International Track Star Surprises Campers

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

International track star Lolo Jones paid a surprise visit to The Salvation Army’s Citadel Community Center (Corps) and Summer Day Camp in Des Moines, Iowa yesterday. Jones and an NBC television crew visited the center to help tell the story of how her family lived at The Salvation Army center during a time of homelessness when she was a child. Lolo was active in the Corps’ children’s ministries during her childhood.

After playing an intense game of dodgeball with the day camp children, Lolo encouraged them to reach for their goals.

The NBC crew captured video of Lolo Jones and the day campers in preparation for coverage of Lolo prior to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The footage is expected to be broadcast in August 2012. The film crew director said some of the video may be shown on NBC’s Today Show sooner.

Jones, an Olympic hurdler from Des Moines, is a two-time world indoor champion. She won her second outdoor national title in the 100-meter hurdles at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines on June 26 with a time of 12.69 seconds.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s work in Des Moines, visit their website at

Information provided by The Salvation Army’s Western Division.

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“LemonAid” for Homeless Children

Monday, May 24, 2010

There is something cheerful and nostalgic about seeing roadside lemonade stands run by eager, entrepreneurial children. Nothing beats following the crayon-etched signs and dropping a few quarters into a tackle box-turned-cash register, then being greeted by a kid beaming with accomplishment as they hold up a refreshing homemade beverage in return.

That’s why we’re excited about a creative benefit called “LemonAiD Days” to support homeless children and their parents, an effort organized by The Salvation Army in Central Kentucky. Beginning June 1st, individuals and groups in this area can register their lemonade stand online or at their local Salvation Army. Participants will receive a LemonAiD kit in the mail that includes official badges, posters, and return envelopes for proceeds.

This fundraiser is a great way for kids to practice creativity, learn about economics, and be empowered to make a difference in their community. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army’s Comprehensive Emergency Shelter for families in Central Kentucky, with funds supporting the operational expenses associated with housing homeless children, such as providing food, lodging, diapers, clothing, and child-care.

For more information or to register online, visit To learn more about The Salvation Army in Central Kentucky, visit

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Spotlight: Lisa Thompson, The Salvation Army National Headquarters

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lisa Thompson is the National Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking at National Headquarters. Recently Lisa and her work with the Army to end sex trafficking was…

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Ladies’ Night with The Salvation Army

Monday, September 14, 2009

Being able to serve others efficiently means knowing the unique needs of your audience. While The Salvation Army prides itself on its ability to help meet the basic…

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Not always reacting

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

So much of what The Salvation Army is known for is its timely and dedicated disaster response initiatives.  From mud slides and tsunamis to earthquakes and tornadoes, the…

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Waiting to Exhale

Monday, August 31, 2009

The New Jersey Newsroom is running a four-part series on the New Jersey Salvation Army. The third installment talks about Camp Tecumseh, a sprawling, 400-acre facility in Hunterdon…

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A Hand Up, Not a Handout

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Bremerton Salvation Army in Washington state brought together the area’s homeless with elected officials for its “Lunch with Electeds.” The Kitsap Sun writes that, over a lunch…

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The Salvation Army Helps Those in Africa, one step at a time

Monday, August 17, 2009

Major Froderberg from The Salvation Army’s Headqurters in San Francisco recounts her recent trip to Africa as part of her World Services Mission work. Pennies, dimes, quarters… odd…

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