Racing with Faith in Richmond

Thursday, May 5, 2011

[Getting ready to head to NASCAR.]
From L to R: Andy, Jeff, Robert, and Major Wayne give big smiles outside The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club before they head to NASCAR.

Two more Salvation Army youth enjoyed an unforgettable opportunity thanks to the generosity of NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team!

Morgan invited the two Boys and Girls Club members, 11 year-old Andy and 14 year-old Robert of Richmond, VA, to the NASCAR Nationwide Series BUBBA Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Accompanied by The Salvation Army’s Major Wayne McHargue and Jeff Baldwin, they received Pit Passes to experience NASCAR the way few people have the chance.

[NASCAR Track]
Thanks to their Pit Passes, the guys watched the race from inside the track. What a view!

[Morgan Shepherd's #89 Race Car]
There it is – Morgan Shepherd’s #89 Victory in Jesus Race Car…

The guys had access to behind-the-scenes action, watching as crews prepped the cars and officials conducted pre-race inspections. They saw NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, and they even met Morgan Shepherd and hung out in his trailer. Afterward, the group watched qualifying runs and the race in the pit area inside the track!

[Morgan Shepherd poses with Andy and Robert.]
…and here’s the driver himself, Morgan Shepherd, with Andy and Robert!

[Watching the race]
Robert (shown) and Andy were amazed at how LOUD the cars were and how fast they sped around the track. A NASCAR official gave them ear plugs to help drown out the roar of the race.

Andy, Robert and The Salvation Army are extremely grateful for this opportunity that we know these young men will not forget!

We also want to say thank you to Morgan Shepherd and the Race with Faith team for generously donating the hood of their Nationwide Series race car to The Salvation Army. To learn more about Shepherd’s Racing ministry and partnership with The Salvation Army, please visit www.racewithfaith.com.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s work in the Richmond area, visit The Salvation Army’s Central Virginia Area Command on their website here, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichmondSalvationArmy or on Twitter at twitter.com/SalArmyRichmond.

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Happy Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Have you started your spring cleaning yet?

If you go by Martha Stewart’s checklist, the chore may be daunting for even us die-hard dusters. But she has at least one item on there that anyone can feel good about crossing off: donate items you no longer use.

This is where The Salvation Army wants to help you get spick and span for spring. Not only will you clear out clutter in your home, your donations to our Family Thrift Stores will help support our Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) and provide a low-cost retail option for the local community.

To make it easier, we have many convenient drop off locations, and in some areas of the country we even schedule donation pick-ups at your house!

Also, don’t limit yourself to just donating clothes. Did you know The Salvation Army accepts items such as microwaves, rugs, bakeware, bicycles, and even cars? Click here to see a list of commonly donated appliances, furniture, household goods, and more.

For information about donating and finding a Salvation Army near you, visit www.satruck.org.

Happy cleaning!

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Our Volunteers are Awesome

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’re letting our volunteers know just how awesome they are. Across the country Salvation Army centers are sharing the love in all sorts of ways, including Volunteer Appreciation parties, award events, personal messages, and fun outings.

Here are just a few ways The Salvation Army is saying, “Thank You!” to our partners in service:

In Nashville, TN The Salvation Army is making personal phone calls to all of their volunteers and thank them “from the bottom of their hearts” for their gift of time.

Volunteers from Louisville, KY will be treated to a baseball game and great ballpark food at Slugger Field.

In Georgia, The Salvation Army is attending a recognition event for the airmen of Robins Air Base to honor their many hours of community service. The airmen give many hours during the Christmas season helping The Salvation Army sort toys, pack and distribute food boxes, distribute gifts, and organize the warehouse.

The Salvation Army Atlanta is recognizing their outstanding corporate volunteer partner UPS on their blog. According to their site, “since 1998, UPS employees have volunteered for The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command through hands-on, community based services that have made an everlasting difference.” Read the article here.

More than 100 Salvation Army volunteers in Tulsa have been selected for the prestigious Presidential Award. To express gratitude for their work, the directors of our Boys & Girls clubs and the Center of Hope Homeless shelter are hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in May and hand delivering their invitations this week.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for the countless ways you are making a difference in lives everyday!

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Inspired by a Volunteer’s Joyful Service

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Salvation Army in St. Petersburg, FL will be hosting their annual Volunteer Recognition event today. Among those they are honoring, volunteer Mark Tillery stands out.

Mark began his volunteer service at The Salvation Army’s center, called “The Café,” in January 2010 and comes in four mornings every week. Each morning he makes coffee, serves drinks and snacks, and cleans. He gets to know The Salvation Army’s patrons, providing opportunities to listen to, encourage and support them. Most importantly, he treats everyone with courtesy, dignity, and respect and works as a strong team member.
Mark’s inspiring attitude has left a lasting impression on those around him. Lt. Teddy Beshah, the Salvation Army officer who nominated Mark for the volunteer award, said,

“You know Mr. Mark more than anyone in the Café. I have found him to be a man of God and a wonderful person. Seeing him on his knees cleaning the restrooms and the joy he has while helping the poor has taught me in a deeper way. Most of all, he is doing all this with only one motive: to see the people be happy. I have no words to explain how great the work is he does for our guests at the Cafe. I pray and hope I will be as he is in my officership!”

