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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Update: The Bids are rising!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The competition is heated as folks bid on donated items from “Today” Show anchors and staff. Starting at $0 this morning at 8:00 a.m., bids have exceeded expectations!

Here are the current bids for the auction items:

Matt Lauer: $425

Ann Curry: $2,225

Al Roker: $511

Natalie Morales: 90.99

Savannah Guthrie: $142.50

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb: $290

Kathie Lee Gifford: $200

Hoda Kotb: $102.50

Lester Holt: $430

Amy Robach: $157.50

Jenna Wolfe: $228.50

There’s still time for you to take part in the auction. Click on a name above or visit www.Ebay.com/SalvationArmyUSA to place your bid on a celebrity package – each containing very unique items! All proceeds will be donated directly to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers – we think that’s a pretty good trade!

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Get Ready to Bid! Today Show Auction Benefiting Salvation Army Begins Wednesday

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ever dreamed of owning something that belonged to a celebrity? How about tennis rackets, cowboy hats, and shoes of the stars? Your time has come! NBC’s Today Show has partnered with The Salvation Army and Ebay to host an online auction called “Today’s” Tag Sale.

All items up for bid belong to NBC anchors and staff and all proceeds will go directly to The Salvation Army. So not only could you own that autographed bobble head of Al Roker that you’ve been searching for, but the money you spend will be donated directly. Within an on-going recession, tag sales and yard sales are increasingly popular – and people are starting to realize that they can find some real steals.

Get your Pocket Books Ready – The sale starts Wednesday, October 5 at 8 a.m. ET.!

If you’d like to bid on the items below, please visit www.ebay.com/TheSalvationArmyUSA. You can also click on the familiar names below!

Here’s a rundown on the items up for bid:

Matt Lauer:

Beaded face of Matt Lauer – done by a local artist on Matt’s ‘Where in the World’ trip to Capetown, South Africa
Two Matt Lauer ties – one purple, one blue
Boomerang from a ‘Where In the World’ Trip
Ann Curry

Torch carried by Ann Curry at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, 2002
Two pairs of heels
Pink mariachi hat
Al Roker

Autographed Bobble Head of ‘Al’
Special Edition Elvis Mr. Potato Head – original package
Matchbox collector’s car – 50th Anniversary of Today and Matchbox.
Natalie Morales

Olympic vest – Vancouver, 2010
Autographed tennis racket
Natalie’s golf shoes (by Foot Joy)
Savannah Guthrie

Cuba leather handbag
Salano hair dryer – for that ‘Anchor Hair’ look; this dryer has travelled all around the world with Savannah
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

Autographed bowling pins featured in a bowling shoot.
Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee’s Dresses – five of them!
Necklace
Hoda Kotb

Autographed cowboy hat (from shoot with Kathie Lee in San Antonio Texas . Hoda: “We drank a lot of margaritas in this hat. It’s a party hat…you have to have a huge head to wear this hat.”
Hoda Cabbage Patch Kid – in Hoda’s ‘likeness’
Large wine goblet with ‘Hoda’ on it
Bonus: signed book about New Orleans
Lester Holt

Autographed Ibanez Bass Guitar (Lester is a great bass player; this is a practice guitar he keeps in the office -like new!
Amy Robach

Beth Rowley coat – size 2
Coach leather bag
Bonus items: two necklaces and earrings
Jenna Wolfe

Leather racing suit, including jacket, pants and size 7 boots (Jenna
rode and raced in this suit along the Pacific Coast Highway
Bonus item: Yellow Softball when Jenna played with the
US Olympics Women’s Team (Vancouver); autographed by Jenna

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Furniture for Flood Victims

Friday, September 30, 2011

Flood survivors in the Northeast are still struggling to get their lives back on track after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee passed through the region. But thanks to one…

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Flood Relief Work Continues in Tioga County, New York

Friday, September 23, 2011

The relief work continues in upstate New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers from in and within surrounding areas, Tioga County, one of the hardest-hit areas in the region, is progressing towards recovery.

The Salvation Army of Owego recently partnered with Tioga Opportunities, Inc.- a nonprofit human service agency- to provide disaster relief at Countryside Community Center. Along with assisting victims with clean-up, hot meals are being served daily from 11:30 – 5:00. The shelter is located at 9 Sheldon Blvd., Owego, NY.

The Salvation Army has deployed 1/3 of its officer personnel from The Empire State Division to affected sites. 11 mobile service and feeding units are still in service and have provided more than 15,000 meals and 30,000 bottles of water thus far. 2,800 cleanup kits have been distributed to victims.

