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Panera Bread Donates $25,000 to The Salvation Army and WTAE’s Project Bundle-Up

PaneraLogoPITTSBURGH, PA, Jan 23, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Panera Bread made a donation to The Salvation Army and WTAE’s Project Bundle-Up Campaign for $25,000. This donation is a result of the “Share the Warmth” coffee mug campaign and Operation Dough-Nation canister collections in 29 Pittsburgh area Panera bread cafes.

During the month of December, Pittsburgh area Panera cafes sold travel coffee mugs and offered free coffee refills through December 31, 2013. A portion of proceeds from every mug sold was donated to The Salvation Army and WTAE’s Project Bundle-Up. Since 1986, The Salvation Army and WTAE’s Project Bundle-Up has been providing new winter outerwear to local neighbors in need.

“The Salvation Army is thrilled to have partnered with Panera to ‘Share the Warmth.’ Because of the Panera Coffee Mug promotion, 335 local children and senior citizens will be warmer on these cold winter days,” said Melissa Fereday, Director of Project Bundle-Up, The Salvation Army.

Panera Bread associates had the opportunity to put the donations into action. Taking 20 area children shopping for a new coat, boots, gloves and a hat is a popular volunteer activity and was the highlight of the year for both the child and their Panera helper.

“Making a difference in the Pittsburgh community is important to Panera Bread. The work we do goes beyond the cafe. It is rewarding to have opportunities to partner with organizations that have the same goals. It is also inspiring to see everyone, including customers and employees believe in these campaigns and make them such a success,” said Sam Covelli, Owner Operator, Covelli Enterprises/Panera Bread.

Project Bundle-Up was the Operation Dough-Nation canister collection recipient in all 29 Pittsburgh area cafes throughout November and December. Panera Bread and its franchisees support charitable causes through Operation Dough-Nation to formalize Panera’s commitment to community involvement. Operation Dough-Nation has contributed both monetary and bread donations to local organizations.

About Covelli Enterprises

Covelli Enterprises operates more than 250 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Ontario, Canada. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, Covelli Enterprises is the nation’s largest franchisee of Panera, LLC. Covelli Enterprises donated over $19 million to charity in 2013 through food and monetary donations to local food banks and non-profit organizations. To learn more about Covelli Enterprises, www.paneracovelli.com .

 

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Hanes Sock Donation Warms The Hearts & Feet of Shelter Residents

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Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/hanes

Socks are easy to take for granted. If you’re like me, you have a drawer dedicated to single socks missing their pair, or loud printed pairs meant for only Christmas or Halloween.

Most people are surprised to learn that basic socks are the number one requested item at our homeless shelters. They are the most needed, but least donated article of clothing. And even though folks served by The Salvation Army may have greater needs such as shelter or food, they consistently get excited when offered a new pair of socks. Because honestly, nothing feels as good as a new pair, especially for someone used to wearing damaged, dirty or no socks at all.

This is why we’re thrilled that our generous friends at Hanes, America’s #1 sock brand, are once again warming the hearts and feet of our shelter residents by donating 225,000 pairs of socks to benefit The Salvation Army’s residential facilities. (Learn how donating this simple item can make a real difference!)

For Hanes’ continued support of Americans in need this holiday season, please help us show them some love by liking Hanes’ Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Hanes! You can also find them on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Hanes using #HanesforGood.

A huge thank you to Hanes for their incredible partnership which benefits so many in need.

 

Posted by Megan on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Walmart & Salvation Army To “Fill the Truck” with Toys for Children in Need

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Starting this Saturday, November 29, select Walmart stores across the country will kick off the second annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive, which will collect hundreds of thousands of toys for children in need in partnership with The Salvation Army.
Shoppers visiting one of the 3,500 participating stores on November 29, December 7, and December 15 will have the opportunity to drop of new, unwrapped toys at the trucks or bins to be distributed to assist parents in providing joy to their children on Christmas morning.

“Walmart has been such a big supporter of The Salvation Army and we are so appreciative of all the hard work they put into Fill the Truck,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army USA. “This year, Fill the Truck is reaching even more customers and our hope is to provide more children with a Christmas toy that they would not receive otherwise.”

In one day at last year’s inaugural event, generous shoppers donated an amazing 135,000 toys and 10,000 coats for American children in need.

For more than 40 years, Walmart has been an essential partner of The Salvation Army. In addition to these events, the Walmart Foundation – whose mission is to create opportunities so people can live better around the globe – is once again helping us combat hunger through a $1 million donation to support The Salvation Army’s feeding programs, which provide nearly 60 million meals each year to individuals in need.

This Thanksgiving and beyond, The Salvation Army give thanks for Walmart, our valued partner in Doing the Most Good.
See you Saturday!

