Ruben Brown has made it all the way down to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas!
When he arrived at The Salvation Army in Arlington, he had a group of excited young fans waiting for him. Ruben also rolled west to the Mabee Center where he served lunch. At both Salvation Army programs, he didn’t waste any time getting involved and hanging out with his new friends.
Check out our photos to see all the fun!
[Ruben's Run - DFW]
Kids in the summer day camp program at The Salvation Army in Arlington, Texas welcomed Ruben with big smiles and handmade signs.
[Ruben autographs picture done by summer day camp participant]
Christian, a summer day camper, drew a picture of a motorcycle for Ruben’s arrival. Ruben gladly autographed the drawing!
[Ruben's Run - DFW]
The kids even played Ruben, a former NFL pro, in flag football!
[Ruben Brown, Cedric James, Marc Colombo]
From right, Ruben Brown serves lunch at The Salvation Army’s Mabee Center homeless shelter in Fort Worth, along with Cedric James, a former NFL pro with the New England Patriots, and Marc Colombo a current player with the Dallas Cowboys.
Ruben’s next stop is across the state in El Paso, TX where he’ll visit The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and later ride with local motorcycle groups to the Texas/New Mexico border. Keep checking our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages for updates.
You can help Ruben in his mission to raise awareness of and funds for Salvation Army programs! Just use your mobile phone to text the word “RUN” to 80888*. Ninety percent of all funds donated will go to support the work of The Salvation Army; the remainder will subsidize transportation expenses associated with the Run. Plus, donations will stay in the local community in which it was raised.
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The first official day of summer is only 1 week away, and most schools have either dismissed for the year or are getting ready to. For students, this means nearly 3 amazing months to play, explore, and just be a kid!
There’s nothing that greater epitomizes the summer experience as camp. Last year, more than 180,500 kids explored the outdoors, participated in sports, created arts & crafts, played music, learned about the Bible and more at our Salvation Army summer camps and day camps across the country.
Many camps are already in enrolling. You can register your child for a summer camp by contacting your local Salvation Army (search by zip code here) or a day camp by contacting a Kroc Center near you.
If you don’t have kids, you can help provide a camp scholarship to a child in need by donating to your local Salvation Army. In the article “Summer Camp Memories” published in the June 11 War Cry, contributor Laurie Miller fondly recounts The Salvation Army’s Camp Arnold at Timberlake in Eatonville, Washington, which she described as her “home away from home for seven summers” when she was growing up.
After explaining that many of her fellow campers came from broken homes and abusive family situations, Laurie writes:
“For years, I thought camp was just a free vacation I deserved as a child. Later, when I learned a fee was involved, I wondered how my mom could afford to send me each year. Not until I was an adult in my 20s did I realize that a woman from our church had sponsored us to go every year. I’m not sure she ever really knew how much going to Camp Arnold truly meant to me.”
As Laurie shows us, the experiences of a summer can impact the rest of a camper’s life. Whether you send your own child to camp or help to send someone else’s, consider how you can help The Salvation Army make a difference in a young person’s life this summer.
For more information about how The Salvation Army serves approximately 30 million Americans in need every year, visit our website at www.salvationarmyusa.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.