Tuesday, April 17, 2012
This week (April 15-21) is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize volunteers and encourage people of all ages to seek out creative ways to get involved in their communities.
The Salvation Army is sending a gigantic “Thank You!” to all of our faithful volunteers. We truly cannot Do the Most Good for those in the most need without the whopping 3,400,000 volunteers that help us annually!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
We were inspired by a great idea from Jenni Ragland, Associate Director of the Community Relations Department at The Salvation Army Alaska Divisional Headquarters. She created a 12 Months of Giving calendar which listed a new way to give back to Alaska communities each month of the year.
We liked her idea so much, we decided to create a 12 Months of Giving calendar that can be used by anyone.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Through the collective support of individuals, businesses and partners during our 120th annual Red Kettle Campaign, The Salvation Army now has the financial means to help millions of struggling Americans in the coming year. You donated online and in our kettles, adopted angels, volunteered your time, and you encouraged us through prayer.
Our work is simply not possible without the faithful hands and generous donations of so many supporters!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Target’s Helping Santa Out!
The popular retailer and long-time supporter donated a whopping $250,000 in vouchers for the purchase of toys for Salvation Army Christmas programs! The generous donation is a huge help to filling an ever-rising need as well as increased requests for help this Christmas.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As the end of summer draws near, families everywhere are scavenging the store aisles to grab the school supply items requested by that oh-so-specific new teacher. But amidst the hustle and bustle of nabbing deals and buying new clothes is an often overlooked reality: many kids are without these basic back-to-school necessities.
That’s where The Salvation Army comes in. Thanks to an awesome national effort of volunteers, partnerships, and local businesses, thousands of kids across the country are returning to school with new clothes, supplies, and confidence- the right ingredients needed for success in the classroom.
The Target School Spree events provided nearly 12,000 children with a gift card worth $80 to purchase items needed for school. Those selected by the Salvation Army to receive the gift card also received one-on-one shopping assistance to ensure all of their needs were met. Nearly 500 Target stores participated in the one-day Target School Spree event.
In Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Project Backpack led to the children singing in appreciation as they received backpacks and supplies provided by Huntington Bank. Almost 500 backpacks were distributed! This included participants from the Summer Enrichment program at the six community centers throughout the city. “It’s so wonderful to be part of this event,” stated Major Faith Miller, Divisional Program Secretary. “We’re so grateful to the companies and those in the community who make these programs possible.”
Across the country Salvation Army locations teamed up with local businesses to “Stuff the Bus”. Krispy Kremes in North and South Carolina offered a delicious donut incentive to folks who donated supplies.
Florida Salvation Army locations “Stuffed the Bus” by partnering with Publix Supermarkets, United Way, First Coast News, and Community First Credit Union. In Jacksonville alone they helped 2,000 needy children!
The Salvation Army of Orlando partnered with Publix Supermarkets for the“School Tools for Cool Kids” supply drive. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer even stopped by on the first day to pass out nearly 700 bags of school supplies to the area families!
The Salvation Army of El Paso, Texas collected enough donations to help more than 420 children in the area, including children at the Child Crisis Center and those residing at the Salvation Army emergency family shelter.
The San Antonio Salvation Army provided 2,000 pairs of shoes to about 1,000 families in need. Within three shifts,250 volunteers fit shoes on the feet of these children- that’s gotta’ be a record!
The Salvation Army of Amarillo, Texas partnered with Wal-Mart to provide brand new shoes and socks for thousands of children. More than 800 students visited the store to pick out the shoes they wanted!These are just a few examples of the back-to-school events that have been going on across the country since late July. Children are enjoying their last few days of freedom rather than spending their final days of summer vacation wondering if they’ll have these necessities. Because of generous donors and faithful volunteers, education is made a priority, families in need can afford other necessities for a healthy lifestyle, and kids are left to focus on their studies without the distractions of “not having”.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!