Friday, February 24, 2012
“Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums. See, one’s the work of God, but one’s a man-made invention. See, one is the cure, but the other’s the infection.”
Do you agree with these words from Christian rap artist Jefferson Bethke? His famous rap video titled “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” has garnered almost 20 million views on Youtube, contributing to the rising trend of “YouTube Christianity”.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Although I wasn’t in South Bend, IN over the weekend for The Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center grand opening, news articles from the area are buzzing with details from the day’s event! According to our friends there, thousands of community members showed up to check out the awesome amenities of the long-awaited center.
Apparently “seeing is believing”.
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Kapolei, Hawaii invites you to attend their official dedication and open house tomorrow, January 28.
Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the event will kick off with a dedication ceremony followed by an open house that will run from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Have you kick-started your resolution to be healthier this year? Perhaps you’re waiting until you’ve consumed the very last bite of those stale Christmas cookies sitting on your kitchen counter?
Today’s guest blogger Pon Thoummavong, Marketing Coordinator of The Salvation Army Kroc Center in San Francisco, CA, will motivate you to dance your way towards a better you in 2012!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Could they get any better? The guys behind Honor Society are talented AND charitable! Check out the band’s latest music video “Spread the Love” featuring The Salvation Army. The video,…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Salvation Army must have a slammin’ report card!
We are THRILLED to announce that the band Honor Society will once again headline our 2011 Rock the Red Kettle Tour!!
The guys behind the hit band have been supporting The Salvation Army since 2009 – serving the poor in various cities, making surprise visits at Kroc Centers, helping us feed the hungry, and encouraging young philanthropists! We are so appreciative of their initiative to give back to those in need, especially when they are busy making music and touring the country!
The tour will debut hits off of their acclaimed new album A Tale of Risky Business, Pt. 2 – just released on October 25!
Be sure to mark your calendar! Here are the concert dates:
November 29: Teaneck, New Jersey
November 30: New York City, New York
December 4: West Chester, Pennsylvania
December 5: Vienna, Virginia
December 8: Chicago, Illinois
December 10: Pittsburgh, PA
Don’t forget to RSVP! Click on the dates above to visit the event’s Facebook page. See you there!
For more updates, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Leaves are spinning, the temperatures are dropping, and there’s crispness in the air that stirs up a special nostalgia experienced only in the unique month of October. As we anticipate the coming holidays, newly formed Salvation Army Kroc Centers throughout the country are creating their own fall tradition: KROCTOBERFEST.
The real question remains: Is RJ Kroc of German heritage? Either way, the name is an appropriate title for the annual celebration of fall at the Kroc Centers.
While many Kroc Centers have started their Kroctobers already, this coming weekend is jam-packed with events for the communities surrounding the Centers.
To name just a few, here are some of the Kroc locations offering events this weekend.
San Francisco, CA: Spiders will be spinning webs at the San Francisco Kroc Center’s 4th Anniversary Halloween Carnival, which takes place on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Admission is free for all children and their families. Children and their families will be able to enjoy a host of activities, food, and games – including bowling, sharp shooter, mini golf, cake walk, ping-pong, and as a special addition the courtyard bounce house. Prizes will also be awarded for the best costumes, with a congratulatory hug from R.J Kroc, our friendly and always-popular 7-foot mascot. Learn more.
Coeur d’Alene, ID: The Kroc Center of Coeur d’Alene is hosting a concert on Friday night, October 28- the Panhandle Polecats will be stirring up some bluegrass for only $8 per ticket. The weekend will conclude with an expected 3,000 guests at gigantic “Wild West” themed Halloween party, complete with bounce houses, booths, movies in the theater, and of course – Mr. RJ Kroc himself! Learn more.
San Diego, CA: On Saturday, October 29, The Kroc Center of San Diego will be hosting the annual Boo Bash Halloween Carnival. From 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., you can enjoy ice-skating, carnival games, bounce houses, rock climbing and, what else? “Trick-or-Treating”! Not a member? The price is only $2 for entrance. Learn more.
Atlanta, GA: The Kroc Center of Atlanta is hosting a Senior Fall Ball on Sunday, October 30th. Guests can enjoy a nice meal, live music and dancing. On October 31, join in the Family Fun! Chosen Vessels, a Christian dance group, will be performing. The night will also include activities for teens and children. Learn more.
