Our Social Justice App is So Hot Right Now

Thursday, February 3, 2011

More than 190,000 people have downloaded The Salvation Army’s free social justice app ‘The Daily Cup’ since we launched it December 15. That’s pretty cool!

If you’d like to get it on your phone, just go to www.getjar.com/Salvation-Army.

With The Daily Cup you’ll have access to important information about social justice issues like hunger, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and natural disasters. You can even donate to worthy causes right through your phone. Click on the picture below to see what all the buzz is about. Business Wire has the official press release.

More than Just a Good Deal

Thursday, February 3, 2011

One of the most well-known Salvation Army programs is our Thrift & Family Stores. You’ve probably found a new outfit on a budget there. More than likely you’ve even donated your stuff after finally giving in to that urge to clean out your closets.

But our Family Stores are about much more than just getting good deals. They’ve helped rehabilitate and restore thousands of lives – probably even that of an employee you met last time you stopped in.

An NBC news station in Tampa Bay, FL aired a great behind-the-scenes story about what our Thrift & Family Stores are really about, with testimonies from those whose lives have been changed. Check it out:

To learn more about Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) supported by our Thrift & Family Stores, visit www.satruck.org.

Groundhog Day and Other Weird News

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Straight from Gobbler’s Knob this morning, the world’s most famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring! The winter-weary, and especially those impacted by this week’s blizzard, are probably rejoicing at the news – that is, if you put any stock in the forecast of a rodent.

However, there are some out there savoring what’s left of this bitterly cold season. Just a few hours east of Punxsutawney in Williamsport, PA, The Salvation Army held its Second Annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday. About 100 people dove in to the icy Susquehanna River, and about 500 more shivered as they watched from dry ground. Some of the plungers even came in costume, reportedly dressed for dunking in prom gowns, tuxedo garb, and even a buffalo headdress.

Weird? Absolutely, but it was all for a good cause. The local Salvation Army says they raised more than $5,000 as a result of the Polar Bear Plunge, which will go to support community programs, especially those benefitting youth.

Fun fact for the Day: Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and hasn’t seen it 16 times since 1887.

Salvation Army Prepares to Serve Ahead of Massive Winter Storm

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Across the country The Salvation Army is making preparations for the massive winter storm forecast to bear down today and tomorrow on states stretching from the Midwest all the way to the Northeast.

Feeding locations and mobile kitchens are being stocked and readied to serve hot meals in many areas. Pending a review of tonight’s expected conditions, The Salvation Army in Nebraska hopes their Winter Night Watch (WNW) program will be able to roam the streets of Omaha to distribute food and drinks to the homeless, as well as winter outerwear for those in need.

As temperatures drop into the teens and negative digits, the homeless or anyone in need of a safe, warm place is encouraged to head to Salvation Army warming centers open across Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and other states. Specific addresses are being reported by the local media or can be found by contacting your nearest Salvation Army.

In Chicago, where they’re predicting historic blizzard conditions, the city’s Emergency Services Director has announced they will be partnering with The Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and other organizations to effectively coordinate storm response. Many of our Salvation Army Divisions, in fact, are participating in conference calls today to plan with local governments and other entities.

If you or your loved ones are in the storm’s path, we hope you stay warm and safe over these next few days.

Check back soon for updates on The Salvation Army’s efforts.