We are very fortunate to have Mark serving with The Salvation Army! We hope today’s Volunteer Recognition event will show him just how much he means to us and those he serves.

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National Volunteer Week

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It’s National Volunteer Week, a time for us to recommit ourselves to serving others and celebrate those who generously give back!
Last year, 3,411,613 volunteers assisted The Salvation Army by working in our food programs, serving as Red Kettle bell ringers, assisting at-risk youth, rebuilding disaster sites, and more. Our volunteers are critical partners in helping us fulfill our promise to America of “Doing the Most Good.”
As President Obama stated in his presidential proclamation, “…These everyday heroes make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions of women and men across the globe.”
We completely agree!
This week we will share on our blog how volunteers are getting involved with The Salvation Army across the US, as well as what we’re doing to express our sincere appreciation for their support, so check back for updates.
If you would like to get involved with a Salvation Army near you, search for opportunities via www.volunteermatch.org. Many of our local units post opportunities on this website, and we’d love to have you join us.

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Shed Your Shoes & Style Your Soles with TOMS

Thursday, April 7, 2011

On Tuesday, more than 125 children from The Salvation Army Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex Command participated in the “Style Your Sole” party, hosted by TOMS Shoes and the Dallas Cowboys, inside Cowboys Stadium.

For the event, each child received a natural canvas pair of TOMS shoes to decorate any way they chose using paints, markers, glitter and other accessories. Once completed, each child was able to keep the shoes to wear and enjoy.

In addition to the shoes donated to the participating children in last night’s party, another pair was donated to a child in need, as part of TOMS’ one-for-one movement.

The evening’s festivities culminated in the children joining hundreds outside Cowboys Stadium to participate in the “Walk Without Shoes.” The children and the participants walked barefoot around the stadium to raise awareness of the millions of children who grow up without shoes, at risk of infection and disease.

Both events were part of TOMS 4th Annual One Day Without Shoes awareness campaign.

Thank you to TOMS Shoes, the Dallas Cowboys, and all the participants for making a difference for children in need in our country and across the world!

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Walmart Takes Leading Role in Fight Against Hunger

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Walmart Takes Leading Role in Fight Against Hunger
Walmart has been a great partner to The Salvation Army in addressing the needs of our local communities, especially in the fight against hunger. Earlier this year they donated $1 million for hunger relief to our organization. These funds were a significant help to our food service programs, which have seen a major growth in demand while many of their shelves were running bare.
We applaud Walmart’s increased effort to support hunger relief, as they just announced they donated $799 million to the cause during their most recent fiscal year. Of this total, $732 million in cash and in-kind gifts went to programs within the United States.
According to their press release, Walmart has donated 256 million pounds of food to local food banks in the last year – the equivalent to 197 million meals! They have also given $62 million in grants to U.S. hunger nonprofits.
We hope you will help us express our sincere gratitude to Walmart for being a leader in the fight against hunger. The Salvation Army and organizations like ours are able to more effectively serve those in need thanks to the assistance of caring community partners like Walmart.
To read Walmart’s press release, visit http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/ or click the direct link here. http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10572.aspx

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The Tax Man Cometh (3 Days Late!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This year the federal income tax filing deadline has been delayed by 3 days. Due to the Washington, DC holiday Emancipation Day being observed on April 15, filers have until Monday, April 18 to get their paperwork in order and submitted to the IRS.

For those of you still working on your taxes, we want to help. If you plan to write off Salvation Army in-kind donations, we have a helpful Donation Value Guide that offers the low and high estimated worth of a long list of appliances, clothing, furniture, household goods, and miscellaneous items.

(Bad joke warning!) Feel free to refer to this guide to make your taxes just a little less…taxing.

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More Outfits from Christine, Plus Thrifting Words of Wisdom

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sneaked a peek into Christine Burton’s closet.

For those of you who missed our first two posts of the series, Christine works for The Salvation Army’s Western Territory, and she’s also a thrifty fashionista. Much of her runway-ready wardrobe comes from our Salvation Army Thrift Stores at an extremely affordable price.

Christine is sharing her shopping tips and photos with us through The Western Territory’s Expect Change blog. Her latest outfits come with two valuable lessons:

1. If you like it, grab it before it’s gone.

2. Spend a moment taking one last look before you go.

See the outfits that inspired these words of wisdom, including:

A funky kimono-style jacket that creates Christine’s look #3 here.

A saucy lace skirt that pulls together look # 4 here.

P.S. Each item showcased in these outfits cost less than $5!

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Salvation Army Car Will Put Petal to the Metal in Saturday’s Fontana, CA Race

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Morgan Shepherd and his #89 Salvation Army car will be burning rubber this weekend at the Nationwide Series event in Fontana, CA on Saturday, March 26.

Saturday will be a once in a life time opportunity for two lucky kids from our local Salvation Army program, as Shepherd has generously donated pit passes for them to get the full NASCAR experience. Just like Daytona, it’s going to be awesome!

We’ll post pictures and updates from Fontana when we receive them next week.

When Shepherd was racing in Bristol last weekend, Salvationists Major Peggy Mullins and Brenda Kent met up with him and his team for dinner. Shepherd said, “It was certainly a pleasure having The Salvation Army folks here at Bristol for a prayer, a meal, and good Christian conversation.”

To learn more about NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd and his racing ministry, visit www.racewithfaith.com.

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