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Are you ready to celebrate National Donut Day?

 

Celebrate National Donut Day
Celebrate National Donut Day!

Our friends at Entenmann’s Bakery, famous for the Rich Frosted Donut, are donating $1 to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” Entenmann’s Facebook page – up to $30,000 – until June 15!

Charlie Wilson: Dedicated Volunteer for Over 20 Years

charlie WilsonCharlie Wilson is still volunteering at The Salvation Army West Women’s & Children’s Shelter – and he is in his nineties!  For almost three decades, Charlie and Luisa Wilson dedicated themselves to helping those in need every day by visiting and dropping off much-needed items at homeless and domestic violence shelters in Portland, Oregon.  It all started with a passion that Charlie and Luisa shared for giving back to those in need.  By trade, Charlie was a civil engineer, but in his free-time, he and Luisa collected blankets, pants, shoes, combs, food and other valuables and delivered bags by foot and bus to the children, women, and men in the shelters.  When Luisa passed away several years ago, Charlie decided to continue this mission with the help of his children.  He says he is trying to help keep others alive.

It all began when both Charlie and his wife Luisa were children, one in the United States and the other in South America.  Both families, despite growing up in different countries and cultures, instilled the spirit of helping those in need in their children.  When they met and were married, they carried on this spirit for nearly 30 years and maintained a very active role in the community.  When Luisa passed away, Charlie continued to volunteer in the Portland community and at The Salvation Army’s West Women’s & Children’s Shelter.

Charlie says that he was an “understudy for a saint.”

After over 20 years, Charlie, now in nineties, is still a regular volunteer at The Salvation Army’s West Women’s & Children’s Shelter, a domestic violence shelter, where he fixes vacuums, makes repairs,  helps as a Spanish interpreter and  lovingly fills the role of friend, father and grandfather, a position these 42 women and children so greatly need filled.  He is an inspiration and a support to every life he touches.  Charlie plans to celebrate his 100th birthday with his friends there.

Many of the women and children at The Salvation Army’s West Women’s & Children’s Shelter have suffered from domestic violence, oftentimes from the men in their lives.  They walk into the shelter with their guard up against men, but with every smile and encouraging word, Charlie breaks down this barrier and dispels this myth about men.  He is a positive influence on these women and children who have never known what a good-hearted man is.  Charlie gives them hope for a better future.  Years after leaving the program, the women and children still remember Charlie’s kind heart.

Post contributed by Teresa Steinmetz, Director of Communications & Marketing at The Salvation Army Portland Metro Cascade Divisional Headquarter

Volunteer Gets ‘Paid’ at Disasters

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I have been a volunteer with Salvation Army Disaster Services for several years. I went to a flood site as a ham radio operator and somehow ended up as a volunteer radio operator, mobile kitchen driver, and food server.

In my experiences, I have seen sadness, human suffering, tragedy, and incredible damage in which survivors have lost everything. As a major in the U.S. Army once said, “If you can go to a Hurricane Katrina and not be affected, I worry about your heart.”

When you hold a person who is sobbing nonstop, when a person is grateful for a hot dog and coffee, when a small child smiles when they have a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie, you realize why you are there. You also realize you are helping when you are listening and talking with them, hearing their stories and giving them a chance to vent.

When people ask if I’m a disaster volunteer, I tell them, “Yes, and I get paid.” Their look is incredulous and they ask, “You get paid?” I always reply, “Yes, with a handshake, a ‘God bless you,’ a hug, a thank you, and the smile on a small child who has a hot dinner. Yes, I get paid – and money can’t buy that feeling.”

There is also camaraderie with other volunteers, survivors and relief workers. We are in it together, so let us work together.

Being a disaster volunteer is extremely rewarding, and an opportunity to pay it forward to those people who have helped you in your life. You are helping survivors and you are supporting the police, the fire department, and others who protect your community. All it takes is a little of your free time.

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Blog by Frank Powers, Salvation Army Disaster Services volunteer

Salvation Army Serving Evacuees at San Diego County Fires

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As San Diego County fires continue to burn, The Salvation Army has deployed two mobile hydration units to serve water, electrolyte drinks, coffee and snacks to first responders and those impacted by the fires.

