Dream Drive Snapshots

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We’ve got pictures posted from the Fourth Annual Dream Drive for our Adopt-a-Family program. Below is just a sampling of the many photos you can find on our Flickr page.

Thanks to Sam’s Club, Off the Field professional football players’ wives went on a shopping spree to help make the holidays brighter for 100 families in need across the country. They filled up carts full of food, clothes, personal items, electronics and toys for each deserving family. Football players’ wives shopping for Salvation Army families this year included Roxi McNabb in Washington, DC, Dotti Palmer in Cincinnati, Denise Clark in Chicago and Kimberly Alexander in Dallas.

Thank you to all Off the Field participants and Sam’s Club for making this year’s Dream Drive come true!

Follow Us on Jumo

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have you heard of Jumo? It’s a new social networking site for charitable organizations and people who want to make a difference.

Jumo means “together in concert” in the West African language Yoruba. The site is named appropriately so because its purpose is to make it easy for you to connect with organizations and issues you care about, follow the latest updates, and support your favorite causes.

The Salvation Army USA already has our own page on Jumo here.

It’s great because it grabs our online social activity from the various reaches of the web, organizes them in this one stop shop, and then adds in a few links to related charities and projects Jumo thinks you’d like. It’s a virtual dashboard of philanthropy tailored to you.

So get connected and get involved with us on this social site for a cause! Whether your cause is homelessness or hunger, social justice or education, arts or something else, follow us at Jumo and learn how The Salvation Army is serving needs in these areas every day across the country.

So This Is What He’s Been Up to Since Those Butter Commercials

Monday, December 20, 2010

Was that Fabio – THE Fabio – pushing carts full of toys through the store checkout lane?

Yes, in fact, it was!

The flowing-haired star teamed up with The Salvation Army to provide gifts for hundreds of kids in San Francisco as a part of a Christmas shopping spree sponsored by Dig Deep SF.

The Salvation Army Western Territory has the scoop on their Expect Change blog here.

Racing with Faith

Monday, December 20, 2010

[NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd]
NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Morgan Shepeherd is a NASCAR legend. At 69, he’s the oldest active driver in the sport, but he plays hard and endures the driving’s intense physical demands, doing it for the love of the race. He mostly does it, though, for his love of God.

Shepherd says his life was turned around in 1975 when God rescued him from a self-destructive lifestyle of alcoholism and delivered him to a life of victory. Now Shepherd continues to live his life for God and shares his good news through Victory in Jesus Racing Ministries and charitable fund.

[Morgan Shepherd]
Salvation Army officers from Cincinnati drove to Wilmington, NC to help Shepherd with the event.

The Salvation Army had the privilege of teaming up with Shepherd last week as he visited Wilmington, NC during the second leg of a charity trip. During the day’s event, fans came out to meet Shepherd and get up close and personal with his race equipment, including his race hauler and his Victory In Jesus #89 race car.

[Morgan Shepherd]
Shepherd’s Victory in Jesus #89 race car

If you look carefully at the car, you’ll see something that we think is pretty cool – The Salvation Army logo and our “Doing the Most Good” slogan!

Shepherd said while many people know The Salvation Army is “Doing the Most Good” during the holidays, he wants to spread the word that we serve those in need all year long.

[Morgan Shepherd]

“They change lives in the spirit of the Lord. I’d like to try to help them help others as much as possible.”

We’re proud to partner with Shepherd and encourage you to learn more about his unique ministry at www.racewithfaith.com.

And next time you watch a NASCAR event, look for our shield whipping around the race track!