“Doing the Most Good” Because of Your Support!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” Psalm 140:12

As Americans we’re somewhat conditioned to believe there is always “someone else” taking the financial lead on helping the poor. But in the current economic crisis, that “someone” is a shrinking number.

As you might imagine, charitable organizations are majorly struggling to stay afloat in the current economic climate. The ingredients for wealth – a free market and a stable economy – are the same ingredients that encourage charitable giving. Dwindling bank accounts and lost job security means charitable organizations suffer. And rightfully so: one must take care of their own family before that of others.

But the recession also means there’s a larger demand for need. In fact, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army has seen a 30% increase in requests for financial assistance. Whereas in a healthy economy, charities are normally readily available to help, this overwhelming increase means resources are drying up faster. It seems there is a new story every day about the empty shelves at Salvation Army food banks across the country.

But with your support, The Salvation Army can fill the need. With a presence of over 7,000 locations nationwide, we are ready to provide for those who need housing, clothes, furniture, financial assistance, rehabilitation, spiritual counseling, or toys at Christmas – to name a few.

But we can’t do any of this without your support.

While times are tough and pocketbooks are tight, your love can still be shown in a number of ways. Your monetary donations, whether large or small, make possible our many programs and help thousands in financial despair. Your old coats can keep members of your community warm during the winter months. Your donated goods could change a life at our Adult Rehabilitation Centers. Every bit of your support is immensely appreciated by all and enables your local Salvation Army to fill an ever-increasing need in your community.

You can visit our website to learn more about ways to give. To find out ways that you can help your local Salvation Army fill that need, click here and type in your zip code in the upper-right corner.

Thank You for Your Support of The Salvation Army!

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18

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Youth Driven to “Do the Most Good”

Monday, October 17, 2011

What an inspiring gal!

Katie Wilkinson, a high school junior in Tempe, AZ started a “Red Kettle Club” at her school, a student group that will support the community year-round by means of The Salvation Army.

Through social media outlets, a PowerPoint presentation, and persuasion, Katie attracted more than two dozen students to the first meeting to tell fellow students about her idea. Club members will coordinate fundraising events in Tempe to support Salvation Army Programs that Help – an initiative that encourages donors to help community members in need.

She’s already planned the first event- an all-day bell ringing affair outside of Kroger’s on December 3 to benefit the homeless.

Inspired by her parents’ volunteer efforts her entire life, Katie is “Doing the Most Good” in their footsteps. We’re amazed at her love and dedication!

Check out the original article here.

Want to “Do the Most Good” in your community? Visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org and type in your zip code in the upper right corner to contact your local Salvation Army.

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One Person’s Treasure is Another Person’s…

Friday, October 14, 2011

“These rubies are from Burma – they were brought to the U.S. before the ‘Burma Trade Act’ and are legal – they are very high quality and are worth a lot of money. Please use the funds obtained from them to help others in the name of Jesus Christ. Hopefully bringing others to know him. Thank you for your good Christian work. – A Friend in Christ”

Talk about a rare donation! The Salvation Army of Springfield, Missouri received the above note with two Burmese rubies from an anonymous donor last week. Burma rubies typically vary in price anywhere from $8,000 – $100,000. We are thankful for this person’s generosity!

Though unconventional, this isn’t the strangest. In fact, when Googling ‘Weirdest Charity Store Donations’ (yes, we did that), the word ‘valuable’ becomes a rather subjective term. The absolute strangest include a prosthetic leg, sacks of potatoes, a bird’s nest, a bag of human hair, and a coffin. Funniest one: A personal diary with entries – like reality TV before TV was invented!

While your local Salvation Army thrift store probably isn’t looking for any bird’s nests or potatoes, they ARE in need of your coats, as the temperature continues to drop, as well as other clothes, furniture and household goods. Please contact your local Salvation Army to hear hours and methods for how you can help those in need.

There are many ways to donate to The Salvation Army. To learn more, please visit www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Remember the Socks

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The following was contributed by Guest Blogger Brooke Newsom, Unit Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Kerrville Kroc Center.

Last week as the kids were loading off the bus to attend The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, I noticed a kindergartner running down the hall.

“Use your walking feet please.” I said as I glanced down at his shoes. I noticed there were no socks on his feet, so I asked him why he wasn’t wearing any.

He shrugged and said, “I don’t have any socks.” I prodded a little more, “You don’t have ANY socks at all?” He shrugged again, “I only get socks when I stay the night at my grandma’s house.”

