We are thrilled to announce that Selena Gomez will return to her hometown of Dallas, TX to kick off The Salvation Army’s 123rd annual Red Kettle Campaign with a musical performance during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day.
In its 17th year, the Red Kettle Kick Off show – hosted annually by the Dallas Cowboys – will launch yet another great season of giving. Last year, the American public donated a record $148.7 million to The Salvation Army’s red kettles, allowing the organization to serve millions of Americans with food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance and toys for children.
“Giving back is so important, and I am looking forward to kicking off the iconic Red Kettle Campaign and getting those bells ringing across the nation to help families and children in need,” said Gomez.
In further support of the campaign, the actress and multi-platinum recording artist is encouraging fans to donate to her own Online Red Kettle (www.onlineredkettle.org/selenagomez).
Fans can join Selena’s fundraising team by clicking here. Eight very lucky fundraisers will have the chance to connect with the singer through a Google hangout later in the season.
We hope you’ll tune in at 4:30 PM (ET) on November 28 for the Thanksgiving Day game (Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders!) and Red Kettle Kick-Off, airing live on FOX!
Read the official press release.
There’s no denying that Christmas is fast approaching; reindeer and pumpkins have been competing for department store shelf space since August. With unrealistic to-dos of spending, buying gifts, baking, attending parties, throwing parties, the “spirit of giving” soon becomes the “spirit of getting it over with”.
Anyone needing a reminder of what makes Christmas truly special should watch The Christmas Candle, a holiday motion picture from EchoLight Studios based on the book by international bestselling author, Max Lucado.
Premiering in theaters nationwide November 22, the film tells of how an angel, every 25 years, visits a 19th century English village called Gladbury and touches a single candle. Whoever lights that candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve.
But when David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. At the beginning of the film, David’s character is seen serving food alongside officers of The Salvation Army, a nice shout-out to the organization’s services for the downtrodden which began in London in 1865.
The Salvation Army took part in one of the red carpet premieres in Dallas, TX October 21. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/salarmydfw
When the candle eventually goes missing, the miraculous and the human collide in the most astonishing and heartwarming Christmas the village has ever seen.
The Christmas Candle inspires renewed hope in the miracle of Christmas, and reminds us of the wonder and celebration of the season that is often lost in the yearly hustle and bustle.
Check it out for yourself in select theaters November 22, and visit https://www.facebook.com/TheChristmasCandle to learn more. You can also join in the conversation with #ChristmasCandleMovie on Twitter and Facebook.
Posted by Megan on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ·
Golfers will agree that the cool, crisp and colorful months of October and November are prime months for hitting the links. So we’re thrilled that KENTWOOL, a Greenville, SC-based textile manufacturer and creator of the “World’s Best Golf Sock,” is donating $4 to The Salvation Army of Greenville for every pair of socks purchased using the code “TSA” on the company’s website (www.KENTWOOLSocks.com) throughout the end of the year.
The 170-year-old, family-owned company is passionate about supporting the local community.
Look good with KENTWOOL and the company will donate $4 of your purchase to The Salvation Army! Courtesy https://www.facebook.com/KENTWOOL (nill silver photography 2012)
“We are honored that locally-owned KENTWOOL is contributing to The Salvation Army through purchases of its fine line of socks,” says Major Kent Davis, Area Commander for The Salvation Army. “This is a great opportunity to support our work reaching out to help those less fortunate in our community.”
So for those family members you know, but you don’t really know, but you know they love golf – consider giving them the best quality golf socks on the market this Christmas. And who knows, your purchase could also provide socks – or other material, financial or physical gifts – to an individual in need through the services of The Salvation Army in Greenville, SC.
To buy a pair today, visit www.KENTWOOLSocks.com and use the code “TSA” upon check out.
The Salvation Army USA gives thanks for the company’s incredible generosity through the Greenville, SC Area Command. Read the full press release here.
Posted by Megan on Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Ritz Carlton Hotel in McLean, VA was abuzz last Friday afternoon with do-gooders and fashion lovers alike, as The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Washington, DC welcomed hundreds of area supporters to its 64th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon.