If you’d like to help us in our recovery efforts, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also donate using your mobile phone by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a quick $10 donation*.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

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Looking Beyond the Numbers

Monday, September 19, 2011

We blogged last week about the increased number of Americans living in poverty which has reached a record 46.2 million people – or one in six Americans. According to the same reporting agency, the top five poorest states are Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Louisiana. Failed government policies from years past and a continued decline in GDP have taken a drastic toll on the jobs market and the American way of life. The poverty rate is the “highest of any major industrialized nation”.

This past week, reporters from The Associated Press scavenged the poorest areas of the country in search for a few of the stories behind this record-breaking number. The accounts include very real depictions of the prevalent poverty struggle in America. Most frustratingly, those without jobs often live in the communities with the fewest resources for finding another. Adding to this vicious cycle are the struggles of feeding a growing family or caring for ill loved ones who are unable to contribute. Families find themselves destitute once government assistance ends or help from the community isn’t an option anymore.

Read the stories here.

Among the accounts is that of Monique Brown, a single mom with four children who, up until two weeks ago, was homeless. When the recession hit in 2008, Monique lost both of her jobs in Florida and decided to move her family to Alabama in order to live near her brother. The Salvation Army of Birmingham provided shelter to Monique and her family for several weeks, eventually helping her find a public housing unit. They paid for her furniture, appliances and rent deposits. She now has a home where she can adequately care for her two-year-old son and continue her search for work. With help from The Salvation Army and other donations, her children have beds again.

The Salvation Army provides housing and homeless services nationwide. Along with providing food and lodging for the homeless, The Salvation Army addresses the health and educational needs of residents and seeks to address the issues causing the need. For more information on The Salvation Army Housing and Homeless Services, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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Update: Salvation Army Disaster Relief

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency relief services to those struggling with the double blow of Tropical Storm Lee and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Some areas along the Northeast coast were hit with both storms. Continued flooding and a serious lack of resources have made living conditions extremely difficult for those in the impacted areas.

Within the last two weeks, The Salvation Army has served more than 515,000 meals, snacks and drinks to victims and emergency responders along the East Coast, using 76 emergency response vehicles.

“Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene did a one – two punch, severely increasing the need in flood impacted northeastern states. Nevertheless, The Salvation Army is there, serving and providing relief services to all community members in need”, said Major George Hood Community Relations & Development Secretary.

Here are the most recent updates:

In Pennsylvania:

The Salvation Army is feeding at ten Red Cross shelters and has deployed six canteens to assist.

In Vermont:

The Salvation Army is providing meals in the areas of Rutland and Waterbury.

In New York:

The Salvation Army is still feeding evacuees and emergency responders from mobile canteens in various New York towns such as Schenectady, Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Binghamton, Nichols and Sydney.

Salvation Army personnel are stationed at three Disaster Assistance Centers in Delaware, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. Centers are in operation from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In Amsterdam, a feeding support is set up at the Montgomery County shelter. In Schenectady, a shelter is provided at the Schenectady High School.

In Massachusetts:

The Salvation Army deployed emergency relief teams to the areas of New Bedford, Attleboro and Metro Boston to provide food, drinks and clean-up kits.

The best way that you can help us provide is to donate monetarily. Donations can be made online by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

You can also text the word ‘STORM’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your cell phone.

Checks should be designated “2011 Hurricane Season” and can be sent to:

Disaster Gift Processing Center

PO B ox 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301

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Salvation Army Opens Shelter for Flash Flood Victims

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tropical Storm Lee has dropped torrential rains on the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi.

The storm made landfall in New Orleans earlier today causing devastating flash flooding. Currently, New Orleans is under flash flood warnings.

The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping those in the states affected by this storm. In Jackson, Mississippi, forty residents have been evacuated by boat to The Salvation Army’s shelter in Pascagoula.

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of all warnings. With significant rainfall still in the forecast residents are reminded to stay away from moving waters.

Want to help our efforts providing for those in Lee’s path? Check out our website for ways to donate monetarily.

Check back for updates. You can also see our updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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Christine’s Closet, Part 8: The Vest of the Story

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The lovely Christine Burton is back and we’re ready to salute her as she takes on the military cat walk in this crisp vest designed with a feminine touch.
The smooth cut of the lines and stiff high collar showcase her sleek figure, adding length to her torso. The accents of beads, ruffles, and designs add feminine elegance to an otherwise serious style. This piece could be worn for any occasion!
Christine bought this brand new vest for $4.99 (with the original tags!) at her local Salvation Army and she can put a little more strut in her step knowing that her purchase helped Adult Rehabilitation Centers. It’s a win win situation! Get your cat walk style by visiting your local Salvation Army Thrift Store today!
And that, fellow thrifty shoppers, is the Vest of the Story.

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