Salvation Army locations in Florida are geared up with the necessary precautions should Tropical Storm Emily (link) make landfall on Florida’s Gulf coast.
Already equipped with 42 canteens, two field kitchens, a field communications unit, shower trailers, a command center and most importantly, 700 trained disaster volunteers, the Salvation Army of Florida continues to prepare for looming storm Emily and any other storm in the coming months of hurricane season.
Coincidentally, the Salvation Army of Tampa had previously scheduled emergency disaster services training and workshops for today and tomorrow. Florida residents can thus rest assured that they are in good hands with well-trained Salvation Army employees during times of disaster.
For more information, please visit the Salvation Army of Florida’s website at www.salvationarmyflorida.org or find them on Facebook. You can also read the full press release here.
Christine’s Closet, Part 7: Say ‘Yes’ to this Black Dress
Our style expert Christine Burton is showing offer her latest look that is guaranteed to make heads turn.
She found this amazing black dress at a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, so not only is she ready for a night out on the town with this outfit, she can afford to have a little extra fun with the money she saved by shopping second hand.
Click here to see more photos of this gorgeous get-up at our Western Territory’s Expect Change blog and be inspired to be a savvy Salvation Army Thrift Store shopper like Christine.
Plus, the best part is every item you donate to or buy from our stores, you helps us provide life-saving, no cost drug and alcohol rehabilitation in your community. Learn more here.
Salvation Army Farm Gears Up for Olympic Host Role with International Mountain Bike Event
The Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Farm, in Essex, UK, stepped up its preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games by hosting an international mountain bike competition this weekend. The competition was a trial run for when the venue hosts the Olympic mountain biking in August 2012.
The sold-out Hadleigh Farm Mountain Bike International attracted more than 4,000 spectators to see 82 of the world’s top mountain bikers get to grips with the London 2012 course. France’s two-time Olympic champion Julien Absalon won the men’s race and described the course as “difficult technically and also physically.” The women’s race was won by Catharine Prendel from Canada.
The mountain bike course sits on part of The Salvation Army’s 900-acre Hadleigh Farm, which has a long history of helping unemployed individuals and adults with special needs with training and employment. The land was bought in 1890 by Salvation Army founder William Booth as the location of a farm and training center to help poor people from industrial London.
Today the site includes The Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Employment Training Centre – providing employment and life skills for a wide range of vulnerable adults – as well as tea rooms run by the trainees which are open to the public. Trainees from the center helped make signs for the viewing area of the mountain bike course.
The Salvation Army and Essex County Council are developing legacy plans for the course to ensure not only a great event in 2012 but also long-lasting benefits for the local area and community.
A short video clip about the event and the work at Hadleigh Farm can be found by clicking here. Find out more about Hadleigh Farm and its association with London 2012 at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/london2012.
Last weekend, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota were transformed into one giant race course for several dozen brave adventurers.
The Salvation Army Northern Division hosted their sixth annual “MOST Amazing Race,” patterned after the CBS hit show “The Amazing Race.” 24 teams of two hussled from checkpoint to checkpoint where they faced mental and physical challenges that ranged from fun to silly to difficult to tasty! See the photo captions for more details – there’s one challenge in particular that would make even the bravest of the brave think twice…
Congrats to Grant Dietrich and Jesse Struve of the team “Two Guys,” first-time winners of The MOST Amazing Race and the $5,000 grand prize provided by the race’s corporate sponsors! They crossed the finish line with an impressive time of 4 hours, 8 minutes, followed closely by teams “Let’s Winning” and “Super Karate Monkey Death Car.”
While the race is a ton of fun, it also supports an important cause as teams fundraise in order to compete. The earnings benefits The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club, which helps alleviate hunger and homelessness in the Twin Cities. Over $214,000 has been raised since the event started in 2006. This year competitors and donors helped raise more than $22,000!
We also want to shout the praises of our teams who did an amazing job with fundraising: congratulations to our top fundraising team “Adventure Guy and Gal,” along with “House of Luu’s” and “Two Guys.”
Find more info about the race, plus awesome photos, at www.thesalarmy.org/race. We already can’t wait for next year!