Described as “Washington’s compassionate fashion event,” proceeds from the show are supporting the construction of a new learning center at The Salvation Army’s Turning Point Center, a DC-based transitional housing program for single mothers.
Turning Point is designed to steer single mothers to independence, offering case management, counseling services, and intensive classes on budgeting, parenting, job training and housekeeping. In a testament to the need for—and success of—the program, more than three times as many mothers apply as the 26 units at Turning Point can hold. Those who graduate credit the life-skills training above all with preparing them for independent living.
“Thanks to the those sponsors and attendees from the local community, 26 young moms are getting the much needed help they deserve as they work to break the chronic cycle of homelessness and joblessness,” said Major Jacqulyn Reckline, Associate Area Commander of The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command. “The new learning center in place at Turning Point will go a long way to help them on their journey to turn their lives right side up. We are continuing to celebrate God’s blessings upon us.”
Models presented the latest fall and winter couture from exclusive designer, L.K. Bennett of London, noted designer of the coveted nude heels made famous by Kate Middleton. Check out the photos below.
Isolation can create unforeseen complications.
In a well-known biblical account, Jesus and his disciples withdrew to an isolated area, but were followed by crowds who sought healing and teaching. The disciples urged Jesus to send the people away because it was late and there was no food to be found in that remote spot for so many.
But Jesus put the responsibility to address the need for provisions directly upon his disciples, saying, “You give them something to eat.”
The disciples found only five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus blessed the food, and with this small inventory, fed a multitude of 5,000. The complication was solved by action and Gods’ blessings.
This is something The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), its partners and supporters strive to do daily – to deliver in greatest measure what we can, with what we have, to those in greatest need.
To remove the complications that hinder the rebuilding of hope.
For example, in the isolated Japanese city of Kesennuma, commercial fishing and related industries account for 85 percent of jobs. In 2011, a tsunami destroyed large sections of the city, including the port, and took a huge toll on the livelihoods – and hope—of local fishermen. In the widespread destruction in Japan at that time, the small community had a difficult time making its voice, and its needs, heard.
The Salvation Army Japan Territory became the first non-governmental organization to directly assist members of the local fisherman’s union to identify their priorities for recovery. The prime concerns included planning productive use of the remaining fishing boats and preparing for impending harvests of oysters and wakame, a seaweed that is a Japanese staple and a large source of income to the union.
Supported by the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), The Salvation Army provided ten sets of the diving tools necessary to complete this work to replace the fishermen’s equipment that had been washed away by the storm.
The union also needed a place to process their marine harvest prior to shipping. To this end, The Salvation Army provided temporary tents as operating centers in 15 port locations. These structures are already being used for the processing wakame and other marine products.
In addition, The Salvation Army replaced four 2-ton trucks used to carry the products such as wakame, konbu seaweed, oysters and scallops from the pier to processing stations to market. The trucks also carry tools and machines to help rebuild and organize fishing nets and farms.
A representative from the Kesennuma Fishermen’s Union summarized the importance of the help they received saying, “We called on The Salvation Army because very few people were able to help us. The Salvation Army listened to our need for trucks, diving equipment and tents. We use the equipment donated by The Salvation Army every day to harvest oysters, wakame and other seafood. The union members are so grateful because it allowed us to go back to work. Due to the support of The Salvation Army we have now recovered almost ninety-percent of the wakame harvest income we had before the tsunami.”
Through this experience, we learned that delivering life-sustaining supplies may be complicated at times. Delivering the life-sustaining blessings of God’s love and mercy is not.
Posted by Megan on Monday, September 30, 2013 ·
School is in full gear, and so are thousands of kids thanks to Krispy Kreme’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign which provided backpacks and school supplies to hundreds of children from low-income families across the country.
Throughout the months of August and September, participating locations collected supplies donations from their communities in exchange for a free Original Glazed Doughnut; an alluring incentive, if you’ve ever tried one. The supplies were distributed via The Salvation Army.
Annual school shopping can be an expensive feat, so we’re thankful for the supporters who stepped up to donate approximately 10,000 items for American families in need.
