Great News for Our Residential Facilities

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Salvation Army residential shelters just got some great news to start off the New Year.

Stearns & Foster (owned by Sealy) announced it’s donating $1 million worth of new mattresses to our facilities across the country. The bedding manufacturer teamed up with retailers during the holidays to offer $100 in donations per mattress set sold, and, to our excitement, they reached the maximum amount of donations.

Stearns & Foster’s generous gift will fulfill a basic need for men, women, and children who need a safe place to stay and comfortable night’s sleep at The Salvation Army.

We have shelter programs operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Last year we provided more than 10 million lodgings to Americans in need.

We can’t wait to get these mattresses out to our communities and see the impact a good night’s sleep will have on the people we serve every day! Thank you to Stearns & Foster and participating retailers for your generous support!

We Made it On Jeopardy!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In a recent episode, Jeopardy referenced The Salvation Army in a video question!

See if you know the answer. And remember, respond in the form of a question:

Topic: 1880’s

Value: $600

Q: Though ridiculed at first, The Salvation Army’s work was finally recognized when in 1886 this president invited them to the White House and endorsed their work.

Click below for the full Jeopardy experience. Scroll down when you have your answer…

A: Who was Grover Cleveland?

I Resolve…to Not Resolve?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Are you one of the 33% of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution this year? Or do you wonder why people even bother?

Some of this year’s top resolutions (which probably haven’t changed much since last year) are:

1. Lose Weight/Get in Shape
2. Quit Smoking/Drinking
3. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
4. Get out of Debt
5. Find a Job/Get a Better Job
6. Fall in Love
7. Get a Better Education
8. Help Others
9. Go Green
10. Get Organized

Helping others, volunteering, giving back – however you want to phrase it – appeared on most top ten lists. Did it make yours?, an editorial website dedicated to helping people find volunteer opportunities, encourages you NOT to make a resolution to volunteer more this year. Umm…what kind of volunteer website would do that?

Actually, they make a good point, especially for you resolution skeptics out there. I-Volunteer argues that “resolutions” are easy to let fall by the wayside as soon as the freshness of the New Year wears off. Instead of attaching your good intention to an idea that we expect would take a miracle to follow through with, make it something more meaningful. Make it a promise. Read more here.

As a sweet bonus, I-Volunteer says making a “promise” to volunteer can actually be a means to accomplishing the other items on your resolutions list. Want to find a new career, get fit, or heat up your love life? Find out how volunteering may help, here.

What do you think? Let us know your resolutions or why you didn’t make any.

Mysterious Donations

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles fill up with spare change and bills during the holiday season, but every year there’s a few unique and mysterious donations that appear. Here are a few that made our list in 2010:

South African Krugerrand

Krugerrands – A South African gold Krugerrand coin worth $1,100 was dropped into a Shreveport, LA Salvation Army red kettle. Two more Krugerrand coins were dropped into Salvation Army red kettles in Fort Collins, CO. Yet another was anonymously donated in Kauai, Hawaii. Who knew so many people have Krugerrands?

Wedding Band and Diamond Ring – This surprising donation was found wrapped around a $1 dollar bill in a kettle in Indiana.

In a similar incident in Minnesota, a woman donated her husband’s wedding band to a kettle, but it was on accident. Thankfully, she recovered it from The Salvation Army when she noticed it was gone from her coin purse. Whoops!

[Double Eagle Gold Coin]
Double Eagle Gold Coin

Gold coin, donated “In Loving Memory of Mimi.” For the past six years, an anonymous donor has dropped a $20 Double Eagle gold coin – wrapped in a note honoring Mimi – into one of South Florida’s Red Kettles. The coin, printed in 1928, is valued at $1,400.

Several other rare gold and silver coins have been donated to kettles all over the country!

Secret Santa donates $100,000

$100,000 from the North Pole – The Salvation Army received several extremely generous, anonymous donations in our kettles this year. One however, in Joplin, Missouri, came from “Santa Claus.” Five checks totaling $20,000 came from the jolly old elf, hidden in folded dollar bills.