Read the official press release at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org

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Salvation Army Assisting Mass Feeding Efforts For Displaced Residents in Galena, AK

The Salvation Army is providing mass feeding operations to the community of Galena, AK as residents struggle to rebuild from one of the worst floods in the region in over a 100 years. Spurred by a broken ice dam on May 28, Alaskans have called the Yukon River flooding their “Katrina” as 90 percent of its buildings were destroyed. Houses were toppled or otherwise uninhabitable and roads were gone, creating damage estimated to be above $10 million. Over 10 weeks after the disaster, displaced residents, who were previously housed at the boarding school’s dorms, were asked to move from one temporary shelter to another.

As winter approaches and the community struggles to rebuild from this event, The Salvation Army has joined forces with FEMA, AmeriCorps and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as part of a Unified Command Team to continue feeding operations for displaced residents at multiple sites throughout the next several weeks. Emergency Disaster Services crews and volunteers are also assisting with addressing the short- and long-term housing and clothing needs of people displaced in flooding. Feeding team members from AmeriCorps and The Salvation Army.

Currently, Salvation Army teams are camped in tents outside the BLM kitchen. Additional EDS teams are scheduled to deploy from Anchorage on August 21 and September 4.

Monetary donations are the best way to support disaster relief efforts for Galena residents. The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. Please consider donating in the following ways: Online: http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/alaska/flood-reliefBy Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

In-kind donations are not currently being accepted. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

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Raley’s Store Customers & Employees Donate $37,110.22 for Oklahoma Tornado Relief.

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Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, a Sacramento-based grocer, announced Tuesday that $74,220.44 was raised by store customers and employees thanks to the Food for Families collection boxes that were designated for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief efforts during the month of June. The donation, collected in only four weeks, has been split between The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross with each organization receiving a check for $37,110.22 to be used for Oklahoma relief efforts. Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams of The Salvation Army have been providing disaster relief to Oklahomans in need since the EF5 tornado swept through the region on May 20.

In July, The Salvation Army transitioned to long-term recovery operations for families and individuals who have been impacted by the storm, including everything from food and financial assistance to emotional care and rebuilding efforts. These efforts will continue for at least the next two years.

“This is another great example of the incredible generosity of this community,” said Major Bill Dickinson, Salvation Army Divisional Commander of the Del Oro Division. “The Salvation Army is truly grateful for efforts made by Raley’s and its customers and employees. This will go a long way to provide any assistance now and in the future for the families and individuals in Oklahoma.”

The Salvation Army gives thanks for the patrons and employees of Raley’s for making this contribution possible.

For the latest disaster services updates or ways to give, please visit: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/

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“Daddy’s Home” comic strip raises awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief

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Check out the comics section in today’s paper and you might see the latest from the acclaimed comic strip, “Daddy’s Home,” which highlights the still very present need in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The comic portrays the iconic Star Jet roller coaster sitting in the ocean in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, perhaps one of the most famous and enduring images from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating sweep along the East Coast last November.

“I want people to be aware that there’s still work to do,” said Tony Rubino, creative director of the syndicated comic alongside illustrator, Gary Markstein, who directs readers to The Salvation Army’s website (www.SalvationArmyUSA.org).

Eight months later, there is indeed a lot to be done for impacted residents. The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term assistance and disaster case management to help survivors find resources for rebuilding their damaged homes, while also providing financial assistance and referral services to residents in the hardest hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Long Island.

If you would like to make a donation or commitment to volunteer with The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyNY.org.
A huge thank you to Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein for supporting our Emergency Disaster Services!

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Disaster Relief in Moore, OK – Ways You Can Help

Tornadoes have slammed the town of Moore, Oklahoma. The need is high and unfortunately, the fatality rate is expected to rise. Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are on the ground and providing food, beverage, and spiritual support to survivors and first responders and surrounding impacted areas.

 The Salvation Army is so grateful for the enormous outpouring of support you’ve shown online and through your donations. Our Twitter and Facebook pages have been filled with your supportive comments and questions about ways to help. It is because of you that The Salvation Army is able to provide for these Oklahoma communities in need.

If you’d like to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you can donate:

  • Online, please visit: donate.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • By mobile phone: You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”
  • Send it in the mail: Checks designated to “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” may also be mailed to: The Salvation Army PO Box 12600 Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Want to donate something other than money? 

Many have asked about donating in-kind items, such as clothes, toys, or furniture. At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted for disaster relief as there are not suitable facilities to store these items, and manpower to sort and transfer them are also limited. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

Monetary gifts are flexible and portable, and they allow our disaster teams to purchase the exact supplies they need, when they need them, in the amounts they need them. This type of donation is vital in making sure we can continue our work in Moore.

How your donations make a difference:

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

Volunteer Information:

The Salvation Army recruits and deploys disaster workers through its local Salvation Army units. To register as a disaster worker:

  • Call your local Salvation Army.
  • Register online at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

If you are a new volunteer, registering today, bear in mind that The Salvation Army deploys trained disaster workers already associated with The Salvation Army first.  A standard deployment is two weeks, including twelve working days and two travel days. For more information on ways to give or the latest updates, visit The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services site at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

We thank you for your continuous prayers and support for these communities in need.