Join us for WRAP Week!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Let’s WRAP it up!

The Salvation Army’s Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking is recognizing the 24th annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week beginning Sunday, October 30. Running through November 6, the week is dedicated to creating awareness of our culture’s pornography problem as well as highlighting the harm done to adults and children alike by exposure to pornography.

The week also serves as a reminder for churches to confront the issue and to call all Christians to renewed lives of sexual purity and freedom.

Believing that pornography is a scourge on society and a distortion of God’s design for human happiness and well being, The Salvation Army’s Anti-Pornography initiative offers information and resources for families to protect themselves and to help others with pornography addiction. The Salvation Army also believes that pornography is one of the many facets of the Human Trafficking epidemic. The anti-pornography program is thus another effort to combat Human Trafficking.

Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army’s role in both of these issues.

Here are a few ways in which you can help raise awareness about this societal problem:

Wear a white ribbon. You can purchase your own at www.wrapfamily.com!
Share the facts! Open the eyes of a friend by simply giving them the low-down on the negative societal effects of pornography. Check out www.TheSalvationArmyUSA.org for a list of resources.
Share a list of resources about sexual addiction treatment services available in your community.
Join the movement: Pray for the freedom of those caught in the spiritual bondage of addiction.
Please join us and many other groups in pledging to take action against pornography throughout the year. For more information on the WRAP campaign, please visit www.moralityinmedia.org

This is The Salvation Army

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What do you think of this picture?

You might remember when we blogged about The Salvation Army’s All the World Magazine photo contest back in July. Salvation Army Editor Kevin Sims’ of International Headquarters in London initiated the project in an attempt to find the best depiction of The Salvation Army in a single area of the world.

Of 370 submissions, this photo of members of The Salvation Army in Pakistan won the contest. The twist? Photographer Keri Shay is an American who currently lives in Korea! How’s that for representing the internationality of The Salvation Army? We think that pretty much sums up the organization: an international movement motivated by the love of God to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

“We loved the dynamism in the picture, along with the aspect of the unexpected. Take the Army flag away and it could appear to be something completely different”, said Kevin Sims.

Congratulations to Keri, originally of the USA’s Central Territory who, along with freelance photography, currently teaches in Seoul, Korea.

Click here to see the top five photos! These among many other entries will be featured in the October-December issue of All the World.

For more information on The Salvation Army, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

Granting Wishes in Greenville

Monday, October 24, 2011

Robert Libby has been through more than your average 12-year old boy. Undergoing two separate open heart surgeries, he’s learned how to endure stress and pain at a very young age.

But nothing made his heart ache more than when his trumpet broke.

As a way to escape, Robert developed a passion for music which he describes as his “joy of the day”.

With no way to afford a replacement instrument for her son, Robert’s mother Peggy Kay reached out to The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, hoping to fulfill her son’s wish. Salvation Army volunteer Lisa Price of Greenville, SC contacted a seller on Craigslist and arranged the exchange. The seller, upon hearing of Robert’s predicament, decided to donate his beloved trumpet to the cause.

So touching! We are so thankful for all of our volunteers who continue to help us “Do the Most Good”!

Read the entire Fox News Story Here.

Want to help make a child’s dream a reality? Throughout the entire Christmas season, the generous supporters of The Salvation Army make Christmas a very special time for children in need through The Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree. Starting November 2, you can visit www.jcp.com/Angel to adopt your own Angel.

More info to come!

Now Available: 2011 Online Annual Report

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Time for Every Purpose- this is the theme of The Salvation Army’s 2011 Online Annual Report, now available at http://annualreport.salvationarmyusa.org/.

This verse from Ecclesiastes rings true when we reflect back on the challenges and blessings of this last year. We’re reminded – as both an organization and as individuals – of our God-given purpose to serve others during this temporal life.

We’re proud to report that, guided by God’s love and your compassion and support, The Salvation Army served 30 million Americans in 2010!

Our time to fight is always the present. The recession has created a higher demand for food services and a decline in charitable donations. Food shortages were the result, but we were still able to serve 64 million meals in 2010.

Here are some additional numbers:

5: The number of completed and opened Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in 2010 – there are now 17 completed centers throughout the country!

7,675: The number of operating Salvation Army units nationwide.

$1.82 billion: Total public support – an increase from $1.66 billion in 2009.

$3.24 billion: The amount we spent serving people – an increase from $3.12 billion in 2009

82 cents: …of every spent dollar went towards Salvation Army program services.

In addition, the report includes examples of The Salvation Army’s expanded efforts in the fight against human trafficking.

We couldn’t do any of this without your support and generosity. Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission of “Doing the Most Good”.

“Through every time and for every purpose to which God has called us, The Salvation Army presses on, joyfully and with determination”

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Stay tuned for the Online Video!