“LemonAid” for Homeless Children

Monday, May 24, 2010

There is something cheerful and nostalgic about seeing roadside lemonade stands run by eager, entrepreneurial children. Nothing beats following the crayon-etched signs and dropping a few quarters into a tackle box-turned-cash register, then being greeted by a kid beaming with accomplishment as they hold up a refreshing homemade beverage in return.

That’s why we’re excited about a creative benefit called “LemonAiD Days” to support homeless children and their parents, an effort organized by The Salvation Army in Central Kentucky. Beginning June 1st, individuals and groups in this area can register their lemonade stand online or at their local Salvation Army. Participants will receive a LemonAiD kit in the mail that includes official badges, posters, and return envelopes for proceeds.

This fundraiser is a great way for kids to practice creativity, learn about economics, and be empowered to make a difference in their community. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army’s Comprehensive Emergency Shelter for families in Central Kentucky, with funds supporting the operational expenses associated with housing homeless children, such as providing food, lodging, diapers, clothing, and child-care.

For more information or to register online, visit www.lemonAiDdays.org. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Central Kentucky, visit www.salvationarmylex.org.

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Phildelphia Eagles Doing the Most Good – Come Help Them!

Friday, May 21, 2010

We’ve been posting a lot recently about our partnering with hunger relief organization Numana, Inc. to host community meal packing events around the country for Haiti earthquake survivors. Yes, even four months after the disaster, much help is still needed and will continue to be needed for a long time.

Today, May 21, and tomorrow, May 22, volunteers will gather in Philadelphia at Drexel University to help The Salvation Army prepare 1 million meals. We we will ship and distribute the food to the 20,000 displaced Haitians that we are caring for in Port-au-Prince. We’re looking for 5,000 volunteers to make this possible, so if you want to get involved, register online at www.SalvationArmyPhiladelphia.org. We need your help!!

And we think it’s pretty cool that the Philadelphia Eagles are partnering with us for this event! This afternoon Eagles guard and Haiti native Max Jean-Gilles, Eagles linebacker Akeem Jordan and Eagles employees will be volunteering in our effort to provide nutritious meals to earthquake survivors.

Come out and lend a hand for a few hours while making a big difference in the lives of those in need. Here are some important links for more information including the event’s address and important FAQ:

* The Salvation Army Philadelphia’s Website -www.SalvationArmyPhiladelphia.org/millionmeals
* Facebook – SalvationArmyPhiladelphia
* Twitter – @SalArmyPhilly

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Hey, Northwest! Here’s Your Opportunity to Help Haiti

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

[Million Meal Event]
Photo: The Salvation Army Western Territory

As The Salvation Army continues our relief work in Haiti following January’s earthquake, we need 2,000 volunteers to help us prepare more meals for earthquake survivors.

The Salvation Army and Numana Inc. will be hosting another Million Meals Packing event next weekend in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 at the Washington State Convention Center.

You and your friends are invited to the packing party, where you will prepare bags of vitamin-fortified rice, beans and vegetables. One bag is enough to feed a family of six! The work required is simple, but it’s a great time and your efforts will go a long way in benefiting the lives of others in need.

*If you’re in the Seattle area and ready to volunteer a few hours of your time, visit The Salvation Army Northwest Division’s registration page at http://www.salvationarmynw.org/haiti for more information.*

For fun photos of past events, check out The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Flickr page here.

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Memory of Salvation Army Doughnut Girls Honored in Museum Exhibit

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Theirs is a story that is noble and inspiring, and thanks to the new Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Exhibit, hopefully the tale of the Doughnut Girls will be heard more often. The museum’s new feature was dedicated last week at The Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana to highlight the outstanding behind-the-scenes contributions during World War I of these female Salvation Army officers that is a little known, but riveting, part of American history.

Supporters and even relatives of the famed Doughnut Girls turned out at the event enthusiastically dressed in uniform, greeting visitors with coffee and doughnuts. People enjoyed the opportunity to view displays with original utensils, uniforms, and promotional materials. For more information on the event, visit The Salvation Army Indiana’s website (www.saindy.org) for an original article and find photos on their Flickr page.

Not Familiar with the Story of Salvation Army Doughnut Girls?

As young American soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to create delicious fried donuts for the boys.

These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men donuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these donuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time.

We hope if you’re in the Indiana area that you’ll be able to stop by The Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Exhibit. Also, don’t forget to think about us and grab a doughnut on National Doughnut Day, coming up the first Friday of June. Check back at our national website and social media sites for more fun, historical doughnut facts and information about events that will be taking place across the country.

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Looking for Volunteers in Chicago

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Salvation Army and Numana, Inc.’s next community meal packing event for Haiti relief will take place in the Chicago, IL area (Melrose Park) this coming weekend on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23rd.

If you can spare just a few hours to help earthquake survivors, register online and come lend a hand! Volunteers across the country have already packed more than 10 million meals for Haiti, and we hope to prepare 1 million more this weekend with your help!

We are partnering with Navistar and will be holding the event at their 10400 W. North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL location.

For more information or to register for the event, visit The Salvation Army Chicago’s website at http://www.salarmychicago.org/volunteer/ or call 773-205-3636.

View the below video from Chicago’s WGN News for information about another Salvation Army and Numana Meals for Haiti event that took place recently in Elgin, IL.

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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

Did You Know…?

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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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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