a do-it-yourself twist. After finding a beautifully decorated skirt for only $3.99 (before her discount!) at a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, she’s inspired to create a custom top to match. With the help of her digital camera, a printer, and an iron-on transfer sheet, Christine’s sporting a style that’s truly all her own.

Click here to read the original post and see more photos at the Expect Change blog, along with previous posts in their Christine’s Closet series. They may provide you with some great ideas next time you visit our Family Thrift Stores!

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It’s Always Sunny Here Thanks to Walmart Volunteers

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Salvation Army Community Center in West Philadelphia is getting a much needed makeover, thanks to an all hands on deck volunteer effort by Walmart.

The project is part of the Walmart Foundation’s 5-year, $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in the U.S. with food donations, $250 million in grants at the national and local levels, and collaboration with government and non-profit organizations to reach more families in need.

300 Philadelphia-area Walmart volunteers are working this week to complete the renovation, which includes cleaning, painting, installation of new fixtures, artwork and shelving, and food and clothing donations. The volunteers are specifically focusing on updating the community center’s public spaces and food service/emergency response areas.

The Salvation Army is incredibly grateful for this support that will benefit individuals and families in need!

Visit The Salvation Army Philadelphia’s Facebook page (Salvation Army Philadelphia) and Twitter feed (@SalArmyPhilly) for project updates, and find more photos updated daily at Walmart Philadelphia’s page.

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1 Day + 1 Room = 1 Unbelievable Shelter Makeover

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits, Fayetteville Observer

Who among us has not watched a home decorating or makeover TV show, whether it be Trading Spaces, Design on a Dime, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, or something of the like?

It’s just plain fun to vicariously play the part of a designer and flex your creativity and problem-solving skills along with the cast. Perhaps the best part is when us viewers experience the joy of the lucky home owner when they see the big reveal.

Try to contain your excitement if you can because in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The Salvation Army is turning this television event into real life, and you can be a part of it.

They’re looking for amateur decorators, crafters and home improvement gurus to take part in The Salvation Army Shelter Design Challenge! Volunteer teams will have the opportunity to each redecorate 1 room of their Homeless Shelter.

If you have an eye for design, a heart that wants to help, and know how to stretch a budget, learn more about participating at www.salvationarmyfayetteville.org or visit their event page on Facebook. The public will be invited to walk through and vote for their favorite design on September 10.

And of course, the best part of it all will be saved for the 60+ homeless shelter residents who return that evening to a redesigned and redecorated space just for them!

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Racing with Faith in Kentucky

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Lt. Mark Ferreira (right) was integral in helping establish the partnership between The Salvation Army and Morgan Shepherd (2nd to right) and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team.

Morgan Shepherd and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team competed this past weekend in Kentucky, and this time Salvation Army Lieutenant Mark Ferreira from Portsmouth, Ohio had the opportunity to see them in action.

Lt. Ferraria was invited as a personal guest of Dave Pack, a member of Shepherd’s team, but Ferraria was more than just another spectator. He helped make “The Salvation Army” car happen!

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Great spot – that’s the way to watch a race!

The special partnership between Morgan Shepherd’s Victory in Jesus Racing ministry and The Salvation Army, which we’ve been blogging about for months now, originally started thanks to the hard work and inspired idea of Pack and Ferraria.

The two helped connect Shepherd and The Salvation Army, who have similar ministry goals, and the partnership grew from an event in North Carolina to several races around the country. And with our iconic red shield emblazoned on the hood of Shepherd’s race car, the Victory in Jesus team not only raised awareness of our service and programs throughout the country during difficult economic times, but several youths involved in our programs have had the experience of a lifetime as they’ve attended races as Shepherd’s VIP guests.

[Morgan Shepherd]

Thanks to Lt. Ferraria and Dave Pack for pursuing this great idea! And we are extremely grateful to Morgan Shepherd and his team for the support they continue to show The Salvation Army.

To learn more about Shepherd’s racing ministry and partnership with The Salvation Army, please visit www.racewithfaith.com. Is this your first time hearing about Morgan Shepherd generously donating the hood of his race car to The Salvation Army? Read our original post here.

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NFL Pro Ruben Brown Supports Salvation Army with 7,000 Mile Motorcycle Ride

Monday, July 11, 2011

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Former Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears All-Pro NFL guard Ruben Brown will kick off his cross country motorcycle run this Friday, July 15, to raise funds for and awareness of The Salvation Army.

As part of the 11th annual Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run, Ruben will travel from the East Coast to West Coast and back again while making pit stops at our community programs along the way.

Having grown up in Salvation Army programs, Brown understands that limited financial or material means does not have to limit someone’s opportunity to achieve something great. That’s why his Ruben Brown Foundation is committed to supporting youth development through athletics, cultural, and educational programs.

We’re excited that he’s using this creative opportunity to help support other kids who are benefitting from Salvation Army programs, just like he did!

You can support Ruben’s Motorcycle Run by donating online at www.RubensRun.com, or give a $10 gift via text message by texting 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.

Be sure to follow Ruben’s progress at www.facebook.com/rubenbrownfoundation and www.twitter.com/rubenbrownFDFN.

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Ruben Brown, center, is using his motorcycle to make some noise for Salvation Army programs across the country. Photo: The Salvation Army Buffalo

And keep your eyes and ears open – if you hear a rumbling down the street, it may just be Ruben rumbling his way through your neighborhood. Check the schedule below to see if he’ll be visiting a Salvation Army center near you:

* Buffalo, NY (July 15): Ruben’s Run kick off with Salvation Army staff, city officials and local business supporters.
* Lynchburg, VA (July 16): Ruben provides food to Salvation Army clients at the Lynchburg Corps Gymnasium.
* Nashville, TN (July 18): Ruben visits the Madison Corps and takes a motorcycle tour of Madison with the Corps Officer.
* Little Rock, AR (July 22): Ruben rides with the local motorcycle group to The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light to serve breakfast to clients.
* Tulsa, OK (July 23): Ruben visits the Center of Hope in Tulsa, OK and helps serve lunch.
* Dallas – Fort Worth, TX (July 25): Ruben visits kids at The Salvation Army’s Summer Youth Day Camp and later serves lunch at the Mabee Center.
* El Paso, TX (July 26): Ruben visits The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and later ride with local motorcycle groups to the Texas/New Mexico border.
* Los Angeles, CA (July 30): Ruben visits The Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center to play with the kids.
* Milwaukee, WI (August 11): Ruben has a Meet and Greet Autograph Session at the Harley Museum’s monthly Bike Night Meeting.

* 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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American Idol “Doing the Most Good” for Tornado Survivors

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wait a minute – was that American Idol Ruben Studdard at The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa, Alabama?
You bet it was!
The singer helped distributed food and supplies to about 200 local families of a community that continues to rebuild following April’s destructive tornadoes. The event was part of the Gospel Music Channel’s (GMC) Uplift Someone America Tour.
The Tuscaloosa News has all the information here.

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