Thursday, March 29, 2012
Remember Christine Burton, the thrify fashionista regularly featured on the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog?
She’s back for the first time in 2012 with another great piece she found at her Salvation Army Family Store! And this time, she proves that you might find something at The Salvation Army not found at regular ol’ department stores.
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
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, September 7, 2011
Haband Apparel & Footwear needs your affection to donate to The Salvation Army. For every 1000 new ‘Likes’ on Facebook, Habard has offered to donate $1,000 worth of clothing to The Salvation Army!
Click Here to ‘Like’ Habard on Facebook. From now until September 12, every new fan will count towards a donation.
Donating to a Salvation Army Thrift Store benefits our Adult Rehabilitation Centers nationwide. Each center provides the spiritual, social and emotional assistance for adults who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Click Here to hear personal testimonies from those whose lives have been forever changed thanks to your donation.
You can learn more about Haband by visiting their website at www.haband.com.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The lovely Christine Burton is back and we’re ready to salute her as she takes on the military cat walk in this crisp vest designed with a feminine touch.
The smooth cut of the lines and stiff high collar showcase her sleek figure, adding length to her torso. The accents of beads, ruffles, and designs add feminine elegance to an otherwise serious style. This piece could be worn for any occasion!
Christine bought this brand new vest for $4.99 (with the original tags!) at her local Salvation Army and she can put a little more strut in her step knowing that her purchase helped Adult Rehabilitation Centers. It’s a win win situation! Get your cat walk style by visiting your local Salvation Army Thrift Store today!
And that, fellow thrifty shoppers, is the Vest of the Story.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Well-known luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises donated a whopping 900 items to The Salvation Army of New Jersey this summer! Donated items included furniture and television sets that remained after the renovation of two cruise ships.
A cornerstone of Crystal Cruises’ culture is its genuine hospitality and service that has been internationally celebrated for two decades. This spirit of generosity extends to its respectful treatment of the environment, oceans and communities in which it travels.
And thankfully, that spirit of generosity has flowed directly to The Salvation Army!
The donation was split among several Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores in the Newark, NJ area where the items were quickly sold. While some items were given directly to families in need, others were sold at reasonable prices to those who can’t afford retail. All donations given to The Salvation Army Thrift Stores support our Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for those who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. There are over 100 centers across the country, each offering housing, work, and therapy in a clean, wholesome environment. Program participants receive spiritual and physical care, preparing them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume normal life.
The Salvation Army is so thankful for the generosity of our donors from all over the world!
For more information on The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, please visit www.satruck.org. Check out our donation value guide to find out what your donation is worth!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The Salvation Army of Carlisle, PA received a fabulous makeover thanks to one hard-working high school Senior. After months of planning, organizing and 300 hours of physical labor, Christopher Kaufman reflects on the Eagle Scout project that took him over two years to accomplish.
“It definitely took up some of my free time this summer, but it was worth it.”
From conception to completion, Chris planned every detail of the renovation which included raising the funds, doubling the size of the display area, adding closet style areas, bins and shelving, installing counters, repainting, and waxing the floors.
And the employees are grateful too! “It’s wonderful. The goal was to give people the feeling of being in a boutique and Chris has more than accomplished that”, said Maureen Mahr, Business Administrator for the Salvation Army.
Many people think the thrift stores are simply tangible donations but there’s more to the story. If you’d like to learn more about how the Salvation Army thrift stores benefit Adult Rehabilitation Centers, visit www.satruck.org.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Christine’s Closet, Part 7: Say ‘Yes’ to this Black Dress
Our style expert Christine Burton is showing offer her latest look that is guaranteed to make heads turn.
She found this amazing black dress at a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, so not only is she ready for a night out on the town with this outfit, she can afford to have a little extra fun with the money she saved by shopping second hand.
Click here to see more photos of this gorgeous get-up at our Western Territory’s Expect Change blog and be inspired to be a savvy Salvation Army Thrift Store shopper like Christine.
Plus, the best part is every item you donate to or buy from our stores, you helps us provide life-saving, no cost drug and alcohol rehabilitation in your community. Learn more here.