In the back of my mind I remembered that we had a few packs of boy’s socks, of all things, that were donated to us during the summer time, just sitting in my office.

I asked him, “Would you like me to give you some socks?”

I did not know that a child could get so excited about something as simple and basic as socks. After helping him put a pair on and re tie his shoes, he looked up hopeful and asked, “Do I get to keep the whole package?”

“Yes.” I replied and sent him back to his classroom, hugging his new socks to his chest.

As an after school program director, it is easy to forget the “big picture” when working with the youth we serve. This child reminded me of the truly important things, such as filling a basic need that a child has. The Salvation Army has been meeting needs for a very long time, and I am grateful we haven’t forgotten the small things. We haven’t forgotten the socks.

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To learn more about the ways that you can donate to The Salvation Army – whether monetarily or through goods such as clothing, furniture and household items – please visit our website at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

In keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers provide facilities, programs and services that encourage positive life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors. Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army Kroc Centers.

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Salvation Army Raises $9,551.26 in “Today” Show Auction!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Incredible!

The Salvation Army raised $9,551.26 in the “Today” Show Tag Sale Auction this past weekend thanks to support from eager bidders, NBC’s “Today” Show and E-bay!
The highest bid was $3,000 for Ann Curry’s items: two pairs of heels, a pink mariachi hat and the torch she carried at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. The other highest bids were $1,525 for Lester Holt’s electric guitar and $1,277.77 for Matt Lauer’s ties, boomerang and artwork.

100% of the proceeds from this auction will go directly to fund The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC). Each ARC provides physical, spiritual, social and emotional assistance to adults coping with addictions. Each center offers housing, work, and counseling. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal working life. Your donation to The Salvation Army ARC can save someone’s life.

Read true stories of recovery.

Thank you for bidding and for your support of The Salvation Army!

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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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Talented AND Trendy? You’re Hired!

Monday, October 3, 2011

If interviewing for a job isn’t stressful enough by itself, there’s nothing worse than the distraction of insecurity about how you appear. I’ve been there, sitting across from three interviewers looking “sharp” until I realize half-way through the “what are your weaknesses?” question that I have a gigantic gaping hole in my pantyhose. So big that I can only assume I was inconspicuously attacked by a small cougar on my way into the meeting. The remaining half-hour was spent with me attempting to pull my skirt down far enough to cover the hole. It wasn’t doing the trick and needless to say, the interview was all downhill from there.

Confidence is definitely a necessary attribute for landing the job you want. And The Salvation Army of Massillon, OH is dishing it out with their new Working Clothing Closet program. Area residents who are eligible for participation in the program can receive three professional outfits, shoes and accessories.

After realizing the need for the program amid the recession and noticing a perfectly good, unused storage room at their new building, Salvation Army employees put their plan into action. With help from local non-profit Quota Club, the storage facility was redesigned in boutique-fashion complete with comfortable changing rooms and decor. Salvation Army employees sorted through hoards of clothes to find the business-appropriate selections that would be of interest to the female participants.

We’re always amazed at the ingenuity behind programs like this and the love that is outpoured from the community involved – evident at Salvation Army locations nationwide. What a neat way to fill the need!

There are two amazing results of your donation at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store: First, you fill a local need and make programs possible like the Working Clothing Closet mentioned above. Secondly, the profit made from re-selling your donated clothes directly funds our Adult Rehabilitation Clinics. Click Here to Learn More.

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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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Sam’s Club Donates $500,000 to The Salvation Army!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sam’s Club, a well-known retail warehouse club with locations nationwide, is a long-standing supporter of The Salvation Army and once again, they generously put forth their efforts at a local level to help us raise money.

For the last couple months, more than 150 of the participating clubs in the western division teamed up with their communities to support The Salvation Army- and they raised a whopping $488,383!

Fundraising methods varied by location but the creative juices were certainly flowing. Among the most inventive were on-site movie nights, bowling tournaments, garage sales, cookouts, dunk tanks, car shows, silent auctions, and bake sales. One location even built a jail cell that motivated managers to raise $50 to bail out their own employees!
Although the fundraising methods differed, you can be sure that every event took place on location.

After the campaign ended, Sam’s Club employees wanted to celebrate their efforts. Participants traveled from all over the western region to meet in Kansas City for a volleyball tournament. Players received coaching from special guest Misty Mae Treanor, Olympic gold medalist volleyball champ.

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