Kids Gone Fishin’ at Kroc Center

Thursday, May 27, 2010

With nets in-hand, more than a dozen students from Grand Rapids, Michigan schools will assist in the transfer of approximately 4,250 live fish from a portable semi-trailer tank to a “Fishin’ Hole” located in the center of Grand Rapids’ soon-to-be-open Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center’s campus. The release will include 200 Bluegills, 50 Perch and 4,000 minnows. When open, the “Fishin’ Hole” will provide those young and young-at-heart an opportunity to try their luck at catching the “big one” right in the heart of the city.

What a great way to get people in the mood for summer and encourage kids to get excited about fishing, especially if they’ve never had an opportunity to try it before!

In addition to fishing, families and individuals will have plenty to keep themselves entertained and active when the Kroc Center opens in October. Covering more than 20 acres, the center will provide programming and opportunities in the areas of Arts and Music, Education, Health and Wellness, Recreation and Worship. For more information about the Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, visit www.grkroccenter.org.

Additional information about The Salvation Army’s many Kroc Centers can be found here or on our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Chef’s Award-Winning Ribs Benefit Homeless

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, backyard grills are getting ready for their summer debuts, even at The Salvation Army! In Mobile, Alabama, the holiday weekend is the cue for the Army’s annual barbeque fundraiser, where hungry supporters will have the opportunity to purchase slabs of Salvation Army Chef Cecil Morris’ delicious, award-winning ribs (yes, they are so tasty that they were recognized by Food Network star Paula Deen).

Proceeds from the event will help support the reopening of The Salvation Army Center for Women and Children that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, with the new facility being able to shelter 50 homeless women and children.

Read more about Friday’s annual rib fundraiser and all the delicious details at the Alabama Press-Register here.

There’s also an amazing backstory behind the event’s talented chef. Cecil Morris, Culinary Arts Manager for The Salvation Army in Mobile, was once a client of our rehabilitation program while he struggled with alcohol and drugs earlier in life. While working in The Salvation Army kitchen as a part of his recovery process, he picked up on and practiced basic culinary skills, learning and climbing his way up over the years to where he is today – successful, self-supporting, sober, and inspiring others who are also trying to turn their lives around. You can read more about Chef Morris’ amazing personal story and opportunities offered by The Salvation Army in Reader’s Digest and USA Today.

Now what are you waiting for? Grab a bib and some wet naps and get some ribs before they’re gone!

For more information about The Salvation Army in Mobile, Alabama, visit www.salvationarmymobile.org.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 23 – May 29 has been designated National Hurricane Preparedness Week in anticipation of the 2010 hurricane season that begins June 1. For now, forecasters predict a more active storm season compared to last year’s generally mild one, but being informed and prepared can help diminish the damaging effects of hurricanes.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has set up a helpful page online about hurricane hazards, preparedness information, and practical ways to plan ahead. Click here or visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov to learn more. Plus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a fun page for kids with lots of hurricane background information so that they can be knowledgeable and prepared as well.

And you have probably seen in the news or even been served by The Salvation Army as we provide needed relief following hurricanes and other disasters. In fact, The Salvation Army’s first major disaster response effort in the United States followed the devastating hurricane that destroyed Galveston, TX in 1900, so we have a long history of disaster relief! Our goal is to meet human need by providing material, physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort to survivors and first responders, which could come in the form of a hot meal, a temporary shelter, financial assistance, a shoulder to lean on, and many other things.

Hopefully the referenced links will be helpful as you prepare for hurricane season. We’ll keep you updated on important information and our efforts this season. Be sure to visit our website at www.salvationarmyusa.org, as well as our national Facebook and Twitter pages!

“LemonAid” for Homeless Children

Monday, May 24, 2010

There is something cheerful and nostalgic about seeing roadside lemonade stands run by eager, entrepreneurial children. Nothing beats following the crayon-etched signs and dropping a few quarters into a tackle box-turned-cash register, then being greeted by a kid beaming with accomplishment as they hold up a refreshing homemade beverage in return.

That’s why we’re excited about a creative benefit called “LemonAiD Days” to support homeless children and their parents, an effort organized by The Salvation Army in Central Kentucky. Beginning June 1st, individuals and groups in this area can register their lemonade stand online or at their local Salvation Army. Participants will receive a LemonAiD kit in the mail that includes official badges, posters, and return envelopes for proceeds.

This fundraiser is a great way for kids to practice creativity, learn about economics, and be empowered to make a difference in their community. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army’s Comprehensive Emergency Shelter for families in Central Kentucky, with funds supporting the operational expenses associated with housing homeless children, such as providing food, lodging, diapers, clothing, and child-care.

For more information or to register online, visit www.lemonAiDdays.org. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Central Kentucky, visit www.salvationarmylex.org.