Friday, October 21, 2011
A Time for Every Purpose- this is the theme of The Salvation Army’s 2011 Online Annual Report, now available at http://annualreport.salvationarmyusa.org/.
This verse from Ecclesiastes rings true when we reflect back on the challenges and blessings of this last year. We’re reminded – as both an organization and as individuals – of our God-given purpose to serve others during this temporal life.
We’re proud to report that, guided by God’s love and your compassion and support, The Salvation Army served 30 million Americans in 2010!
Our time to fight is always the present. The recession has created a higher demand for food services and a decline in charitable donations. Food shortages were the result, but we were still able to serve 64 million meals in 2010.
Here are some additional numbers:
5: The number of completed and opened Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in 2010 – there are now 17 completed centers throughout the country!
7,675: The number of operating Salvation Army units nationwide.
$1.82 billion: Total public support – an increase from $1.66 billion in 2009.
$3.24 billion: The amount we spent serving people – an increase from $3.12 billion in 2009
82 cents: …of every spent dollar went towards Salvation Army program services.
In addition, the report includes examples of The Salvation Army’s expanded efforts in the fight against human trafficking.
We couldn’t do any of this without your support and generosity. Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission of “Doing the Most Good”.
“Through every time and for every purpose to which God has called us, The Salvation Army presses on, joyfully and with determination”
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Stay tuned for the Online Video!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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!
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
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.
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…