Do you have plans yet for Easter? Consider celebrating or supporting your community through events being held by The Salvation Army during this sacred weekend.
Units across the country will be holding sunrise (or “Sonrise”) services on Sunday, April 3 that community members are invited and encouraged to attend! Contact your local Salvation Army community center for more information about what’s going on near you. Here are just a few different types of events and services that The Salvation Army has planned:
San Francisco’s 88th annual Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Davidson Cross, located atop the city’s highest peak, will take place Sunday at 7AM. The free, citywide nondenominational event will feature the talented Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, along with musical performances by a bagpiper, gospel singer, and youth choir. It will be a beautiful scene of worship as gatherers of diverse backgrounds and denominations join at the foot of our nation’s largest cross in honor of the sacrifice and resurrection.
Many other Salvation Army units will be holding sunrise or regular Sunday services, with some even hosting a breakfast. The Men’s Club of Salvation Army Battle Creek, Michigan are cooking their annual Sonrise Breakfast with pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee, and The Salvation Army in Tucson, Arizona is collecting ham, eggs, potatoes, and pastries for the 600 people in need they plan to serve.
Other activities are spread throughout the week, such as a Saturday Easter Carnival being thrown by The Salvation Army in Waco, TX, and an Easter Egg Hunt being held in Bloomington Indiana, also on Saturday.
Do you know anyone in need of an Easter outfit? Our community center in Macomb County, Michigan is holding their annual Dress an Angel Program on Friday that lets children choose a dress, skirt or pant outfit.
And Easter baskets donated by churches, businesses, and organizations will be auctioned off by The Salvation Army in eastern Pennsylvania to raise money for the uninsured to help pay for their prescriptions.
Hopefully you can find some way to worship or be involved on this holy holiday. Happy Easter!
You may know the band Honor Society from their hit singles “Where Are You Now” and “Over You,” and the music video they did with The Salvation Army for the song “White Christmas.” (The guys are great Red Kettle Bell Ringers, by the way!)
Michael, Jason, Andrew, and Alex are partnering with The Salvation Army again as they tour across the United States during April and May. The band will volunteer time during some of their tour stops to support local Salvation Army programs and host canned food drives, so stay updated through our blog, Facebook, and Twitter as we provide more information about events near you!
The State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, and Department of Homeland Security are providing in a tremendous way for Haiti by donating to The Salvation Army thousands of cots for earthquake survivors.
It would take The Salvation Army 3 months to be able to purchase the necessary amount of cots, but today New Jersey, with the approval of its partners, will provide The Salvation Army with 8,000 cots purchased from the Grainger Company. They will be sent to Florida via truck and then transported to Haiti. A backup order has already been made by The Salvation Army for a later date.
These cots, though simple items, will meet a significant need for the displaced population. Tens of thousands of individuals are living in tent cities, making for crowded and unsanitary conditions. The need for cots extends beyond just a place to sleep – parents sometimes spend the night sitting up to hold their children off the ground and safe from the elements. The rainy season has also begun, making conditions worse and threatening lives. These donors’ generosity will provide much needed relief for many.
Initially, this recipe name leaves me with mixed emotions. Part of me wonders, “Should I be scared?” and another part of me asks, “Why have I not tried this ‘Monster Meal’ sooner?”
But a judging audience voted this dish, prepared by a team of Salvation Army chefs, as the “Most Flavorful” in a local Wyoming competition. Community Action, the Natrona County Detention Center, and ProStart Culinary Arts program also participated in the Iron Chef-like event where participants were required to draw their recipes from a list of shared ingredients (instant dry milk, creamy tomato soup, egg noodles, rotini, canned corn and applesauce) and prepare them within a specified time limit.
The purpose of the kitchen show-down was to demonstrate the versatility of food commodities that can be found in just about any home, specifically with social service programs, families, and individuals in mind who are looking for ways to maximize their food budget while still eating nutritional meals. The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies donated the ingredients.
Below is The Salvation Army’s winning recipe for “Monster Meal,” provided by Salvation Army chefs Carl Israel, Elijah Israel, Tracy Israel and Deb Weakland. Try it out if you have a chance and let us know what you think. Bonus points if you can figure out why it’s named that!
1 onion, finely diced
1 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 lb. ground beef or any ground meat
1 can Manwich sauce
1 can creamy tomato soup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. dry milk
1 lb. pasta, cooked and drained
1 can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
2 cups shredded cheese
Sauté diced onion in butter in large skillet.
Add ground meat and brown. Drain off grease.
Add Manwich sauce, soup, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce and simmer.
Combine 3 tablespoons dry milk with 1/2 cup water and add to meat mixture.
Put cooked noodles in large pot (can use same pot noodles were cooked in).
Pour the meat mixture over the noodles and stir.
Add corn, kidney beans, and cheese. Stir and heat through.