Red Kettles 2.0

Friday, March 19, 2010

This week we released The Salvation Army’s record-breaking Red Kettle Campaign results, made possible by your generous donations! (Thank you!)

The Washington Times featured a story about this today entitled, “Green Yule for virtual Salvation Army – Cyber kettle shows its mettle,” focusing on the new and unique “virtual” Red Kettle presence, including an iPhone application and the online game Coin Catch. This online presence helps us reach a larger audience and provides more opportunities for people to give back to the community.

The Salvation Army Coin Catch game, inspired by an anonymous donor in Detroit, is entertaining, free to play, and generates donations for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division where state residents are struggling with the highest unemployment rates in the nation. For people who want to support a good cause but don’t have the extra funds, this program is perfect!

The goal is to catch as many falling coins as possible in a red kettle while avoiding “bad things” like mousetraps and spiders. For every coin you catch, the anonymous donor gives one penny to The Salvation Army. As you catch more money, the game will quickly pause to tell you what a positive impact your funds will have on someone in Detroit (for example, $.33 cents will buy someone a meal, and $.66 provides a baby of bottle formula for a day).

If you haven’t tried our Coin Catch Game yet, visit www.salarmycoincatch.com to test your skill and help someone in need in the process. Thank you again for your support of The Salvation Army and helping make this a record-breaking year!

The Salvation Army’s Designer Challenge

Friday, March 19, 2010

If reality TV is any sort of indicator, Americans love the idea of designing, remodeling, and creating, especially when it come to our homes! Well, instead of turning on your TV for the latest DIY episode, head to The Salvation Army.

In Orange County, California, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores are partnering with the local American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter to host the Noah’s ARC Design Challenge (learn more on their Facebook page)!

Students from local interior design colleges will showcase their talents at 5 select Salvation Army Family Stores, demonstrating the art of incorporating donated (recycled) home furnishings into well-designed living spaces.

Each store will decorate a 12 x 12 area in the assigned genre of eclectic, mid-century modern, beachside, antique, or Mediterranean decorative styles. There will be a friendly competition for best room design among the 4 designer teams, plus the room items will be sold by silent auction bid! All proceeds benefit the Anaheim Adult Rehabilitative Center (ARC) program which provides free rehabilitation services for up to 140 men and 28 women at a time.

The designer rooms will be displayed April 10-April 24 with the silent auction taking place on Saturday, April 24, so if you’re in the area, you have 2 full weeks to take advantage of this opportunity to:

• Discover new ideas for how to integrate thrift store items into your favorite home decor style
• Learn about the latest trends and designer tips for decorating with recycled items
• Meet the student designers at the stores on Saturday, April 10th
• Participate in silent auction bid for unique and affordable room items

So take a glance at the list below and see which store(s) you want to visit as our aspiring young designers show off their creative prowess and reveal all the potential that lies within your home and our Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores’ aisles! And if you don’t live in the California area, we’ll let you know if similar events pop up elsewhere around the country!

Noah’s ARC Design Challenge Participating Salvation Army Stores:

• Anaheim West (Eclectic Style)
3150 W Lincoln
714-226-0512

• Costa Mesa (Mid-Century Modern Focus)
2126 Harbor Blvd.
949-642-3636

• Huntington Beach (Beachside Theme)
17362 Beach Blvd
714-841-2896

• Orange (Antique)
180 S Tustin
714-532-2235

• San Clemente (Mediterranean Decorative)
2727 Via Cascadita
949-492-0133

Four Miracles Amidst an Earthquake

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The following report is a personal account of Haiti’s January 12 earthquake as seen through the eyes of The Salvation Army’s Divisional Commander Lucien Lamartiniere. It was submitted by Stacy Howard, Public Information Officer for The Salvation Army’s Haiti Incident Command in Port-au-Prince.

Jan. 12, 2010 – 3:30 PM.

He described it as any other afternoon. The Salvation Army’s Haiti Divisional Commander Lucien Lamartiniere wrapped up a meeting at the Divisional Headquarters building. It ran later than expected.

The Major dropped his wife Marie off at a friend’s house. He noted this as being the first time ever, she didn’t want to go straight home with him, but wanted to visit her friend.

4 PM.

Major Lamartiniere planned to stop at the store to buy a drink. He forgot, and headed home.

4:45 PM.

He stood in his kitchen where he opened the fridge to grab a drink. The earth shook, his house began to crumble around him and in what he says “felt like forever” he ran outside. His gate was locked. The earth still shook – hard enough to break the gate open. He ran into the street where he watched his own house and his neighbors’ collapse. “I thought it was the end of the Earth,” Lamartiniere said.

4:46 PM.

The shaking stopped. In less than one minute, one of the most devastating earthquakes in history nearly demolished an entire country. He called his wife. No answer. He walked to search for her. When he finally arrived at her friend’s house, he breathed a sigh of relief as their house still stood. But Marie had left – to search for him.

5 PM.

Marie returned home, to see their car smashed under the caved-in house. She feared the worse.

5:10 PM.

Major Lamartiniere arrived on foot, back at his house where he reunited with his wife.

Two months later he shares his story as if it happened yesterday. Watching his eyes it’s clear every time he speaks of the quake he’s immediately taken back to the time, the place, the fear…and the hope.

He credits four miracles from God, as the reasons he survived what at least 230,000 others did not.

1. The meeting ran late. Had it finished earlier the participants likely would have been shopping in a location where most buildings fell.
2. Marie went to her friend’s house to visit. The house survived, while hers did not. She would have been in her own kitchen preparing dinner. The roof caved in over the kitchen and dining room.
3. The Major forgot to stop at the store. That store no longer exists.
4. His instinct told him to run, the second the shaking started. Many Haitians’ deaths are said to be due to lack of understanding in how to properly escape. Many thought they should stay inside for shelter.

Since the day that forever changed Haiti, Lamartiniere says many people who never sought The Salvation Army’s services before, now flock to the organization for help. The staff originally found some food that survived in storage and began cooking meals for those in need.

Once The Salvation Army established an Incident Command to spearhead the relief efforts, people began to form a tent city camp next to the former Divisional Headquarters, school and clinic which partially collapsed. With aid from around the world, The Salvation Army began its ongoing food distributions which now feed 20,000. One camp member expressed his gratitude to the Incident Command Team. “Without The Salvation Army we would die. Thank you.”

The Majors still live in a tent in the former Divisional Headquarters’ parking lot. They wanted and needed to be with their people, to let them know they were there beside them.

Major Lamartiniere’s primary hope for the future is to move people into permanent housing outside Port-au-Prince.

His outlook is simple. “I know The Salvation Army can’t do everything…but we’re going to be here to do what we can.”

The Salvation Army set up a Haiti relief fund and is accepting monetary donations. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Donors can also give via www.salvationarmyusa.org, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and through the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 with designation “Haiti Earthquake.”

2009 Red Kettle Fundraiser Fact Sheet

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

2009 Red Kettle Income Fact Sheet – Numbers