Salvation Army Soldier Wins Miss Congeniality!

Monday, March 26, 2012
Mrs. Oregon 2012 presents Lauralee Balash with the Miss Congeniality award!

The following was contributed by guest blogger Teresa Engel, Director of Communications and Marketing at The Salvation Army Portland Metro – Cascade Divisional Headquarters.

Several thrift store outfits made a flashy comeback on Saturday, March 10th when Mrs. Lauralee Balash, Mrs. Portland 2012, who is a soldier and a volunteer leader at The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle, competed for the title wearing outfits she found at her local Salvation Army Family Store.

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Welcome New Members!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
From left to right: Commisioner Nancy Roberts, new NAB members Eric Holm, Michael Flaherty, Pamela Abdalla, Joel Manby, NAB Chairperson Charlotte Jones Anderson, Michael Ducker, and Commissioner William Roberts.

The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board (NAB) is growing! As of January 1, nine new members were joyfully welcomed into an already dynamic group of civic, philanthropic and business leaders. Each new member offers a diverse range of business skills and experience.

“We are thrilled to be growing the size and scope of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board,” said National Board Chair and President of Charities for the Dallas Cowboys, Mrs. Charlotte Jones Anderson. “The Board has now grown to 44 members and the combined wealth of experience, talent and dedication of these new leaders will bring a wonderful set of fresh ideas to our goal of helping others.”

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Thank You, Stearns & Foster!

Friday, February 10, 2012
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Sleep and shelter: two of our most basic needs.

Thanks to Stearns & Foster’s hugely successful “Gift of Sleep” holiday program, residents at our shelters will receive both… along with a very comfortable bed!

The company, which is owned by Sealy, is donating $1 million worth of new mattresses to The Salvation Army.

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Surrendering to Peace

Monday, February 6, 2012
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Offering peace, recovery and counseling, The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) are home to men and women of various backgrounds who have simply lost their way in life. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Bogdan*, a native of Bulgaria and an ARC resident at The Salvation Army of Chicago, Illinois with an amazing life story.

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Honor Society Shows Love by Doing the Most Good

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

By now you’ve probably heard us say a thing or two about hit band Honor Society. First and foremost, it’s important to note that the guys behind the…

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The Dancing Bell Ringers

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

In recent years, Salvation Army bell ringers have attempted to bring a little pizzazz into their kettle duties in order to spur interest and donations. You might remember the tiny bell ringing horse from last year or Elvis himself manning a red kettle!

This year’s creative bell ringing award goes to…Bell Ringers David Kelly and Christopher Hinzman, Cadets in The Salvation Army School for Officer Training!

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Homeless in Hawaii: Four Kids Reunited with Dad

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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If you’ve ever wondered how your donations to The Salvation Army are used, this story provides the mother of all answers.

Thanks to Salvation Army supporters like you, Jake Snyder has been reunited with his four children after the kids were homeless in Hawaii (see photos). The kids – Zebulon (“Z”), 16; Emily, 15; Jake Jr., 14; and Joey, 11 – were abandoned by their mother. They spent months living in a tent city with other homeless children.

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The Dallas Cowboys’ Holiday Wish

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Even the Dallas Cowboys have a Christmas wish this year! The NFL team is asking friends and supporters of the team to help them raise $50,000 in support of The Salvation Army “Doing the Most Good” for the most in need.

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Salvation Army Rebuilds Schools in Haiti

Friday, October 28, 2011

The U.S. has been relatively blessed in 2011 as far as natural disasters go. Outside of the damage left by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the stormy season has been fairly quiet. We thank God for His blessings on our country.

It’s easy to get stuck in the bubbles of our personal lives. In the midst of fall activities, work and family, I often forget about our friends in Haiti who are still suffering in the aftermath of 2009’s earthquake. But while they continue to pick up the pieces, progress is being made. We are pleased to share an encouraging update of Haiti’s redevelopment from The Salvation Army Southern Territory.

Thanks to The Salvation Army’s Haiti Recovery and Development (HRD) team, Salvation Army school buildings in Port-au-Prince were repaired so that nearly 700 students could begin the school year on time.

The HRD school renovation and construction team worked hard throughout the summer months, battling harsh weather conditions such as heavy rains and flooding to ensure the classes could begin.

Project Manager David White and Assistant Project Manager Raymond Cédoine were the leads on this project. Along with managing the actual construction process, they trained teams of workers to be able to maintain the buildings long after the rebuilding process.

It is The Salvation Army’s hope that by the end of 2014, all 20 schools affected by the earthquake will have been repaired and reconstructed. Read the full story here from The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory’s $10 for Haiti Website.

As we reflect on our personal blessings this holiday season, let us not forget the suffering and those who sacrifice to “Do the Most Good” for those in need.

New roofing and walls. Photo Courtesy of www.tenforhaiti.org.

Supervisors David White and Raymond Cédoine. Photo Courtesy of www.tenforhaiti.org

David trains construction teams. Photo courtesy of www.tenforhaiti.org
If you would like to donate to The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief, please visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Click Here to read about The Salvation Army of Haiti.

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

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Busy Saturday? Let’s Make a Difference!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Are you free on Saturday? Let’s roll up our sleeves!

October 22 is “Make a Difference Day”, the nation’s largest day of volunteering. For over 20 years, USA Weekend Magazine and HandsOn Network have rallied millions on this day of action to volunteer in their communities. Whether large or small, the goal of the event is to encourage people, organizations and businesses to take part in community projects that improve the lives of others.

You can search for pre-planned projects in your area by clicking here.

Feeling entrepreneurial? You can start your own project too!

Take a look around – what needs to be done in your community? Perhaps you could make a point to clean up litter that you see throughout your day. Who cleans your church on a regular basis? I know I take those people for granted. Your efforts can be as simple as offering to rake leaves for your elderly neighbors. Just asking is the best way to get started!

Get inspired and learn about ways others are volunteering on Saturday by visiting the official “Make a Difference Day” Facebook page.

And if you’re still short on ideas, consider reaching out to your local Salvation Army. With the holiday season approaching, there is most likely a need for volunteers in Salvation Army feeding kitchens or Red Kettle bell ringing program.

No matter how you decide to make a difference this Saturday, you’re still helping The Salvation Army fulfill its mission of “Doing the Most Good”.

Thank You for your good works!!

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