Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! As we recognize those who gave their lives in service to our nation, do you plan to participate in any events taking place around your community? The Salvation Army will be out and about, so make plans to join us!

Here are just a few of the many ways The Salvation Army will be serving others and recognizing Memorial Day:

San Francisco Bay Area, California – Since 1924, The Salvation Army has held an annual Memorial Day service at Cypress Lawn to honor our fallen soldiers. They will continue the tradition this Sunday, when they’ll remember service members with song, prayer, scripture, and an inspirational message. Click here for more info on this and other area events.

Nashville, Tennessee – Member s of the community are invited to honor veterans and their families at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day, where food and beverages will be served throughout the day. Visitors are welcome to share their war and Salvation Army service stories.

Davenport, Iowa – The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will take members of its recovery program for a fun day at the county park, where they’ll be able to relax with their families and grill out. Plus, members of the Salvation Army’s Des Moines ARC will also join and challenge Davenport in a friendly game of softball.

Kodiak, Alaska – During the annual Kodiak Crab Festival, The Salvation Army will team up with the local fire department to serve delicious homemade doughnuts to festival attendees. They estimate that they’ll make and serve about 1,500 doughnuts!

Seattle, Washington – On Saturday and Sunday The Salvation Army will sponsor a community volunteer event at the State Convention Center to pack a million meals for Haiti earthquake survivors. Just a few hours of your time can make a huge difference for those in need. Follow the link to volunteer: http://salvationarmynw.org/haiti/ .

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Update: Nashville Flood Relief Efforts

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Nashville Salvation Army is beginning the second week of its short term recovery phase in response to the historic floods that enveloped inundated Nashville and other parts of Tennessee.

For the most up to date and detailed information, follow The Nashville Salvation Army’s updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army – Nashville), or on their blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com.

Here are a Few Brief Updates on the Recovery Efforts:

Thankful: Four truckloads of supplies, generously donated by Knoxville’s WBIR TV, Food City and FedEx arrived yesterday, as well as 17 volunteers to unload and distribute them throughout the community. An NBC Telethon featuring country music legends also raised $1.7 million for flood relief, the proceeds of which will benefit The Salvation Army and other organizations’ efforts in helping Nashville to recover.

Food and Drinks: Mobile kitchens (canteens) are providing food and water in several of the hardest hit areas. Through Sunday evening May 9th, Salvation Army crews had served almost 9,000 meals and more than 12,000 beverages, as well as provided spiritual and emotional care to about 600 individuals.

Emergency Assistance: Anyone who needs emergency assistance can pick up at designated Salvation Army centers food boxes and comfort kits that include toiletry, hygienic, and cleaning items.

Recovery Action Plan: As The Salvation Army moves into the short term recovery phase, additional clothing will be provided, assistance with rent and utilities, and help with household items and small appliance purchases.

Ways to Help: Monetary donations are the best way to help. Gifts may be made online at www.SalArmy-Nasvhille.org or checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207. You may also make a text donation by texting the word “FLOOD” to 90999 and a $10.00 donation will be made to the local Salvation Army.

The Nashville Salvation Army is also accepting cases of bottled water, NEW socks, underwear, t-shirts, hygiene kits for men or women, and supplies for clean-up kits which include: mop, broom, work gloves, mask, sponge, squeegee, scrub brush, rubber gloves, bleach, all-purpose cleaner, trash bags and paper towels. Please DO NOT drop off used clothing items at this time.

Visit The Nashville Salvation Army’s website at www.Salarmy-Nashville.org for more information about benefit events, drop off locations, and more.

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Honor Society In Nashville, “Doing the Most Good” as National Tour Wraps Up

Friday, May 7, 2010

Honor Society, the popular new band that we’ve partnered with the last few months, is wrapping up their national Here Comes Trouble tour with a show tonight in Nashville and a concert tomorrow in Atlanta tomorrow, May 8.

***If you’re in the Nashville area and able to make it out to the concert at Rocketown tonight, please bring nonperishable food items! Alex, Andrew, Michael, and Jason are holding a food drive to benefit the local Salvation Army food pantry, and you can help them in “doing the most good!” ***

Honor Society has done an INCREDIBLE job of supporting Salvation Army programs across the country. They no doubt have a lot of things they are doing as they enjoy their national tour, but we very much appreciate that they’re also making it a priority to give back to communities along the way and encouraging their fans to do the same!

Check out the most recent clips the band recorded of their time in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; and Cleveland, Ohio.

Allentown, PA (April 29): Honor Society served dinner to excited kids at the Community Center, and in a slight role reversal, the band was the audience to some children eager to show off their talents!

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Washington, DC (April 26): The guys visited the Washington, DC Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center and had a soulful jam session with the choir.
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Cleveland, Ohio (April 21): Andrew, Alex, Michael, and Jason surprised the local Salvation Army Harbor Light Center’s homeless families by serving them dinner.

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Flood Survivors Give Praise In the Midst of Troubles

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.

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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.

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Salvation Army Striking Back at Tennessee Floods

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Through relief, support, and hope, The Salvation Army is working to restore some of the massive damage wreaked by historic flash floods in central and western Tennessee.

The Nashville Salvation Army has been persistently posting updates on their social networking sites including their blog (salarmynashville.wordpress.com), Facebook page and Twitter (@SalArmy). Be sure to visit these sites to read firsthand information and learn about how you can provide needed assistance.

We are thankful to the many volunteers have rallied along side The Salvation Army to help prepare meals, distribute food at mass feedings, and collect in-kind donations.

Our crews from the surrounding areas of Knoxville and Winchester, TN and Bowling Green and Madisonville, KY have also joined in the relief efforts. Mobile feeding units (canteens) are set up in multiple locations around Nashville offering food and water to those in the hardest hit areas. As of Tuesday evening, more than 2,300 meals had been served.

Thank you as well to the rescue crews who brought 80 of our Adult Rehabilitation Center clients to safety after the floods overtook our building! We greatly appreciate your help which enables us to help others!

To find out how you can help, whether through monetary or in-kind donations, visit The Salvation Army Nashville’s website at www.SalArmy-Nashville.org.

Through relief, support, and hope, The Salvation Army is working to restore some of the massive damage wreaked by historic flash floods in central and western Tennessee.

The Nashville Salvation Army has been persistently posting updates on their social networking sites. For firsthand information and ways to help, visit their social networking sites:

* Blog – salarmynashville.wordpress.com
* Facebook page – Salvation Army – Nashville
* Twitter – @SalArmy

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Photo: The Nashville Salvation Army

We are thankful to the many volunteers have rallied along side The Salvation Army to help prepare meals, distribute food at mass feedings, and collect in-kind donations.

Our crews from the surrounding areas of Knoxville and Winchester, TN and Bowling Green and Madisonville, KY have also joined in the relief efforts. Mobile feeding units (canteens) are set up in multiple locations around Nashville offering food and water to those in the hardest hit areas. As of Tuesday evening, more than 2,300 meals had been served.

To find out how you can help, whether through monetary or in-kind donations, visit The Salvation Army Nashville’s website at www.SalArmy-Nashville.org.

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