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Kroc Center a slam dunk

IMG_9710_webOn Saturday, February 23rd dancers, daredevils, and a crocodile in a helicopter kicked off the grand opening of the Memphis, Tennessee Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Kroc Center). That’s right, RJ Kroc arrived in a helicopter!

The latest of 27 Kroc Centers in the United States, the 100,000 square foot facility features NBA-quality basketball courts, soccer fields, a pool and water park, a fitness center and dance studio, art rooms, a 300 seat performing arts theater and chapel, a professional kitchen, and much, much more. Through education, recreation, artistic instruction, and spiritual direction the Memphis Kroc Center has secured its place among the brightest of lights in a diverse and vibrant cityscape.Volunteers and staff guided children and families through a state of the art recreation center while acrobatic daredevils put on a slam dunk show on the basketball courts. Medical professionals offered free health screenings outside of the center’s exercise room. Children played in the pool taking full advantage of the two-story slide, water cannons and lazy river. Musicians and dancers took center stage in the theater enthralling the audience with their creativity and technical skill. Individuals and families from all walks of life shared in the festivities. And, perhaps most importantly, strangers became friends. Thank you to all those who worked so tirelessly to bring this vision to life. Your legacy of love will comfort, educate, unify and inspire children and adults for generations.

 

www.krocmemphis.org

Salvation Army serves Carnival Triumph Passengers and Families

carnical triumphThe Carnival Triumph cruise ship and its 4,229 passeners have finally made it to port in Mobile, AL after an engine room fire caught four days ago.  Reports indicate the crew and passengers suffered through horrific conditions during what was intended to be a luxurious four day getaway.

The Salvation Army joined passengers’ friends and family at port as they waited for their loved ones.  Salvation Army staff provided food, beverages, and comfort to the crowd.

Major Mark Brown of The Salvation Army’s Coastal Alabama Area Command described the event stating “Each of these families are awaiting the assurance that their loved ones are safe and secure. We can only imagine the anxiety each must be experiencing. We pray that our presence can be a source of hope and calm amidst their concern.”

For updates on The Salvation Army’s disaster services, visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Miami Dolphins Spread Some Valentine’s Day Love At Salvation Army

miami dolphinsMembers of the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization (MDWO) visited the Miami Salvation Army on Thursday to spend time with some of the shelter’s residents.

After members of the MDWO helped put together a warm Valentine’s Day lunch, Dolphins players – including cornerbacks Richard Marshall and Kelcie McCray, tackle Nate Garner, running back Jonas Gray and wide receiver Brian Tyms – made sure that everyone had something to eat, with an assist from TD, the Dolphins mascot.

The 38th Street branch of the Miami Salvation Army, which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary serving the Miami-Dade community, houses 216 residents regularly – these are individuals and families that need a boost to get back on their feet, and The Salvation Army is there to lend a helping hand.

On Thursday afternoon, there was what Salvation Army Director of Development Judith Mori called a “full house,” a group of about 100 people, on hand to enjoy a warm meal and some Valentine’s Day fun.

“It’s very special and it’s very important for them to know that society hasn’t forgotten about them, and especially that the Dolphins are here to support,” Mori said. “Having them helps us set the mood, and also it creates the sense of community we always look for in this situation.”

Members of the Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization spent some time in the kitchen, helping put together a special Valentine’s Day lunch. When everything was hot and ready, residents lined up one by one, grabbed a tray and met with the players.

As the cafeteria filled up, Marshall, Garner, Gray and Tyms began to pass out some Valentine’s Day treats, spending one-on-one time with almost everyone.

Garner enjoyed the opportunity to put a smile on the faces of those he interacted with.

“It’s nice to spread love in the community here,” Garner said. “Just come out and try to make people safe on Valentine’s Day, make them have a good day – give them some candy and hopefully a little bit more joy in their life.”

The impact of what the Salvation Army residents receive extends beyond simply a steady meal or a place to stay; this is a safe haven where they are expected to dedicate themselves to whatever may be ailing them. Each man, woman or family is assigned a coach that makes sure they remain motivated to accomplish some sort of goal, whether that’s finishing up their education, securing a steady job or something of that nature.

For one day, the Dolphins were able to be part of this process. With their help, a normal Thursday afternoon turned into a festive one.

If it were an ordinary day, the residents may have been more reserved, less likely, perhaps, to interact with each other while they ate. But Thursday was different – laughter filled the cafeteria, bouncing from wall to wall, cameras flashed, nearly everyone had a smile on his face.

There was a tangible synergy that Mori said is key to raising spirits at the shelter.

“It creates a sense of community because they get together, they share things, they share a picture, they share a smile and they laugh together and therefore they create real friendships,” Mori said. “This is very important because this is a safe environment, so it’s good for them to be friends with people who are also going through the same situations and need to be motivated together.”

By Sean Logan
Source: http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/article-1/Dolphins-Spread-Some-Valentines-Day-Love-At-Salvation-Army/36eaeab6-889c-477e-b724-fda61abbabc0

Salvation Army Responds to 7.2 Earthquake in Guatamala

tsaquatemala-300x203The Salvation Army in Guatemala has responded to an earthquake measuring 7.2, and lasting 30 seconds that hit the coastline on Wednesday, November 7.

This affected mostly San Marcos (near the south Mexico border), Solola, Quetzaltenango and Guatemala city.

Media reports more than 2,263 homes and at least one school were badly damaged, 5,251 people are homeless, 52 people died under the rubble and authorities estimate more bodies could be recovered soon. More than 22 people are still missing and 1,2 million people were affected according to government reports. The Guatemala Government has declared a “state of Emergency” for 30 days
to facilitate response and delivery of humanitarian aid.

All Salvation Army Corps and Officers are safe and sound. After reviewing the situation, Divisional Commander Major Carlos Gonzzatti with Officers and Soldiers of the Division traveled the same day to San Marcos and into a community called San Cristobal Cochú which received damage due to the elevation. This is a 6 hour trip and they request prayer support for safety as they depart.

The Salvationists will begin providing water, canned food, snacks and dry food (rice, beans, corn) along with Spiritual and emotional care.