A huge thanks to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for their generous support of The Salvation Army’s back-to-school programs.
Krispy Kreme employees in Louisville, KY
Sorting through donations at The Salvation Army in Akron, OH
Krispy Kreme employees in Knoxville, KY
Posted by Megan on Thursday, September 26, 2013 ·
Saira’s family is getting help in a stigma-free environment at Alegria.
In the mid 1990s, The Salvation Army opened a residential program in downtown Los Angeles specifically for homeless individuals and families struggling with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis.
Now, the expanded program called Alegria is located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. There are 16 residential care apartments and 28 townhomes for permanent/long-term housing on site. In addition, there are another 18 units of emergency housing available at Zahn, the original downtown location.
Beyond the primary goal of providing professional, supportive, case-managed housing for homeless families with health challenges, Alegria and Zahn strive to provide holistic services that help residents live hopeful, dignified lives free of the painful stigmas attached to homelessness or their diagnoses. Residents also receive training and counseling in parenting, budgeting, employment, literacy and so much more – all in an effort to give them the best shot at a future.
Saira’s story is not unusual. Fleeing a relationship that left her hurting and infected with HIV, she needed to start over somewhere safe. She came to Los Angeles with her kids and found Alegria. She’s received support from the caring and loving staff in a judgement-free environment where her diagnosis is well-understood.
Posted by Jackie on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 ·
For those of you who have bravely jumped into the world of Fantasy Football this year and endured the ever so stressful draft, I have something fun to share with you; you may have drafted an NFL star who was once part of The Salvation Army’s team.
Recognize anyone below?
Left: Robert Meachem- A Tulsa native and current wide receiver for the New Orlean Saints. Center: Chris Harris– Oklahoma native and starting cornerback for the Denver Broncos. Right: Felix Jones- Tulsa native and Running Back for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Each one of these remarkable athletes once played football at The Salvation Army’s North Mabee Boys & Girls Club in Tulsa, OK where they first learned the sport, while also engaging in fellowship, character development, and other educational and recreational opportunities.
The North Mabee club is one of six Salvation Army safe havens in the city where underprivileged children find a sense of belonging and usefulness at the guidance of mentors and coaches.
But moreover, the North Mabee Boys & Girls Club is renowned for its recreation programs, which have proven to produce stars. Statistics recorded by the NFL and by The Salvation Army have revealed that athletes who play football as a member of the North Mabee club are 6.5 times more likely to make it to the NFL than a player from a Division 1 college team..
By the list of names above, I’d say it’s a pretty successful program.
After school programs of The Salvation Army are in full throttle. To volunteer with underprivileged children your area, or to find a center near you, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
The Salvation Army continues to serve evacuees and first responders impacted by flash flooding in Colorado. More than 10,000 meals have been served in the last three days by volunteers and Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel.
The flooding, which began Wednesday, has impacted parts of 15 counties and damaged or destroyed nearly 19,000 homes, according to emergency management officials.
As of Sunday night, 11,700 people have been evacuated, 1,253 remain unaccounted for, and five people confirmed dead since the floods began. Rescue efforts were hindered Sunday as waves of unrelenting rain swamped already overflowed rivers and streams.
At this point, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services crews are providing feeding services at the following locations: BoulderThe Salvation Army is serving at the Boulder County Incident Command Post at Linden Avenue and Broadway. Additionally, personnel continue to provide support to evacuees at the Mapleton YMCA (2850 Mapleton Ave Boulder, CO 80301) Ft. CollinsThe Salvation Army continues to serve meals at Timberline Church (2908 S Timberline Rd Fort Collins, CO 80525). The shelter will remain available long-term over the next 30-90 days.
Jefferson CountyThe Salvation Army continues to provide support the Jefferson County Incident Command Post: Jefferson County Fair Grounds located at 15200 W 6th Ave. Service Rd., Golden, CO 80401.
For supporters interested in donating, monetary donations are needed to help The Salvation Army help those affected during the days of storm ahead and during long-term recovery.
The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Floods.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.*Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Floods” and sent to: The Salvation ArmyP.O. Box 60006Prescott, AZ 86304