With Salvation Army centers in Oceanside and Escondido, as well as throughout the county, The Salvation Army is prepared to offer increased support as needed.

Dozens of volunteers including short wave radio operators are on notice that they may be needed at any time should the situation become worse and evacuations increase.

“Along with hydration and food, spiritual comfort is our priority,” says Lt. James Parks of the Escondido Salvation Army Corps Community Center. “We appreciate all of our community volunteers and those who give so generously to help those impacted by the wildfires.”

Monetary donations are the best way to help in a disaster. Please designate SD FIRES.

The Salvation Army is helping with immediate assistance and long-term recovery.

To give online: www.sandiego.salvationarmy.org,

By phone: Call  1 800 SAL-ARMY

By mail: Designate check to “SD Fires” and send to
The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
2320 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Posted by Jackie

Trading places: A Homeless Experience

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The following was originally posted on The Salvation Army Northern Division’s blog.
The mercury plunged to minus 6 the night Nicholas Conner slept under a bridge in Fargo, N.D. He was curled up inside his sleeping bag wearing street clothes, a jacket, hat and mittens. But the layers were no match for the biting cold. His chattering teeth sounded like a telegraph clicking SOS.
“I spent the whole night shivering – I might have slept two hours,” he said.
The crazy part is, Conner didn’t have to be there. He’s a full-time college student and could have been sleeping in the warmth of his dorm room.
Even more peculiar, he spent the next night in his car – and the following seven nights in a Fargo homeless shelter, where he ended up getting sick with a fever of 102.7.
If Conner didn’t have to live like that, then why did he?
One simple reason: He wanted to know exactly what homeless people go through so that he could serve them more effectively as a volunteer at the Fargo Salvation Army and elsewhere. No more, no less.
“Nicholas Conner is an incredible young man of God,” said Major Byron Medlock, Fargo Salvation Army administrator. “His passion for service is nothing short of inspiring, and he’s only 19.”
Pivotal moment

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Conner’s homeless experiment took place in December 2012, several months after his first time serving hot meals at the Fargo Salvation Army – where he still volunteers to this day.
“There was a very pivotal moment that’s kept me coming back (to The Salvation Army),” said Conner, a North Dakota State University sophomore from Bemidji, Minn. “It happened when I met this homeless guy who started telling me about his life – how he served in Desert Storm, how we was in prison for 10 years, how he was an alcoholic.”
The man wound up showing Conner where he lived: A few blocks from the Fargo Salvation Army, underneath the evergreen bushes pictured above.
“He broke down and cried right in front of me,” Conner recalled. “It was my first real encounter with homelessness. I skipped my calculus class because of the conversation I was having with him.”
With that, Conner discovered a newfound passion: helping people who have nothing.
“I had to do more,” explained Conner, a devout Christian. “It ignited a passion in me for wanting to bring these people something and give them something to look forward to, to think about, to work for.”
Perfect fit

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The Fargo Salvation Army is the perfect fit for Conner to carry out his passion for helping homeless people in the name of Jesus Christ. The place allows him to interact with the 100-plus homeless people who come there every weekday for a bevy of services: hot breakfasts and lunches, showers, clothing, counseling, spiritual support and – above all – love.
Conner serves breakfast or lunch there at least once a week (pictured).
“Afterward, I mingle,” he said. “I try to help people understand they’re not alone in this. These people really need support.”
Conner provides more of that support outside of the Fargo Salvation Army. He’s the founder of a student organization called Hands and Feet, a 32-member Bible study group that performs service projects every two weeks.
“We’re all about being the hands and feet of Christ,” said Conner, who plans to attend seminary after college. “Last year the service project everyone enjoyed the most was throwing a Super Bowl party for homeless people. We put the game on for them and served a bunch of football food.”
Conner doesn’t enjoy recognition, and agreed to be interviewed for this story on one condition: that God get all the credit.
“I am not anything special, I am just trying my very best to submit to God,” he said. “I believe in service that is selfless and humble.”
The Salvation Army couldn’t have said it better. Join us in that same spirit of service by getting involved. Doing so is easy: You can make a donation or find volunteer opportunities in your area.