Augusta, GA: While “Kroctoberfest” may have happened last Saturday, there is still plenty going on this weekend at The Kroc Center of Augusta. Aptly titled Kroptoberfest, the Center is hosting a scrapbooking party from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., followed by “Trunk or Treat” for members, guests and staff. Child-friendly costumes are welcome and prizes will be awarded. Learn more.
Kerrville, TX: Join the Kroc Center of Kerrville, TX for Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 29. Free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the event includes games, pumpkin patch, food, face painting, and bounce houses. Learn more.
Omaha, NE: The Kroc Center of Omaha is hosting a Pumpkin Patch Party on Monday, October 31 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Not a member? The price is only $5 for entry! Also a bonus: The first 200 kids get a free bag of treats. Learn more.
And this isn’t all. There are plenty of events happening this weekend at Kroc Centers nationwide. These events are provided as part of The Salvation Army Kroc Centers’ mission of providing safe and secure family events within communities. We hope you will join in your local Kroctoberfest: celebrating fall, fellowship and friends at your local Kroc Center!
You can find more info on all of the Kroc Centers and their Facebook pages by visiting our website here. Don’t miss out on the family fun!
Friday, October 21, 2011
A Time for Every Purpose- this is the theme of The Salvation Army’s 2011 Online Annual Report, now available at http://annualreport.salvationarmyusa.org/.
This verse from Ecclesiastes rings true when we reflect back on the challenges and blessings of this last year. We’re reminded – as both an organization and as individuals – of our God-given purpose to serve others during this temporal life.
We’re proud to report that, guided by God’s love and your compassion and support, The Salvation Army served 30 million Americans in 2010!
Our time to fight is always the present. The recession has created a higher demand for food services and a decline in charitable donations. Food shortages were the result, but we were still able to serve 64 million meals in 2010.
Here are some additional numbers:
5: The number of completed and opened Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in 2010 – there are now 17 completed centers throughout the country!
7,675: The number of operating Salvation Army units nationwide.
$1.82 billion: Total public support – an increase from $1.66 billion in 2009.
$3.24 billion: The amount we spent serving people – an increase from $3.12 billion in 2009
82 cents: …of every spent dollar went towards Salvation Army program services.
In addition, the report includes examples of The Salvation Army’s expanded efforts in the fight against human trafficking.
We couldn’t do any of this without your support and generosity. Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission of “Doing the Most Good”.
“Through every time and for every purpose to which God has called us, The Salvation Army presses on, joyfully and with determination”
Want to share these stats? Let your friends know about the 30 million Americans who benefited from The Salvation Army’s work. You can do so by visiting us on Facebook or Twitter. To learn more about The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
Stay tuned for the Online Video!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The following was contributed by Guest Blogger Brooke Newsom, Unit Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Kerrville Kroc Center.
Last week as the kids were loading off the bus to attend The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, I noticed a kindergartner running down the hall.
“Use your walking feet please.” I said as I glanced down at his shoes. I noticed there were no socks on his feet, so I asked him why he wasn’t wearing any.
He shrugged and said, “I don’t have any socks.” I prodded a little more, “You don’t have ANY socks at all?” He shrugged again, “I only get socks when I stay the night at my grandma’s house.”
In the back of my mind I remembered that we had a few packs of boy’s socks, of all things, that were donated to us during the summer time, just sitting in my office.
I asked him, “Would you like me to give you some socks?”
I did not know that a child could get so excited about something as simple and basic as socks. After helping him put a pair on and re tie his shoes, he looked up hopeful and asked, “Do I get to keep the whole package?”
“Yes.” I replied and sent him back to his classroom, hugging his new socks to his chest.
As an after school program director, it is easy to forget the “big picture” when working with the youth we serve. This child reminded me of the truly important things, such as filling a basic need that a child has. The Salvation Army has been meeting needs for a very long time, and I am grateful we haven’t forgotten the small things. We haven’t forgotten the socks.
To learn more about the ways that you can donate to The Salvation Army – whether monetarily or through goods such as clothing, furniture and household items – please visit our website at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.
In keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers provide facilities, programs and services that encourage positive life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors. Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army Kroc Centers.