Thursday, June 23, 2011
Remember the story we posted a few months ago about a Salvation Army Thrift Store’s new organic compost initiative? (Refresh your memory here.)
The popular, budding business is helping support another green initiative in Billings, Montana. With the help of more than a dozen volunteers, The Salvation Army is transforming a neighboring vacant lot into a mini orchard. The homeless men in charge of the Army’s compost project used their homemade fertilizer in the planting of 50 apple trees, and they plan to get a total of 300 in the ground!
The trees will go to support the local community’s children who will harvest the fruit for their families to eat, as well as make and sell apple products. The profits they earn will go into a college fund. What an incredible resource for the community!
This project is part of a larger Salvation Army initiative in Billings to create gardens throughout the city over the next few years, and we’re excited to see it unfold. Read more about The Salvation Army’s community apple orchard at the Billings Gazette.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Have you started your spring cleaning yet?
If you go by Martha Stewart’s checklist, the chore may be daunting for even us die-hard dusters. But she has at least one item on there that anyone can feel good about crossing off: donate items you no longer use.
This is where The Salvation Army wants to help you get spick and span for spring. Not only will you clear out clutter in your home, your donations to our Family Thrift Stores will help support our Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) and provide a low-cost retail option for the local community.
To make it easier, we have many convenient drop off locations, and in some areas of the country we even schedule donation pick-ups at your house!
Also, don’t limit yourself to just donating clothes. Did you know The Salvation Army accepts items such as microwaves, rugs, bakeware, bicycles, and even cars? Click here to see a list of commonly donated appliances, furniture, household goods, and more.
For information about donating and finding a Salvation Army near you, visit www.satruck.org.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Christine Burton of The Salvation Army’s Western Territory is back with a new stylish outfit she put together with a little help from her local Salvation Army Family Store.
This feminine western look was made possible by a pair of brand new $5 white cowboy boots and red skirt, a la Barbara Stanwyck in television’s The Big Valley. Both items were picked up at the store in Christine’s neighborhood for a grand total of about $10!
Click here to see Christine’s latest outfit.
Click here to read about Christine’s shopping strategy and see her first look.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
One of the most well-known Salvation Army programs is our Thrift & Family Stores. You’ve probably found a new outfit on a budget there. More than likely you’ve even donated your stuff after finally giving in to that urge to clean out your closets.
But our Family Stores are about much more than just getting good deals. They’ve helped rehabilitate and restore thousands of lives – probably even that of an employee you met last time you stopped in.
An NBC news station in Tampa Bay, FL aired a great behind-the-scenes story about what our Thrift & Family Stores are really about, with testimonies from those whose lives have been changed. Check it out:
To learn more about Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) supported by our Thrift & Family Stores, visit www.satruck.org.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
By now you’ve all heard of the homeless man with the golden radio voice, Ted Williams. (To view the YouTube video that started it all, click here.) In just a few days he’s gone from panhandling to becoming an internet sensation with prestigious job offers pouring in.
Ted’s amazing turn of events, not to mention his humble and charismatic personality, has inspired an instant and growing fan base.
Interview with CBS’ The Early Show
Now Ted’s second chance at life is inspiring other gifted homeless people, including Salvation Army clients. In Minneapolis, Stu and Laporsha are both talented and educated individuals who never expected to be homeless, but they have hope that they will be able to once again get back on their feet, just like Ted.
Fox 9 spoke with them about how The Salvation Army is helping them pursue their own second chances:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Who said there’s nothing good on TV these days? A reality show is the surprising inspiration for the latest Salvation Army initiative in Miami.
In the style of NBC’s “Biggest Loser,” men from The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Miami are competing to drop some serious pounds. As the ARC program helps them control their addictions, the friendly competition helps them gain control of their overall physical health!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Today is National Thrift Store Day! What are you going to do to celebrate?
How about donating to or visiting a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store?
If you’ve been meaning to get rid of those extra clothes, books, and clutter taking up space in your house, today’s the perfect day to do it.
Or maybe you need to do some back to school shopping for your child’s clothes or dorm room essentials.
Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores provide a convenient way to recycle new or gently used items and our discounted prices are wallet-friendly, both great benefits for you and your family.
But your support of our Thrift Stores also significantly helps people in need!
Sales from our stores fund Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers where men and women can find treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, as well as learn life and employment skills that prepare them to re-enter society and the job market.
All great reasons to celebrate. Happy National Thrift Store Day!
Friday, June 25, 2010
The styles below look like they were ripped from the pages of a high-end fashion magazine…
But would you believe the models featured are all wearing clothes that were donated to The Salvation Army?
In Argentina, the local Salvation Army teamed up with ad agency JWT Argentina and five of the country’s top fashion designers to put together these stunning outfits, blowing away conventional ideas of thrift store style!
The goal of The Salvation Army Argentina’s “Sr. Amor” campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of recycling clothes through donation and resale, which benefits both people in need and the environment.
The pieces pictured above were auctioned off earlier this month with the funds raised going to support The Salvation Army.
Now don’t let Argentina have all the fun. Visit our site www.satruck.org to learn more about donating clothes and other items to The Salvation Army. Your generous gifts donated to our Family Thrift Stores willsupport the work of our Adult Rehabilitation Centers. You could look around stores to see if you find some new inspiring treasures for yourself!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
About 80 men were rescued by boat from a Nashville Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) when the recent Tennessee flood waters rose so high they reached the first floor of the Center’s ceilings. Since then the men have been staying at a Community Center, and despite the difficulties they’ve faced during the devastating storm, they broke out into spontaneous worship during dinner last night!
From watching this video you’d never guess they just lost their housing and endured such difficult events. This is an encouraging testimony to their enduring hope and what a great ministry the ARC program has been.
More than half the men have already committed to continuing their rehab program with The Salvation Army in Memphis as Nashville recovers from the massive flooding.
Thank you to Jonathan Haskill from The Salvation Army in Knoxville who shot this video! For firsthand updates of our ongoing efforts in Nashville, visit Nashville’s blog at salarmynashville.wordpress.com.