Did You Know…?
The Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign began in 1891 when a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect money for the poor at Christmas. The campaign has since become one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and throughout Europe.
Since 1997, The Salvation Army has launched the Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign with a special halftime show performance at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. Previous performers have included Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Toby Keith and Jessica Simpson. During this time period, The Salvation Army has raised more than $1.5 billion from the red kettles to support service efforts in communities nationwide.
Hit rock band Daughtry performed for The Salvation Army’s 2009 Red Kettle Kick-Off half time show during the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game.
In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.
The Nashville Salvation Army is beginning the second week of its short term recovery phase in response to the historic floods that enveloped inundated Nashville and other parts of Tennessee.
For the most up to date and detailed information, follow The Nashville Salvation Army’s updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army – Nashville), or on their blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com.
Here are a Few Brief Updates on the Recovery Efforts:
Thankful: Four truckloads of supplies, generously donated by Knoxville’s WBIR TV, Food City and FedEx arrived yesterday, as well as 17 volunteers to unload and distribute them throughout the community. An NBC Telethon featuring country music legends also raised $1.7 million for flood relief, the proceeds of which will benefit The Salvation Army and other organizations’ efforts in helping Nashville to recover.
Food and Drinks: Mobile kitchens (canteens) are providing food and water in several of the hardest hit areas. Through Sunday evening May 9th, Salvation Army crews had served almost 9,000 meals and more than 12,000 beverages, as well as provided spiritual and emotional care to about 600 individuals.
Emergency Assistance: Anyone who needs emergency assistance can pick up at designated Salvation Army centers food boxes and comfort kits that include toiletry, hygienic, and cleaning items.
Recovery Action Plan: As The Salvation Army moves into the short term recovery phase, additional clothing will be provided, assistance with rent and utilities, and help with household items and small appliance purchases.
Ways to Help: Monetary donations are the best way to help. Gifts may be made online at www.SalArmy-Nasvhille.org or checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207. You may also make a text donation by texting the word “FLOOD” to 90999 and a $10.00 donation will be made to the local Salvation Army.
The Nashville Salvation Army is also accepting cases of bottled water, NEW socks, underwear, t-shirts, hygiene kits for men or women, and supplies for clean-up kits which include: mop, broom, work gloves, mask, sponge, squeegee, scrub brush, rubber gloves, bleach, all-purpose cleaner, trash bags and paper towels. Please DO NOT drop off used clothing items at this time.
Visit The Nashville Salvation Army’s website at www.Salarmy-Nashville.org for more information about benefit events, drop off locations, and more.
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Did You Know…?
In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. Her wish was to create a center, supported in part by the community, where children and families would be exposed to different people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Completed in 2001, the center sits on 12 acres and offers an ice arena, gymnasium, three pools, rock climbing walls, a performing arts theatre, an internet-based library, computer lab, and a school of visual and performing arts.
When Mrs. Kroc passed away in October 2003, she left $1.5 billion – much of her estate – to The Salvation Army, by far the largest charitable gift ever given to the Army, and the largest single gift given to any charity at one time, to help build more of these Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Centers across the United States where such amenities and opportunities are scarce.
The Salvation Army is responding to the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma yesterday. Four fatalities have been reported in Central Oklahoma with 57 injuries, and nearly 37,000 homes are without power. Local authorities are assessing damage and conducting searches for survivors at this time. Searches are expected to continue through the night.
Within The Salvation Army’s Arkansas-Oklahoma Division, mobile feeding units (canteens) and individual officers are providing food and refreshments for first responders and others in the some of the hardest hit areas. An emotional and spiritual care team will also be deployed to support those affected by the storm’s fatalities.
For anyone who would like to help those affected by the tornadoes, please consider donating at www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate your contribution to “Oklahoma tornadoes.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.