So This Is What He’s Been Up to Since Those Butter Commercials

Monday, December 20, 2010

Was that Fabio – THE Fabio – pushing carts full of toys through the store checkout lane?

Yes, in fact, it was!

The flowing-haired star teamed up with The Salvation Army to provide gifts for hundreds of kids in San Francisco as a part of a Christmas shopping spree sponsored by Dig Deep SF.

The Salvation Army Western Territory has the scoop on their Expect Change blog here.

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Racing with Faith

Monday, December 20, 2010

[NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd]
NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Morgan Shepeherd is a NASCAR legend. At 69, he’s the oldest active driver in the sport, but he plays hard and endures the driving’s intense physical demands, doing it for the love of the race. He mostly does it, though, for his love of God.

Shepherd says his life was turned around in 1975 when God rescued him from a self-destructive lifestyle of alcoholism and delivered him to a life of victory. Now Shepherd continues to live his life for God and shares his good news through Victory in Jesus Racing Ministries and charitable fund.

[Morgan Shepherd]
Salvation Army officers from Cincinnati drove to Wilmington, NC to help Shepherd with the event.

The Salvation Army had the privilege of teaming up with Shepherd last week as he visited Wilmington, NC during the second leg of a charity trip. During the day’s event, fans came out to meet Shepherd and get up close and personal with his race equipment, including his race hauler and his Victory In Jesus #89 race car.

[Morgan Shepherd]
Shepherd’s Victory in Jesus #89 race car

If you look carefully at the car, you’ll see something that we think is pretty cool – The Salvation Army logo and our “Doing the Most Good” slogan!

Shepherd said while many people know The Salvation Army is “Doing the Most Good” during the holidays, he wants to spread the word that we serve those in need all year long.

[Morgan Shepherd]

“They change lives in the spirit of the Lord. I’d like to try to help them help others as much as possible.”

We’re proud to partner with Shepherd and encourage you to learn more about his unique ministry at www.racewithfaith.com.

And next time you watch a NASCAR event, look for our shield whipping around the race track!

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Show Us Your RTRK Photos

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thousands of you turned out or tuned in online to our first Rock the Red Kettle Concert. Thanks for the awesome support and donations! By the way, we love, love, LOVE all of your photos that have been tagged on Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.

If you haven’t posted your pics yet, what are you waiting for? Tag them as The Salvation Army USA to have them linked on our Facebook page (SalvationArmyUSA) or use #RocktheRedKettle for Twitter and Twitpic. We want to see them!

Check out these shots that have already been posted by fans:

[Americana at Brand stage. Photo by @LaurenKate22]
Here’s where it all happened, at the Americana at Brand. Pic posted on Twitter by @LaurenKate22

Hanging out with New Hollow! Pic posted on Twitter by @CJAnderson626

[Emily Osment Flickr photo by lisa_hiser]
Emily Osment was a hit with the crowd. Flickr Photo posted by lisa_hiser

[One Call Flickr photo by lisa_hiser]
One Call proved to be great singers AND serious dancers. Flickr photo by lisa_hiser

[Ashlyne Huff Flickr photo by lisa_hiser]
Ashlyne Huff sang her hear out. Flickr photo by lisa_hiser

[Honor Society Flickr photo by Lisa_Hiser]
The night ended on a great note with Honor Society. Flickr photo by lisa_hiser

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Help Us Fight Against Social Injustice with ‘The Daily Cup’

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Are you dedicated to fighting against social injustice?

Then download The Salvation Army’s newest mobile app The Daily Cup to stay informed, get involved, and make a difference.

The Daily Cup provides the latest info on pressing issues like hunger, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, natural disasters, and human trafficking, along with the good news of how Salvation Army programs are serving these areas of need.

With the app you can even join our mission by donating to our cause, volunteering at your local Salvation Army, or sharing The Daily Cup with friends and family.

Help us fight against social injustice. Download the app today by visiting http://www.getjar.com/Salvation-Army

Or got a camera phone? Scan our custom QR Code for another easy way to download.