Salvation Army Week kicks off with training

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) The Salvation Army kicked off its 60th annual Salvation Army Week Monday to celebrate those in the community who help the needy.

Locally there will be several events to teach and celebrate.

All are welcome to join the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Volunteer Training from 5 to 9 p.m.. The four hour course is an introductory course into volunteering during times of disaster. RSVP by noon on Monday, May 12 to Rob Link at 971-4935 or [email protected]

Tuesday, the Salvation Army will host a free pancake breakfast for Knox County First Responders at 8 a.m..

Join the Fit for Success Career Fair Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.. The job fair will host many employers and services from around the Knoxville-area including: Walmart, Weigel’s, Marco’s Pizza, GC Services, Cellular Sales, Volunteers of America, Goodwill Industries and more.

The week rounds out with a movie night for kids and moms living in the Joy D. Baker Center.

For more information about National Salvation Army Week, please call (865) 525-9401.

Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS

Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS

Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS
Louisville, MS (May 5, 2014) – Response activities continue in Louisville, MS., following last week’s series of deadly tornadoes that tore across the region.

Residents and organizations from all over the region have stepped up with donations for the shattered central Mississippi community.  The twister that struck the Louisville area was graded an EF4 tornado, meaning that the sustained winds were at times nearing 200 MPH.  Winds at this speed cause severe damage, easily leveling most structures.  This storm was exceptionally bad, since its path of destruction went on for almost 40 miles.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services have been working in the area since the first few hours after the storm, providing food, water, and support for the community.  The Salvation Army in Jackson, MS collected emergency materials for the area, and this past weekend, they sent these to Winston County.  Part of the shipment also included food, water, and snacks for the three Salvation Army mobile feeding units assigned to the area.  One of The Salvation Army volunteers serving meals in Louisville stated, “I cannot believe the amount of destruction this little county has taken.”

It is true, that the storms have taken a toll on this small Mississippi County, but it is also very clear that they are determined to rebuild their community and their lives.  The Salvation Army commits to stand by Louisville and Winston County as they do just that. DONATIONS:
• Text “STORM” to 80888 and reply “yes” to donate $10*• By phone at 1-800-725-2769• Online at https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/april 2014

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs. or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innogive Foundation.  Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Mississippi and Alabama Tornadoes Bring Challenges

Mississippi and Alabama Tornadoes Bring Challenges

Jackson, MS – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Team is no stranger to expertly devising plans in order to get communities back on their feet as fast as possible. However, the outbreak of tornadoes on Monday, at least nine hitting Mississippi, created a challenge for the ALM Division that is not often seen.

The damage created by Monday’s storms is so widespread through Mississippi and Alabama that it has been a challenge and quite expensive to get resources to every area in need. “We aren’t talking a few miles,” says Thad Hicks, Divisional Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army ALM Division. “We have three mobile feeding units in Louisville, Miss. covering 40 miles to ensure everyone has food and water.” 

Areas such as Louisville have set up central locations where people affected by the storms can go to receive food, drinks, cleaning supplies, and clothes; however, some people are not able to make it there. The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding units (canteens) are some survivors’ only hope at getting assistance right now.

Large in part to these mobile feeding units, The Salvation Army has served 23,325 meals, 31,496 drinks, and 16,635 snacks thus far. In addition, they have provided 387 persons shelter, emotional and spiritual support to 572 people, 259 clean up kits, and 657 comfort kits.

The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding units will continue their services as long as they are needed, despite the mileage or cost. The Jackson, Miss. Corps is serving lunch and dinner daily in Rankin County. Canteens from New Orleans and Jackson are assisting Louisville, Miss. Tupelo and Florence canteens are feeding right under 2,000 meals a day in Tupelo. Laurel and Hattiesburg Corps are assisting Sandersville, Miss. The Birmingham, Ala. Corps is assisting people in Bessemer and Adamsville, Ala. Graysville, Ala. is being assisted by the Mobile Corps. The Mobile Corps is also serving food at the Baldwin County Coliseum. Columbus, Miss. Corps is serving in Columbus. The Tuscaloosa Corps is also serving in their own area. The Salvation Army is serving around 1,800 meals a day in Athens, Ala. with the assistance of the corps from Huntsville and Decatur, Ala.

