Friday, February 10, 2012
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.
Monday, February 6, 2012
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.
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…
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!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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.
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.
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
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!!
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!
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:
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
Torch carried by Ann Curry at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, 2002
Two pairs of heels
Pink mariachi hat
Autographed Bobble Head of ‘Al’
Special Edition Elvis Mr. Potato Head – original package
Matchbox collector’s car – 50th Anniversary of Today and Matchbox.
Olympic vest – Vancouver, 2010
Autographed tennis racket
Natalie’s golf shoes (by Foot Joy)
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!
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
Autographed Ibanez Bass Guitar (Lester is a great bass player; this is a practice guitar he keeps in the office -like new!
Beth Rowley coat – size 2
Coach leather bag
Bonus items: two necklaces and earrings
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