You may have seen the Today Show Tag Sale Auction that we promoted over the weekend. Thanks to risky bidders, generous supporters, and big-spenders, The Salvation Army raised almost $10,000 which will help fund The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC).
Most people don’t think of rehab when they think of Salvation Army. In fact, it’s safe to say that most people only associate red kettles and thrift stores to The Salvation Army. When I talk with folks about the plethora of Salvation Army programs available, listeners are always pleasantly surprised.
They’re amazed to hear that The Salvation Army has been helping those afflicted with drug and alcohol addictions for over 100 years. In fact, The Salvation Army thrift stores exist solely to fund The ARC’s! With 119 locations across the country, the centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance, without discrimination, to adults who have lost their ability to cope with life and provide for themselves.
What makes The Salvation Army ARC’s stand out from other rehabilitation centers is that ARC program participants are cured in the only lasting way – through spiritual awakening. They discover a personal relationship with God, a deeper meaning to their existence, and a foundation of values. They leave treatment with a deeper understanding of their fallible nature but also surety and trust in God’s promise of salvation. Participants graduate with an understanding that God is the only true source for lasting change and happiness.
The inspiration behind this blog post came from an ARC success story that was posted on www.SouthernSpiritOnline.org.
Addicted to drugs, Justin was given one more chance to turn his life around through treatment. By means of his probation officer, Justin was admitted to The Salvation Army ARC of Jacksonville, Florida. While undergoing treatment and counseling with over 100 other men, he was inspired to be like them – grateful, happy, and full of joy and love for God. Through the positive six-month experience, Justin found his faith. Although his life has been at times tumultuous, he feels that God led him to his current career – Christian Counseling – through all of his life experiences, particularly that of his placement at the ARC. Read Justin’s inspiring full story here.
Your donations and purchases at Salvation Army thrift stores could potentially safe someone’s life. For ways that you can support The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, please visit www.satruck.org.
Click here to read more success stories from graduates of The Salvation Army ARC’s.
The following was contributed by Guest Blogger Brooke Newsom, Unit Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Kerrville Kroc Center.
Last week as the kids were loading off the bus to attend The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, I noticed a kindergartner running down the hall.
“Use your walking feet please.” I said as I glanced down at his shoes. I noticed there were no socks on his feet, so I asked him why he wasn’t wearing any.
He shrugged and said, “I don’t have any socks.” I prodded a little more, “You don’t have ANY socks at all?” He shrugged again, “I only get socks when I stay the night at my grandma’s house.”
In the back of my mind I remembered that we had a few packs of boy’s socks, of all things, that were donated to us during the summer time, just sitting in my office.
I asked him, “Would you like me to give you some socks?”
I did not know that a child could get so excited about something as simple and basic as socks. After helping him put a pair on and re tie his shoes, he looked up hopeful and asked, “Do I get to keep the whole package?”
“Yes.” I replied and sent him back to his classroom, hugging his new socks to his chest.
As an after school program director, it is easy to forget the “big picture” when working with the youth we serve. This child reminded me of the truly important things, such as filling a basic need that a child has. The Salvation Army has been meeting needs for a very long time, and I am grateful we haven’t forgotten the small things. We haven’t forgotten the socks.
To learn more about the ways that you can donate to The Salvation Army – whether monetarily or through goods such as clothing, furniture and household items – please visit our website at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.
In keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers provide facilities, programs and services that encourage positive life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors. Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army Kroc Centers.
The Salvation Army raised $9,551.26 in the “Today” Show Tag Sale Auction this past weekend thanks to support from eager bidders, NBC’s “Today” Show and E-bay!
The highest bid was $3,000 for Ann Curry’s items: two pairs of heels, a pink mariachi hat and the torch she carried at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. The other highest bids were $1,525 for Lester Holt’s electric guitar and $1,277.77 for Matt Lauer’s ties, boomerang and artwork.
100% of the proceeds from this auction will go directly to fund The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC). Each ARC provides physical, spiritual, social and emotional assistance to adults coping with addictions. Each center offers housing, work, and counseling. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal working life. Your donation to The Salvation Army ARC can save someone’s life.
Read true stories of recovery.
Thank you for bidding and for your support of The Salvation Army!
Some food for thought: There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of USA, Canada and the European Union. One in seven people will go to bed hungry tonight. One in four children in developing countries are underweight. These statistics are staggering, but you can be a part of the fight against hunger.
This coming Saturday, October 16, is World Food Day, an annual world-wide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed year-round action to alleviate hunger. On this day of recognition, founded on the same day as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, community sponsors and local coalitions will join together to heighten awareness of the growing hunger problem and to stimulate community and government efforts to find solutions.
The Salvation Army is right on board with these initiatives, combating the hunger epidemic across the globe. Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been providing food for the hungry – at shelters, through homeless and housing programs and at mobile feeding units during times of disaster.
Often overlooked are The Salvation Army’s collaborative efforts to combat hunger and poverty in developing countries. For instance, do you know about The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO)? With 50,000 indigenous Salvation Army officers stationed around the globe in developing countries, SAWSO assists communities and their leaders to determine the causes of hunger and poverty within their countries, create solutions and develop the necessary skills to sustain economic growth in their communities. 120 nations have seen the effects of SAWSO’s good works – whether it’s picking up the pieces after a disaster or eliminating poverty and hunger. While SAWSO does provide material assistance such as food and clothing, they really seek lasting change – the kind that is only possible when an entire community is willing to participate and see the projects through.
World Food Day is a reminder that action requires community support. To read more about World Food Day or for a listing of events, please visit www.worldfooddayusa.org.
In the current U.S. economy, the need here is greater than ever. If you’d like to volunteer with The Salvation Army, please visit our website home page to search for your location by zip code. Contacting your local Salvation Army is the best way to get involved!
If you’d like to find out ways you can give, please visit our website. Programs of The Salvation Army are only possible by your donations.
Want to learn more about SAWSO? Click Here!