Raising Up Hope, Every Night of the Week

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Salvation Army
PO Box 21787
St. Louis, MO 63109
Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado”

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Three Cheers for National Doughnut Day!

Friday, June 3, 2011

During World War I, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to our American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France starting in 1917.

As the young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to fry up in helmets delicious doughnuts for the boys.

These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time. They also provided writing supplies, stamps, and clothes-mending for the men.

The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”

Doughnut Lassies fed hungry American soldiers serving on the front lines during WWI.

The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. They started the Day as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.

And today, 73 years later, we continue that tradition to help raise awareness for the critical services we provide to 30 million Americans in need each year! If you’d like to help support The Salvation Army on National Doughnut Day, please text the word “DONUT” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

Below are just a few ways we’re celebrating across the country. For a full list and more info, click here.

* Augusta, ME: The Salvation Army will offer free doughnuts and coffee between 7a.m. and 10a.m. at the Tim Hortons on Western Avenue.
* Chicago, IL: Community members can help The Salvation Army “Erase Hunger” on June 3rd and 4th. Fundraisers will be on the streets handing out commemorative Doughnut Day tags to donors to help support feeding programs for children, seniors, the homeless and families in need.
* Hampton, VA: The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme are partnering to provide doughnuts to Salvation Army clients, including members of senior programs.
* Los Angeles, CA: BakeMark will make a $10,000 donation to support The Salvation Army’s Haven Shelter in West Los Angeles. The Salvation Army will also provide free doughnuts and coffee to veterans at the Haven served by volunteers in “Lassie” uniforms.
* Phoenix, AZ: Community members who donate gently used items to a Salvation Army Family Store on June 3rd will receive a free Dunkin’s Donut and a coupon for a free dozen Dunkin’ Donuts.

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For You, A Salvation Army-Style Doughnut Recipe

Thursday, June 2, 2011

With the 73rd National Doughnut Day only 1 day away (is your mouth watering yet?), we thought we’d share a special treat with you a little bit early.

If you’re lucky, on Friday you may come across your local Salvation Army unit passing out doughnuts from our partners like Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, or local stores. We have a lot of love for all these great doughnut brands, BUT for those of you who are real go-getters, we’re going to help you celebrate do-it-yourself style.

Below, we’re sharing The Salvation Army’s original doughnut recipe, just like our “doughnut lassies” used to make on the front lines for American soldiers during WWI and WWII. They say it’s because of these women that doughnuts became such a popular treat in the US!

Give it a try, and let us know if you think your doughnuts are good enough to have their own annual celebration.

[Stella Young]
Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Stella Young

SALVATION ARMY LASSIES’ DOUGHNUT RECIPE

Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts

5 C flour
2 C sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 C milk
1 T lard

DIRECTIONS

* Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.

* Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)

* Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.

* When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off.

* Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

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Only 3 Days ‘Til National Doughnut Day!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ever since 1938, The Salvation Army has been celebrating our doughnut-making heritage on the first Friday of June.

The celebration began in Chicago as a way to pay homage to the young women who fed and fueled soldiers during WWI and WWII with hand-made doughnuts.

After more than 70 years, we continue that tradition this Friday, June 3 with tasty events taking place from the east coast to the west! We hope you’ll join with your local Salvation Army in honoring Doughnut Day.

Take a moment to read this post on the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog to learn the rich history behind this tradition, and we guarantee it will make your Doughnut Day even sweeter.

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It’s on the Internet? It Must be True!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Warning: don’t believe everything you read online.

Whenever there’s a major natural disaster somewhere in the world, the internet rumor mill begins churning. Then all sorts of false messages circulate throughout the web, even ones that make The Salvation Army look good!

In the Expect Change blog’s article “Don’t believe every internet rumor you read!,” The Salvation Army Western Territory sets the record straight on the tales of the misinformation superhighway.

We’re proud of The Salvation Army’s strong record of good stewardship with your donations, so we don’t see any reason to stretch the truth.

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Salvation Army Disaster Response Powers Up with Rayovac and Six Flags

Thursday, May 26, 2011

We all know the importance of food, water, clean-up and medical supplies when responding to an emergency situation like the current efforts in Joplin, MO. But what’s the unsung hero of Salvation Army disaster relief? What everyday household item makes all of the other efforts possible? One word: Batteries.

Salvation Army personnel provide food and drinks in Joplin, MO.

That’s right. Batteries enable The Salvation Army and other relief organizations to power essential tools like flashlights, phones, radios and more when responding to a disaster.

That’s why The Salvation Army has teamed up with Rayovac and Six Flags theme parks for a unique “battery drive.” From now until May 30, people can donate a new and unopened pack of Rayovac batteries at the ticket booth of any participating Six Flags park and in return receive a day’s entry at kids’ price. No coupon or receipt is necessary.

