Amazing Support Made “The MOST Amazing Race” a Hit – Again!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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!

Salvationists in Norway Join Public Demonstrations of Love and Unity

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Salvation Army in Norway has been a comforting presence as the public honors those impacted by the heartbreaking bombing and shooting attacks last week. Many Salvationists are wearing uniforms or Salvation Army logo so that the public can easily identify them to seek prayer and support.

Members of The Salvation Army joined the ‘Rose March’ in Oslo, attended by more than 150,000 people, with appeals to show love and to stand together in the face of hurt. Salvation Army officers and soldiers also joined the crowd in front of Oslo University where the royal family, prime minister and many others held a moment of silence on Monday.

The Salvation Army Norway’s youth department has sent a letter of condolence to the Labour Party’s youth organization, many members of which were killed in the atrocities.

Colonel Jan Peder Fosen of The Salvation Army Norway says that so far no Salvationists are known to have been killed. There are, however, victims who have known links to Salvation Army churches. Corps officers are counseling those who have lost friends or family members.

More than 200 children and leaders gathered at a 5 day Salvation Army camp outside Oslo on Sunday to take part in activities including dance, music, singing and drama. A Salvation Army counselor has been available at the camp and gave counseling to all the leaders on Sunday.

Colonel Fosen says, “It was most moving when many of these 6 to 13-year-old children wrote in their own words prayers about the tragedy and placed them on a wall. [There were] beautiful words about love and sorrow.”

He concludes by saying that Salvationists and friends in Norway are truly grateful for the “many emails, letters and words of prayer during these days from The Salvation Army around the world.”

Please continue to pray for the nation of Norway and those impacted by this tragedy.

To read the full press release, click here.

Ruben’s Run Video Interview

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Former NFL Guard Ruben Brown has made it to 6 stops so far on his 7,000 mile bike ride across the country as he raises awareness of The Salvation Army.

We’ve posted updates along the way, but we love this video from FOX 4 in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Ruben tells in his own words how his trip is going and shares some background about why he chose to support The Salvation Army as his charity of choice. We definitely recommend watching the interview!

Target Helps Salvation Army Youth Get Ready for Back-to-School

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It may be the middle of summer, but more than 12,000 students today are actually excited to start school again in the fall!

That’s because Target stores across the country treated them to an amazing Back-to-School-Spree with the help of The Salvation Army this morning. The kids were each given an $80 Target Gift Card to choose their favorite school supplies, clothes, and other necessities for the upcoming academic year.

For some children, this is the first time they’ve ever had brand new school materials. For many, they have a new confidence knowing they don’t have to worry about being picked on or falling behind due to a lack of supplies. For all, the shopping event was a lot of fun!

We want to wish a huge THANKS to our partner Target for their $1 million donation that is supporting the education and development of thousands of Salvation Army youth program participants. Also, to our many volunteer chaperones who helped today, you rock!