NSAW Fact of the Day: The Salvation Army on the Big Screen

Friday, May 14, 2010

NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK FACT OF THE DAY

Did You Know…?

The Salvation Army has been featured or mentioned in literally hundreds of Hollywood movies over the years – from classics like The 39 Steps and On the Waterfront to contemporary hits like Seabiscuit and Titanic.

The Salvation Army has been featured or mentioned in literally hundreds of Hollywood movies over the years – from classics like The 39 Steps and On the Waterfront to contemporary hits like Seabiscuit and Titanic.

Here are some events going on around the country this weekend as we wrap up National Salvation Army Week. Make plans to join us if you’re in the area:

* Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Tomorrow The Salvation Army is hosting The MOST Amazing Race, a fundraising event benefitting area family homeless shelters. The first team to finish this scavenger-hunt-like race (based off of the CBS show “The Amazing Race”) wins $1,000!
* San Diego, CA: The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center will hold a Free Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 15. Grab your parents, bring the kids, and come join!

* Pueblo, CO: Tomorrow The Salvation Army is hosting an open house block party for the community with games, food, and lots of fun!
* Houston, TX: The Salvation Army is holding their Talent Showcase on Saturday, May 15. We can’t wait to see these performances.
* San Francisco, CA: The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center will do a homeless outreach walk on Saturday and distribute donuts. Later that day they’ll host a time of fellowship and music when residents of the center will serve coffee and pastries to event goers. In the southern part of the city, The Salvation Army will host an Arts and Crafts Bazaar to raise funds for building water tanks in Africa.
* Salt Lake City, UT: Since the state legislature is recessed during Salvation Army Week, The Salvation Army will be hosting a lunch at the Capitol for elected leaders on Wednesday, May 19.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.

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NSAW Fact of the Day: The Beatles’ Fond Memories of the Salvation Army

Thursday, May 13, 2010

NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK FACT OF THE DAY

Did You Know…?

In the 1966 Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” John Lennon refers to a Salvation Army orphanage called Strawberry Field in Woolton, England. Lennon is said to have played with childhood friends in the trees behind the orphanage when he was a boy. The facility closed in 2005.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.

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NSAW Fact of the Day: Red Kettle Origin and Modern Traditions

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Did You Know…?

The Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign began in 1891 when a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect money for the poor at Christmas. The campaign has since become one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and throughout Europe.

Since 1997, The Salvation Army has launched the Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign with a special halftime show performance at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. Previous performers have included Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Toby Keith and Jessica Simpson. During this time period, The Salvation Army has raised more than $1.5 billion from the red kettles to support service efforts in communities nationwide.

Hit rock band Daughtry performed for The Salvation Army’s 2009 Red Kettle Kick-Off half time show during the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.

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NSAW Fact of the Day: Joan Kroc’s History-Making Charitable Gift

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK

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In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. Her wish was to create a center, supported in part by the community, where children and families would be exposed to different people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Completed in 2001, the center sits on 12 acres and offers an ice arena, gymnasium, three pools, rock climbing walls, a performing arts theatre, an internet-based library, computer lab, and a school of visual and performing arts.

When Mrs. Kroc passed away in October 2003, she left $1.5 billion – much of her estate – to The Salvation Army, by far the largest charitable gift ever given to the Army, and the largest single gift given to any charity at one time, to help build more of these Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Centers across the United States where such amenities and opportunities are scarce.

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NSAW Fact of the Day: The Salvation Army’s Role in Doughnut History

Monday, May 10, 2010

NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK FACT OF THE DAY

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Did You Know…?

The Salvation Army is often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States. After serving doughnuts – often cooked in battle helmets – to U.S. troops in the field during World War I, many soldiers came back to the States hooked on the pastries. Doughnut consumption subsequently took off in the U.S. during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1938, The Salvation Army also created National Doughnut Day, observed the first Friday of June, to honor the female Salvation Army officers — or “doughnut lassies” — who served the troops during the War.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.

