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On This Day In History: March 27

In 1973, Marlon Brando declines the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Godfather”. Before this nomination, Brando starred in the 1955 musical film “Guys and Dolls” as Sky Masterson. This is one of the most famous films to depict The Salvation Army and its officers. In the film, The Salvation Army is referred to as ‘Save a Soul Mission’ with Jean Simmons as Sgt. Sarah Brown, Brando’s love interest. Check out the costumes that so closely resemble The Salvation Army uniforms!

Guys and Dolls

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Happy Groundbreaking Day, Houston International Corps!

On March 25, Houston celebrated the Official Groundbreaking of the forthcoming new 38,000 square foot International Corps Community Center in Southwest Houston. The International Corps Community Center is currently the fastest-growing Salvation Army community center in the entire Southern United States. The new facility when fully constructed will allow them to serve even more residents of the Greater Houston region.

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Houston International Corps Groundbreaking

Click here to view more pictures of the event.

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JCPenney Cares!

Thank you for Rounding Up with JCPenney Cares!

The Salvation Army, Texas Division, received a portion of funds raised as a result of our national partnership with JCPenney. Each month JCPenney Cares supports a new cause, inviting customers to “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar. This past holiday season The Salvation Army was the designated charity for the month of December.

The Texas Division received an amazing $282,574.45 from the Round Up program! In addition, $2,777.77 was provided to The Salvation Army through the JCPenney holiday button promotion. As a result, five Area Commands (Dallas Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso) 25 Corps locations and 15 Service Units/Centers benefitted from this national program. Funds go towards funding various programs and services specific to their respective communities.

Thank you to all or our supporters for “rounding up” at JCPenney and helping The Salvation Army continue the promise of ‘Doing The Most Good’ in communities throughout Texas.

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On This Day In History: March 20

In 1928, Fred Rogers, Presbyterian clergyman and host of public TV’s longest running children’s program: “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” was born. In 2002, Mr. Rogers took part in the dedication of the first Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, in San Diego. The Salvation Army’s Don Bell made Mr. Rogers feel right at home by helping him slip into a custom navy zippered Salvation Army sweater. Click here to see more on Kroc Centers and dedication video.

125th Anniversary of San Francisco Chinatown Worship Center (Corps)

On this Day in History—March 18

In 1886, The Salvation Army Chinatown Corps in San Francisco opened in an area full of opium dens, gambling, drinking, brothels and child prostitution. Captain Fong Foo Sec sent a telegram declaring, “The first Chinese Salvation Army Corps is now an accomplished fact.” The first Chinese Salvation Army Corps in the world was in San Francisco. In 2011, just two years ago, they celebrated their 125th anniversary of service, Doing The Most Good!