More Outfits from Christine, Plus Thrifting Words of Wisdom

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sneaked a peek into Christine Burton’s closet.

For those of you who missed our first two posts of the series, Christine works for The Salvation Army’s Western Territory, and she’s also a thrifty fashionista. Much of her runway-ready wardrobe comes from our Salvation Army Thrift Stores at an extremely affordable price.

Christine is sharing her shopping tips and photos with us through The Western Territory’s Expect Change blog. Her latest outfits come with two valuable lessons:

1. If you like it, grab it before it’s gone.

2. Spend a moment taking one last look before you go.

See the outfits that inspired these words of wisdom, including:

A funky kimono-style jacket that creates Christine’s look #3 here.

A saucy lace skirt that pulls together look # 4 here.

P.S. Each item showcased in these outfits cost less than $5!

Celebs Use Star Power to Support Salvation Army’s Japan Relief Work

Monday, March 28, 2011

“Ame ni Mo Makezu,” is one of Japan’s most famous poems. Roughly translated, the title means “don’t be defeated by the rain.” Its inspirational message encourages people to have hope and fight the world’s heartache by standing up for those in need.

Jackie Chan and dozens of Hong Kong singers and actors have adapted this poem into a new song, “Succumb Not to Sorrow,” which will be the theme of their upcoming Japan relief concert. Love Without Borders 3/11 Candelight Gala will be held on April 1 in Hong Kong with proceeds from the event going to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts.

But Jackie Chan isn’t the only celebrity using his star power to help Japan. We reported last week that Britney Spears donated 2 tickets to her Sunday performance taping for Good Morning America. California radio station Wild 94.9 decided to auction them off and donate the proceeds to The Salvation Army’s disaster efforts. We heard the winning bidder put up more than $1,000 for the tickets, which will go straight to supporting Japan!

For our latest Japan relief update, click here.

Salvation Army in Japan Considers Long-Term Disaster Response

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Our emergency teams in Japan tell us disaster response is going well and that most areas in need of assistance have been reached.

They’re still providing necessities such as food and water in Sendai and also in Yabuki-cho, both of which are near Fukushima but outside the exclusion zone around the nuclear power plant. Yabuki-cho seems to be one of the few areas not yet reached by government help.

Some areas hit harder by the disaster are still not accessible, but our workers in Japan believe other NGO’s are also not being allowed into these parts. The exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant is still in place and local reports say the situation is improving.

The Salvation Army in Korea has provided bottled water to Japan, and The Salvation Army World Services Organization (SAWSO) in the USA is organizing a delivery of blankets. They’ve also offered to send food packages if needed.

As many of you know, there has been a generous financial response to The Salvation Army’s Japan Disaster Appeal! Our Japan Territory believes funds already available in-country will cover the costs of the current response and that money raised from around the world will enable a medium to long-term response. The territory is considering building temporary accommodations and providing household goods and equipment, but these plans are still at the early stages.

Salvation Army in Japan Considers Long-Term Disaster Response

Salvation Army Car Will Put Petal to the Metal in Saturday’s Fontana, CA Race

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Morgan Shepherd and his #89 Salvation Army car will be burning rubber this weekend at the Nationwide Series event in Fontana, CA on Saturday, March 26.

Saturday will be a once in a life time opportunity for two lucky kids from our local Salvation Army program, as Shepherd has generously donated pit passes for them to get the full NASCAR experience. Just like Daytona, it’s going to be awesome!

We’ll post pictures and updates from Fontana when we receive them next week.

When Shepherd was racing in Bristol last weekend, Salvationists Major Peggy Mullins and Brenda Kent met up with him and his team for dinner. Shepherd said, “It was certainly a pleasure having The Salvation Army folks here at Bristol for a prayer, a meal, and good Christian conversation.”

To learn more about NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd and his racing ministry, visit www.racewithfaith.com.