Red Kettles 2.0

Friday, March 19, 2010

This week we released The Salvation Army’s record-breaking Red Kettle Campaign results, made possible by your generous donations! (Thank you!)

The Washington Times featured a story about this today entitled, “Green Yule for virtual Salvation Army – Cyber kettle shows its mettle,” focusing on the new and unique “virtual” Red Kettle presence, including an iPhone application and the online game Coin Catch. This online presence helps us reach a larger audience and provides more opportunities for people to give back to the community.

The Salvation Army Coin Catch game, inspired by an anonymous donor in Detroit, is entertaining, free to play, and generates donations for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division where state residents are struggling with the highest unemployment rates in the nation. For people who want to support a good cause but don’t have the extra funds, this program is perfect!

The goal is to catch as many falling coins as possible in a red kettle while avoiding “bad things” like mousetraps and spiders. For every coin you catch, the anonymous donor gives one penny to The Salvation Army. As you catch more money, the game will quickly pause to tell you what a positive impact your funds will have on someone in Detroit (for example, $.33 cents will buy someone a meal, and $.66 provides a baby of bottle formula for a day).

If you haven’t tried our Coin Catch Game yet, visit to test your skill and help someone in need in the process. Thank you again for your support of The Salvation Army and helping make this a record-breaking year!

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The Salvation Army’s Designer Challenge

Friday, March 19, 2010

If reality TV is any sort of indicator, Americans love the idea of designing, remodeling, and creating, especially when it come to our homes! Well, instead of turning on your TV for the latest DIY episode, head to The Salvation Army.

In Orange County, California, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores are partnering with the local American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter to host the Noah’s ARC Design Challenge (learn more on their Facebook page)!

Students from local interior design colleges will showcase their talents at 5 select Salvation Army Family Stores, demonstrating the art of incorporating donated (recycled) home furnishings into well-designed living spaces.

Each store will decorate a 12 x 12 area in the assigned genre of eclectic, mid-century modern, beachside, antique, or Mediterranean decorative styles. There will be a friendly competition for best room design among the 4 designer teams, plus the room items will be sold by silent auction bid! All proceeds benefit the Anaheim Adult Rehabilitative Center (ARC) program which provides free rehabilitation services for up to 140 men and 28 women at a time.

The designer rooms will be displayed April 10-April 24 with the silent auction taking place on Saturday, April 24, so if you’re in the area, you have 2 full weeks to take advantage of this opportunity to:

• Discover new ideas for how to integrate thrift store items into your favorite home decor style
• Learn about the latest trends and designer tips for decorating with recycled items
• Meet the student designers at the stores on Saturday, April 10th
• Participate in silent auction bid for unique and affordable room items

So take a glance at the list below and see which store(s) you want to visit as our aspiring young designers show off their creative prowess and reveal all the potential that lies within your home and our Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores’ aisles! And if you don’t live in the California area, we’ll let you know if similar events pop up elsewhere around the country!

Noah’s ARC Design Challenge Participating Salvation Army Stores:

• Anaheim West (Eclectic Style)
3150 W Lincoln

• Costa Mesa (Mid-Century Modern Focus)
2126 Harbor Blvd.

• Huntington Beach (Beachside Theme)
17362 Beach Blvd

• Orange (Antique)
180 S Tustin

• San Clemente (Mediterranean Decorative)
2727 Via Cascadita

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Los Angeles Volunteers Help Haiti in Big Way

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday (March 12) marked the 2 month anniversary of Haiti’s destructive earthquake, and compassionate hearts continue to overwhelmingly volunteer their time and effort to help survivors.

More than 1,500 volunteers in the Los Angeles area turned out last Saturday and Sunday to package 1 million meals for Haiti, the latest of these community events coordinated by The Salvation Army and Numana, Inc. Meals contain rice, soy protein, seasoning and vitamin powder in specially-prepared plastic bags, ensuring Haitians receive the sustenance and nutrition they need as their country rebuilds.

The Salvation Army Western Territory has more information about the event and some great photos, so be sure to check out their blog! And THANK YOU to all the volunteers who worked so hard to package 1 million meals for Haiti. We couldn’t do it without you!

Photo Credit: John Docter, Salvation Army Western Territory

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Fashionistas Find Inspiration at The Salvation Army

Friday, March 12, 2010

Let’s face it, times are tough. Families and individuals are looking for ways to save money and spend more responsibly in the midst of a lagging economy.

Penny pinching can be a difficult discipline, but some creative folks out there are making the most out of their dollars and cents, and they’re having fun doing it! Personal stories of victory and enthusiastic tips for others have been popping up on blogs of frugal fashionistas and do-it-yourself gurus who know how to find bargains without sacrificing style and personality.

And where do many of their coveted treasures come from? The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores. It’s truly inspiring to see how a little creativity – and your money – can go a long way. And not only do purchases from our stores help your wallet, they also enable The Salvation Army to serve those in need.

Many bloggers have been sharing their trendsetting Salvation Army creations online, such as Amanda’s “Thrifted Remix” style, and retro, eclectic outfits by Ancho P. There’s also Elise, an Interior Architecture student whose talented and selective eye dressed mannequins and designed displays to transform a Salvation Army store into an upscale boutique.

Amanda’s “Thrift Remix” Style is built from clothes taken from second hand stores including The Salvation Army. Photo from her blog
Amanda’s “Thrift Remix” Style is built from clothes taken from second hand stores including The Salvation Army. Photo from her blog

A group of students from Grand Rapids Community College even hosted a fashion show at a Grand Rapids, Michigan Salvation Army Family Store. They were rocking the runway with outfits they compiled themselves from the store’s racks, boasting styles from polished to funky.

‘Nikki’ raved on her blog about a beautiful antique bench with “great bones and beautiful scroll work,” that she found at The Salvation Army for $13. She transformed it with some fun fabric and pink paint to fit in with her contemporary living room.

Now, back up – we can share in the excitement of others who have found great deals, but, as mentioned earlier, how do purchases (and donations) to Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores help those in need? Funds from the store directly finance Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs), which is a rehabilitative ministry that provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment.

For more information about Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, visit our website at In the meantime, we hope you continue to stretch your dollars and express your creative side with pieces from Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores!

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Salvation Army Ranks Among Top 10 Non-Profits

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Salvation Army ranks among the top 10 most trusted non-profit organizations in America, according to results of Harris Interactive’s EquiTrend annual brand equity poll.

The study measures more than 1,000 brands across 42 different categories, including 59 non-profit brands.

The Salvation Army emerged in the top 10 rankings in categories of:

* Most Trusted (10)
* Brand Equity (6)
* To Which People are Most Likely to Give (5)

You can read the full article in The NonProfit Times.

According to Harris Interactive, this year’s EquiTrend® study was conducted online among 19,708 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over between January 12 and 21, 2010. The total number of brands rated was 1,151, and each respondent was asked to rate a total of 60 randomly selected brands.

For more information about the life changing work of The Salvation Army,visit our national website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

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Monday, September 28, 2009

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Kroc Vision Coming to Fruition

Friday, September 25, 2009

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When the Helpers Need Help

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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