Did You Know, Pt. 3: On the Wagon

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ever wonder where the phrase “on the wagon” came from? We have the answer for you in today’s National Salvation Army Week video.

Fun-filled activities are still going strong all over the country as we say ‘thanks’ to our local communities and supporters. Contact your local Salvation Army if you’d like to get involved or learn more about our missions to serve people in need in Christ’s name – we’d love to have you!

Here’s how a handful of our local corps are celebrating National Salvation Army Week today:

* Auburn, CA: On Wednesday, May 11 the Auburn Corps will host a Celebration Breakfast at the Ridge Golf Course to honor volunteers and supporters.

* Houston, TX: On Wednesday, May 11, the third Annual Citywide Art Contest Reception for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will recognize young artists and their work. Winners at the event will have their artwork displayed at One Allen Center in downtown Houston.

* Las Vegas, NV: The annual Salvation Army Clark County Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas will honor donors, volunteers and other supporters of the Army from the past year on Wednesday, May 11 at the Texas Station-Dallas Ballroom. In addition, the Army will award the “Partner in Mission” award to the individual whose contributions to the Army had great impact in the local community.

* Texarkana, TX: On Wednesday, May 11, the Army will host a block party across the street from the Texarkana Corps, with food, games, music, tours of the center and a devotional.

To learn more about The Salvation Army, visit our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also find us on Facebook @SalvationArmyUSA and on Twitter@salvationarmyus.

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Tonight: Grab Your Remote and Tune In

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

We don’t usually make requests like this on our blog, but today we have a great reason…

Be sure to watch the new NBC hit show “The Voice” Tuesday, May 10 (tonight!) at 10pm ET/ 9pm CT.

We’ll be rooting for Minneapolis musician Tim Mahoney as he performs tonight. Not only is he talented, he’s also been a Salvation Army bell ringer for Twin Cities Salvation Army since 2007 and regularly raises money for the organization through live performances.

What’s not to love? Grab your remote and help us show some love to our talented ringer and singer Tim!

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Did You Know, Pt. 2: Ground Zero

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Did you know more than 40,000 Salvation Army personnel and volunteers served the needs of responders for nine months at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terror attacks? The Salvation Army’s service after the attacks on the Twin Towers was their largest mobilization ever on US soil.

This is just another interesting fact we’re sharing in honor of National Salvation Army Week taking place May 9 -15. To learn more about this annual tradition, click here.

We’re celebrating all across the country by saying thanks to our volunteers, supporters, and clients! Here are just a few of several events going on:

• Guayama, Puerto Rico: The Guayama Corps will host a variety of events including “The Lassies and the Doughnut” on Tuesday, May 10 – a night honoring Salvation Army lassies who provided doughnuts to American soldiers during WWI – and a free concert featuring Christian singer Miriam Cortés on Saturday, May 14.

• Syracuse, NY: The Salvation Army of Syracuse will partner with P&C Food & Pharmacy to deliver free doughnuts throughout the week as a special thanks and symbol of friendship to community members for their continued support.

• Yuba City, CA: The Salvation Army will host a “Progressive Dinner” on Tuesday, May 10. Attendees will begin at the Corps’ Social Services office for appetizers and then “progress” to the Depot Family Crisis Center for dinner.. From there, attendees will progress to the Transitional Housing program to tour the program and have dessert.
• Galveston County, TX: The Salvation Army will thank community partner banks all week by serving coffee and doughnuts in the morning and ice cream in the afternoon from a canteen at each location. Partner banks include Texas First Bank, HomeTown Bank, Frost Bank and Moody National Bank.

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Happy National Salvation Army Week!

Monday, May 9, 2011

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Today’s no ordinary Monday – it’s the first day of our 58th annual National Salvation Army Week! Every year we use this week to say ‘thank you’ to our volunteers, donors, and beneficiaries who have enabled us to serve in the United States for more than 130 years!

Typically observed in the second week of May, National Salvation Army Week was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. In the proclamation, Eisenhower noted: “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

Everyday this week we’ll post on our national website a Salvation Army “Did You Know video,” and on our blog we’ll list Salvation Army Week events going on around the country. We hope you’ll celebrate this long standing tradition with us and learn something new in the process. Check our blog, website, and social media sites each day for new fun facts!

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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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