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Honor Society In Nashville, “Doing the Most Good” as National Tour Wraps Up

Friday, May 7, 2010

Honor Society, the popular new band that we’ve partnered with the last few months, is wrapping up their national Here Comes Trouble tour with a show tonight in Nashville and a concert tomorrow in Atlanta tomorrow, May 8.

***If you’re in the Nashville area and able to make it out to the concert at Rocketown tonight, please bring nonperishable food items! Alex, Andrew, Michael, and Jason are holding a food drive to benefit the local Salvation Army food pantry, and you can help them in “doing the most good!” ***

Honor Society has done an INCREDIBLE job of supporting Salvation Army programs across the country. They no doubt have a lot of things they are doing as they enjoy their national tour, but we very much appreciate that they’re also making it a priority to give back to communities along the way and encouraging their fans to do the same!

Check out the most recent clips the band recorded of their time in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; and Cleveland, Ohio.

Allentown, PA (April 29): Honor Society served dinner to excited kids at the Community Center, and in a slight role reversal, the band was the audience to some children eager to show off their talents!

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Washington, DC (April 26): The guys visited the Washington, DC Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center and had a soulful jam session with the choir.
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Cleveland, Ohio (April 21): Andrew, Alex, Michael, and Jason surprised the local Salvation Army Harbor Light Center’s homeless families by serving them dinner.

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Coming Up: National Salvation Army Week!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Get ready because National Salvation Army Week is coming up – Monday, May 10 – Saturday, May 16!

National Salvation Army Week, typically observed in the second week of May, 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.”

In 2001, President George W. Bush issued a new proclamation recognizing the week, stating: “During this week, I encourage Americans to express their appreciation for the Salvation Army’s good works and to follow their example of serving a cause greater than themselves.”

We hope you’ll celebrate the week with us!

Everyday next week we’ll post on our website a Salvation Army event going on around the country, and our blog will also list an interesting Salvation Army fact. We’re sure we’ll be able to make you say, “I didn’t know that!”

Today, Salvation Army service units, along with volunteers, businesses and government, celebrate National Salvation Army Week through a variety of special events and activities across the country.

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Part 2: Honor Society Reflects on Parntership with The Salvation Army

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We recently showed you Part 1 of an Honor Society interview where they sat down with The Salvation Army in Norfolk, VA. If you need to catch up and watch the video, check it out at our original post because now we have Part 2!

The band discusses their time with the kids at The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in San Francisco, their experience on the Bed and Bread Truck in Detroit, and why they wanted to partner with us again.

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For more information about the hit band Honor Society and how they’re helping to “do the most good” through their partnership with The Salvation Army, visit their website at www.honorsocietymusic.com or follow them on Twitter @honorsociety.

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Strong Turn Out in Syracuse for Haiti Hunger Relief

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What do you get when you combine more than 2,600 Syracuse volunteers, Numana, and The Salvation Army? Apparently, 867,858 meals for Haiti!

In another one of our Numana community meal packing events for earthquake survivors, citizens of the greater Syracuse, NY area really wowed us by showing up in unexpected numbers and helping us far exceed our expected goal for the event! Individuals of all ages and backgrounds turned out, including a couple and their two 5 year old boys who they just recently adopted from Haiti.

Read the story about Saturday’s event HERE at The Salvation Army Eastern Territory’s website.

Numana’s website lists upcoming meal event locations and dates at www.numanainc.com.

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10,000,000!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If you’ve been following The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Haiti you know that we’ve partnered with Numana, a hunger relief organization, and tens of thousands of volunteers from around the country to pack and ship nutritious and simple meals for earthquake survivors.

Here’s some exciting news:

We’ve reached ten million – 10,000,000 – meals for Haiti since January’s earthquake!

This weekend at multiple events around the country, San Francisco, CA saw more than 1 million meals prepared in one day, volunteers in Champaign-Urbana, IL also packaged 1 million meals, and New London, CT put together 269,016 meals ready to be shipped.

That’s amazing, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our volunteers! If you would like to volunteer at upcoming events or learn more information about Numana, visit their website at www.numanainc.com.

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