“Rayovac is committed to recognizing and supporting efforts that help others. We hope that this donation eases at least some of the deep suffering of all those affected,” said David Carlson, Director of Marketing Communications for Rayovac. “The enthusiasm of The Salvation Army and Six Flags has been overwhelming. This is truly a community-wide effort – we hope each and every donation makes a real difference.”

Ticketing agents at Six Flags will collect the battery packs and, at end of the drive, the batteries will be donated to local Salvation Army locations for use in disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Participating Six Flags parks include:

* Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, CA
* Six Flags Over Georgia – Austell, GA
* Six Flags Great America – Gurnee, IL
* Six Flags St. Louis – Eureka, MO
* Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, NJ
* Six Flags Great America – Queensbury, NY
* Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, TX
* Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX

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Bold, Vintage Salvation Army Ads

Friday, May 20, 2011

These are amazing.
These 1960’s vintage fundraising ads from The Salvation Army UK are gritty, real, and challenging. The stark ads and posters and the massive campaign behind them were a progressive, bold step for the Army.
As Kathy Lovin explains in the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog, The Salvation Army pushed the envelope to try to reveal the alarming truth of conditions faced by the country’s most vulnerable citizens and raise $1 million British pounds (or $22 million dollars in the US today) for their aid.
Click here to see more ads and read about the Army’s groundbreaking work on Kathy’s blog.

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Actually, the Word “Like” Isn’t Quite Strong Enough…

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Like doughnuts? Then “Like” these doughnuts! To help us celebrate National Doughnut Day, Entenmann’s will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to The Salvation Army for every person who LIKES their Facebook page now through June 3. Head over to their page at www.facebook.com/Entenmanns and be sure to invite your friends too!

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Breaking Down the Racial Divide

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In Charlotte, North Carolina, The Salvation Army set out to serve a large, underserved Hispanic community that had been the target of much tension and violence.

A single, two-bedroom unit in the community’s apartment complex looked like any other unit from the outside, but inside it became known as a safe place that offered afterschool tutoring, games, counseling, and much more for struggling Latino families.

The Salvation Army’s Hispanic Ministry has only been running for about a year, but there’s already a noticeable sense of stability and safety that’s resulted. However, there’s one effect of the outreach that neither the neighborhood nor The Salvation Army expected – a significant decline in racial tension.

The once troubled relationship between the African-American and Hispanic apartment residents has been transformed. Where suspicion and division once dominated, there’s now friendship and a sense of community.

It’s felt by the neighbors, their little children and their teenagers, and yes, even the complex’s landlord. They explain why in this inspiring story from the Charlotte Observer: Outreach Brings Latino and Black Youths Together

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Boys & Girls Club Teen Honored with Trip to Disney World

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thousands of people have seen Ramone Malone in a Salvation Army national commercial shown last Christmas. It features the faces of people helped by The Salvation Army and ends with Ramone saying “thank you.”

Imagine receiving a complimentary weekend at Disney World for you and your family for just being yourself. For high school senior Ramone Malone it was a reality. Ramone, his mother Christi, and his eight year-old brother Ja’Shaun, enjoyed a weekend trip to Disney World recently as a gift from The Salvation Army, but the journey really started when Christi enrolled him at age five at The Salvation Army North Mabee Boys & Girls Club in Tulsa, Okla. To kick off the weekend, the story of Ramone’s life was told in video and narrative in front of more than 2,000 people who attended The Salvation Army National Advisory Organizations Conference (NAOC) at Disney World.

Ramone Malone, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Member, spoke to more than 2,000 people at the Army’s NAOC Conference.

Ramone’s story included overcoming challenges shared by many inner-city youth who join Boys & Girls Clubs; growing up with a single mom and living in a poor neighborhood where violence is not uncommon. Ramone, wearing a North Mabee club T-shirt, walked on the stage with Salvation Army Tulsa Area Commander Major Roy Williams. Two room-sized video screens flashed with photos of Ramone from when he was a baby to when he played on his high school football team. After his life story was told, he thanked The Salvation Army and the North Mabee Boys & Girls Club for helping him. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Ramone has been accepted to North Eastern Oklahoma State University in the fall and is looking forward to studying business and perhaps playing basketball. After the presentation at the conference, Ramone, Christi and Ja’Shaun, received a “Park Hopper” pass that took them everywhere they wanted to go in Disney World for two days. Ramone, with characteristic optimism, said he wanted to ride all the rides, but it’s likely that the ride of his life was when 2,000 people stood up and applauded him on Saturday morning – for just being himself.

Sallie Godwin is PR Director at the Tulsa Area Command. Sallie began her career as a newspaper reporter and enjoys writing and shooting photographs for six Boys & Girls Clubs and the Center of Hope homeless shelter in Tulsa. She also writes posts for salarmytulsa.blogspot.com.

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