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You Guys Rock!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Just wanted to post a quick THANKS to everyone who turned out or tuned in to our first Rock the Red Kettle last night! What a show! We loved getting to rock out with you and sharing more about our cause.

Thanks for all the donations and incredible support. Let’s do it again!

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Watch Rock the Red Kettle Concert LIVE Stream Here

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

For those of you who aren’t in the vicinity of Glendale, CA, we’re bringing Glendale to you. We’re streaming The Salvation Army’s inaugural Rock the Red Kettle Concert LIVE, starting tonight at 7pm PST/10pmEST.

The great thing about tuning in via live stream is it’s easy for young philanthropists to be involved! If you want to help bands like Honor Society, Ashlyne Huff, and New Hollow support our cause, you can simply click to donate while watching the show or use your phone to donate $10 by texting the word “GIVE” to 85944.

Enjoy the show tonight, and join the conversation below to let us know what you think:

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Rock the Red Kettle with Us!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Finally, our first ever Rock the Red Kettle is happening TOMORROW, Dec. 15! We’re going to be jingle-bell-rockin’ all night long with the hottest young bands, and we want you to be a part of it by watching LIVE at 7pm PST via www.ustream.tv/rocktheredkettle.

Plus, we’ve got a new addition to the star-studded lineup since our last update: Honor Society! Fans are still talking about how much they loved their White Christmas music video and Here Comes Trouble tour.

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Break a Sweat, Give a Knit

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

This Christmas Crunch Gym wants you to give a knit!

Give your gently used sweaters and other winter clothing to Crunch Gym and you’ll get an early Christmas present of 30% off a retail item – not a bad deal.

Your clothes will be donated to Salvation Army Family and Thrift stores, where funds from their sales will support our community programs and services.

So gather up and give your knits to one of the Crunch Gyms found in these areas across the country:

Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Portland, OR
Sacramento, CA
San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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Help Us Thank Our Amazing Partners!

Monday, December 13, 2010

If you’ve started to tackle your Christmas shopping, you’ve probably noticed our Salvation Army red kettles are out in full force. There’s going to be around 25,000 workers and volunteers this season collecting donations in front of your favorite stores.

This iconic tradition and vital fundraiser started in 1891 in San Francisco would not be the same without the generous support of the businesses who welcome Salvation Army bell ringers and kettles outside their doors.

Have you noticed that everyone you know recognizes a Salvation Army bell ringer and kettle? That’s because thanks to these businesses kindly sharing their space with us, we’ve been able to significantly raise awareness of need in your local community and our efforts to serve that need.

In fact, this broad visibility has contributed to The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign being known as one of the most enduring and recognizable fundraising campaigns ever.

As if that weren’t enough, many of these stores even match kettle donations or contribute their own!

Here at The Salvation Army we want to offer a huge THANK YOU to all the stores who welcome our red kettles. Thank you for believing in our cause and giving us the opportunity. We’re proud to partner with you in serving our communities.

Next time you see a kettle outside a store, we encourage you to let the business know how much you appreciate their support of The Salvation Army. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them!

Below is a list of our national store partners. This list is not exhaustive, as there are many more regional and local businesses who participate in our Red Kettle Campaign as well:

* Big Lots
* Bloomingdale’s
* Hobby Lobby
* JCPenney
* Kroger
* Macy’s
* Sam’s Club
* Simon Malls
* Walgreens
* WalMart

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Dream Drive will Make Dreams Come True for 100 Needy Families

Friday, December 10, 2010

We’re really looking forward to Thursday, Dec. 16. Know why?

It’s our Fourth Annual Dream Drive, when 10 families in 10 cities across the country will receive $1,000 worth of food and holiday gifts from Sam’s Club.

The event is hosted by Sam’s Club and Off the Field professional football players’ wives association for our Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family program.

We can’t wait to help brighten the holidays for these families in need, and we want to share the experience with you.

Visit our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages next Thursday where you’ll get to see pictures of this exciting event and the families who will be blessed by this year’s Dream Drive!

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