Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits, Fayetteville Observer
Who among us has not watched a home decorating or makeover TV show, whether it be Trading Spaces, Design on a Dime, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, or something of the like?
It’s just plain fun to vicariously play the part of a designer and flex your creativity and problem-solving skills along with the cast. Perhaps the best part is when us viewers experience the joy of the lucky home owner when they see the big reveal.
Try to contain your excitement if you can because in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The Salvation Army is turning this television event into real life, and you can be a part of it.
They’re looking for amateur decorators, crafters and home improvement gurus to take part in The Salvation Army Shelter Design Challenge! Volunteer teams will have the opportunity to each redecorate 1 room of their Homeless Shelter.
If you have an eye for design, a heart that wants to help, and know how to stretch a budget, learn more about participating at www.salvationarmyfayetteville.org or visit their event page on Facebook. The public will be invited to walk through and vote for their favorite design on September 10.
And of course, the best part of it all will be saved for the 60+ homeless shelter residents who return that evening to a redesigned and redecorated space just for them!
Lt. Mark Ferreira (right) was integral in helping establish the partnership between The Salvation Army and Morgan Shepherd (2nd to right) and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team.
Morgan Shepherd and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team competed this past weekend in Kentucky, and this time Salvation Army Lieutenant Mark Ferreira from Portsmouth, Ohio had the opportunity to see them in action.
Lt. Ferraria was invited as a personal guest of Dave Pack, a member of Shepherd’s team, but Ferraria was more than just another spectator. He helped make “The Salvation Army” car happen!
[Race with Faith]
Great spot – that’s the way to watch a race!
The special partnership between Morgan Shepherd’s Victory in Jesus Racing ministry and The Salvation Army, which we’ve been blogging about for months now, originally started thanks to the hard work and inspired idea of Pack and Ferraria.
The two helped connect Shepherd and The Salvation Army, who have similar ministry goals, and the partnership grew from an event in North Carolina to several races around the country. And with our iconic red shield emblazoned on the hood of Shepherd’s race car, the Victory in Jesus team not only raised awareness of our service and programs throughout the country during difficult economic times, but several youths involved in our programs have had the experience of a lifetime as they’ve attended races as Shepherd’s VIP guests.
Thanks to Lt. Ferraria and Dave Pack for pursuing this great idea! And we are extremely grateful to Morgan Shepherd and his team for the support they continue to show The Salvation Army.
To learn more about Shepherd’s racing ministry and partnership with The Salvation Army, please visit www.racewithfaith.com. Is this your first time hearing about Morgan Shepherd generously donating the hood of his race car to The Salvation Army? Read our original post here.
Former Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears All-Pro NFL guard Ruben Brown will kick off his cross country motorcycle run this Friday, July 15, to raise funds for and awareness of The Salvation Army.
As part of the 11th annual Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run, Ruben will travel from the East Coast to West Coast and back again while making pit stops at our community programs along the way.
Having grown up in Salvation Army programs, Brown understands that limited financial or material means does not have to limit someone’s opportunity to achieve something great. That’s why his Ruben Brown Foundation is committed to supporting youth development through athletics, cultural, and educational programs.
We’re excited that he’s using this creative opportunity to help support other kids who are benefitting from Salvation Army programs, just like he did!
You can support Ruben’s Motorcycle Run by donating online at www.RubensRun.com, or give a $10 gift via text message by texting the word “RUN” to 80888.* Ninety percent of all funds donated will go to support the work of The Salvation Army; the remainder will subsidize transportation expenses associated with the Run. Plus, donations will stay in the local community in which it was raised.
Be sure to follow Ruben’s progress at www.facebook.com/rubenbrownfoundation and www.twitter.com/rubenbrownFDFN.
Ruben Brown, center, is using his motorcycle to make some noise for Salvation Army programs across the country. Photo: The Salvation Army Buffalo
And keep your eyes and ears open – if you hear a rumbling down the street, it may just be Ruben rumbling his way through your neighborhood. Check the schedule below to see if he’ll be visiting a Salvation Army center near you:
* Buffalo, NY (July 15): Ruben’s Run kick off with Salvation Army staff, city officials and local business supporters.
* Lynchburg, VA (July 16): Ruben provides food to Salvation Army clients at the Lynchburg Corps Gymnasium.
* Nashville, TN (July 18): Ruben visits the Madison Corps and takes a motorcycle tour of Madison with the Corps Officer.
* Little Rock, AR (July 22): Ruben rides with the local motorcycle group to The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light to serve breakfast to clients.
* Tulsa, OK (July 23): Ruben visits the Center of Hope in Tulsa, OK and helps serve lunch.
* Dallas – Fort Worth, TX (July 25): Ruben visits kids at The Salvation Army’s Summer Youth Day Camp and later serves lunch at the Mabee Center.
* El Paso, TX (July 26): Ruben visits The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and later ride with local motorcycle groups to the Texas/New Mexico border.
* Los Angeles, CA (July 30): Ruben visits The Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center to play with the kids.
* Milwaukee, WI (August 11): Ruben has a Meet and Greet Autograph Session at the Harley Museum’s monthly Bike Night Meeting.
* A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t
Wait a minute – was that American Idol Ruben Studdard at The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa, Alabama?
You bet it was!
The singer helped distributed food and supplies to about 200 local families of a community that continues to rebuild following April’s destructive tornadoes. The event was part of the Gospel Music Channel’s (GMC) Uplift Someone America Tour.
The Tuscaloosa News has all the information here.