### The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

For more information: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.orgTwitter: @salarmyALM | Facebook: facebook.com/salarmyALM *A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; text HELP to 80888 for help.

The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma Ready for Tornado Response

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April 27, 2014 – Oklahoma City, OK – Even as storms continue to hammer the region, The Salvation Army is in contact with Emergency Managers across Arkansas and is in contact with the State Emergency Operations Center. The Arkansas-Oklahoma (AOK) Division has placed disaster response teams and mobile feeding units (canteens) across the division on stand-by for the next 48 hours.

Multiple locations in Arkansas have sustained damage due to high winds, tornadoes, and hail which began a little after 4 PM Central Time this afternoon. It is the beginning of a very active 24 – 48 hours for much of Arkansas. Major Roger Glick, Central Arkansas Area Commander and Captain David Robinson, Conway Commanding Officer, are in touch with officials and preparing response plans.

Additionally, Quapaw, Oklahoma sustained storm damage earlier today. Salvation Army staff is evaluating the situation at this time.

Tornado warnings are currently underway in several counties in Arkansas. The Salvation Army will be prepared to provide care and compassion to those affected by storms as well as provide food and hydration. Please pray for all of those affected by storms today across multiple states in the Central United States.
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • 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.”*
  • https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/april2014
  • Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
  • The Salvation Army
    PO Box 738
    North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738

*Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindyfullerokc, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.

Contact: Cindy Fuller,

Mobile: 405.830.6549

E-mail: [email protected]

Office: 405.254.1156

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Every Kid Deserves a Super Summer!

Every Kid Deserves a Super Summer – The Salvation Army’s Camp Allegheny, Summer Camp and Retreat Center Gearing Up For Nearly 2,000 Western PA Needy Children

CARNEGIE, Pa., April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — All children deserve a super summer filled with warm life-changing memories. The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania is gearing up for its 2014 camping season. The organization’s nearly 100 – acre Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center, located along Slippery Rock Creek in Ellwood City, is readying for its summer camp program that will run June 16th through August 6th. Each year, nearly 2,000 needy children from all over Western Pennsylvania enjoy a program that provides not only fun and excitement, but also valuable character building activities.

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Accredited by the American Camping Association, Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center offers a diverse program including recreation, Christian education, nature, swimming, arts and crafts, archery, hiking and much more. For many of these campers, The Salvation Army provides their only chance of a summer vacation experience. “Since the financial downturn, for many parents, summer camp has become their child’s wish that can never come true,” said Captain Stephen Carroll, The Salvation Army’s Divisional Youth and Candidate’s Secretary. “But, because of the kindness of countless donors, The Salvation Army can give those deserving families that life changing experience to nearly 2,000 needy kids.”

A seasonal food service program and full complement of staff provides three healthy meals each day. Through a contract with the Department of Education Summer Food Service Program, free meals are provided to eligible children during all camping sessions. This federally funded Summer Food Service Program provides approximately 9% of the total Camp Allegheny operating budget, which helps keep the costs at a minimum for those attending. Meals are provided regardless of race, color, national origin, gender or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should contact the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

All children from households that receive food assistance through the DPA Pennsylvania ACCESS Card Program or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are eligible. The family size and income guidelines for free and reduced priced meals are as follows: one family member, with a household income of up to $21,590; two family members, up to $29,101; three family members, up to $36,612; four family members, up to $44,123; five family members, up to $51,634; six family members, up to $59,145; seven family members, up to $66,656; eight family members, up to $74,167; and each additional family member over eight, $7,511.

For information on attending Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center or sponsoring a camper, contact your local Salvation Army Worship and Service Center or the organization’s Youth Department at 412 446-1545. Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center can also be reserved in the off season for workshops, reunions or special events. For more information, contact Jen Brown, Camp Allegheny Retreat Center Coordinator at 412-446-1512.

SOURCE: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division