Anne’s House Provides Escape, Hope for the Young and Exploited

Thursday, November 4, 2010

This week The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division will open Anne’s House, one of the few residential homes in the country to offer support for sexually exploited young women.

It will provide a welcome escape for females between the ages of 12 and 21 from the abusive and enslaving world of prostitution.

Girls and women that young caught in prostitution? It’s something we tend to imagine only happens in less developed foreign countries – certainly not our own. But the Chicago Tribune estimates “as many as 16,000 young people are involved in the sex trade in Chicago.” And that’s just Chicago.

But at Anne’s House they will find opportunities to help turn their lives around. Here The Salvation Army will offer them a safe place, attention of a caring staff of caseworkers and counselors, and educational classes and training.

We’re excited for this new facility’s opening and the invaluable support it will provide to women in much need of help!

For more information about how The Salvation Army is battling sexual exploitation and human trafficking, visit our national website here.

Learn more about how The Salvation Army of Chicago is serving their local community by visiting their website at www.salarmychicago.org.

Angel Giving Tree is Online! Adopt Your Angel Today

Thursday, November 4, 2010

This week is the official launch of The Salvation Army and JCPenney’s annual Angel Giving Tree online Christmas gift drive at jcp.com/angel!

Now you can play Santa for children and seniors in need by adopting these “angels” and buying presents from their wish lists.

Christmas shopping for family and loved ones is a daunting holiday task for almost everyone, but it’s especially so for those who don’t have the financial means to buy gifts. Fortunately, Angel Giving Tree online provides them peace of mind when generous supporters like you lend a helping hand.

Just ask Yolanda Wheeler, a blind, single mother from Jackson, MI raising two children and her teenage sister. Her kids will have gifts this year thanks to Angel Giving Tree.

To help other families like Yolanda’s just go to jcp.com/angel to adopt someone today. You can even choose an angel in your area by searching by zip code or find one according to age and gender. You’ll also be able to find gift drop-off locations or an address to mail your presents for free thanks to UPS.

There are more than 100,000 kids and seniors across the country waiting to be adopted. With your help, you can make sure they have some very-much needed presents waiting for them under the tree when they wake up on Christmas morning.

Hurry! The deadline for adopting and shopping is December 10.

To read the our official press release, click here.

Technical Difficulties

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sorry for the technical difficulties we’ve been experiencing with our blog.

The site has been down for the past week, but things seem to be up and running again, and we’re so glad to be back!

There’s been a lot going on with The Salvation Army, so over the next few days we’ll catch you up on the good work the Army has been doing across the country.

For more information and updates, you can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Bell Ringers – From Festive to…Funky?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but I can’t wait to see Salvation Army Red Kettles on street corners and outside store fronts and to hear the accompanying ring of hand bells.

Part of my anticipation has to do with the festiveness wrapped up in this tradition. For me, that familiar scene triggers the comforting realization that the holidays are here.

Most of my eagerness though has to do with the people. I can’t help but appreciate and respect bell ringers who have obviously taken time out of their schedule to stand on sidewalks and ring their hearts (or hands?) out in order help those in need.

My favorite is when I see a bell ringer get creative and incorporate their talents, usually singing or playing an instrument. Sure, it kicks up the “fun factor,” but mostly I love how a person’s devotion to their cause can inspire them to use their imagination and inspire others in return. With that in mind, you’ll understand my excitement when I came across this video this morning from The Salvation Army’s Northern Division (serving Minnesota and North Dakota):

I’ve seen carolers, and I’ve seen musicians, but rappers? That’s a first!

Apparently the “Salvation Souljas” made the music video to recruit more volunteer bell ringers, so I don’t know if they actually rhyme and dance when they’re manning the Kettles.

But if we happen to see an increase in funky, flowing bell ringers this season, now we know where the trend started!