By now you’ve all heard of the homeless man with the golden radio voice, Ted Williams. (To view the YouTube video that started it all, click here.) In just a few days he’s gone from panhandling to becoming an internet sensation with prestigious job offers pouring in.
Ted’s amazing turn of events, not to mention his humble and charismatic personality, has inspired an instant and growing fan base.
Interview with CBS’ The Early Show
Now Ted’s second chance at life is inspiring other gifted homeless people, including Salvation Army clients. In Minneapolis, Stu and Laporsha are both talented and educated individuals who never expected to be homeless, but they have hope that they will be able to once again get back on their feet, just like Ted.
Fox 9 spoke with them about how The Salvation Army is helping them pursue their own second chances:
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!
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:
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?
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?
I-Volunteer.org, 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.