Harvesting a Future

Monday, August 8, 2011

Don’t be fooled the next time you’re driving through downtown Billings, MT- you’re still in the city! The Salvation Army of Billings has recently planted 70 organic apple trees on the lot next to their building in an effort to provide higher education to disadvantaged kids.
The agricultural program is called the “Billy Boots Fine Arts Academy”. After planting and waiting, the kids participating will either sell the fruit or make organic apple cider. The profits are then saved to help pay for college in the future. The goal is to have 1,000 trees planted by 2014.

“That’s really the goal of this, we believe education is a great way, and maybe the most important way, to get out of poverty and break the cycle”, said Major Kevin Jackson, Salvation Army Executive Director.

The Salvation Army offers many opportunities to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of low-income and disadvantaged children. You can learn more by clicking here.

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Students’ Discards Becomes Charities’ Treasures

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

It’s about that time of year when college students move out of their dorm rooms and head back home for the summer, but sometimes, all the “stuff” they’ve accumulated over the past year doesn’t take the road trip with them, whether it be for lack of want, space, or another reason.

Instead of ditching or throwing away perfectly good items, from clothes to books to appliances, students have an opportunity to give them new second-hand life with the help of The Salvation Army.

At Skidmore College in New York, the school has partnered with The Salvation Army for their annual “Give and Go” event. Student volunteers collect the usable items left behind in the dorms and donate them to the Army, where they will be sold in our Family Thrift Stores or given to other local charities who can put them to good use. Read the full story about this conservation effort at Skidmore College’s website by clicking here.

According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, several other colleges in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are participating in similar efforts, with Salvation Army trucks swinging by the campuses following the student exodus. Between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds of goods and food are salvaged at each location, diverting the items from the landfill and into the hands of people in need. Find the full article here.

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