Salvation Army Volunteer Among Inspiring Youth Honored by Kevin Spacey at National Award Ceremony

Salvation Army Volunteer Among Inspiring Youth Honored by Kevin Spacey at National Award Ceremony

In recognition of Salvation Army Week, we would like to take this chance and highlight two inspiring youth volunteers.

The 18th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards was held last week at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C, which honored hundreds of top youth volunteers from across the country. Among those honored, were Nebraska’s Alexandra Baxter, 18, of Omaha and My’Kah Knowlin, 12, of Lincoln for their outstanding volunteer service.

Both girls were awarded $1,000 and congratulated personally by Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, as well as given other prizes!

Since she was a child, Alexandra has volunteered with her local Salvation Army by ringing our well-known red kettle bells during the holiday season. In 2010, Alexandra took her two passions, running and volunteering and created the fall charity, Red Kettle 5K Run. This charity event has resulted in the collection of over 80,000 cans of food for The Salvation Army’s food pantries in preparation for the overwhelming demand during the holiday season.

As of last year, Alexandra’s Kettle Run has been so successful that it has almost doubled in size. Her first year of throwing the event resulted in 400 runners and approximately 16,000 cans of food collected. This past year, there were almost 900 runners and 44,000 donated food items.

Sixth-grader My’Kah focused her attention on helping the children affected by the devastating tornados in Joplin, MO, by providing 300 “Boxes of Love” that contained items such as snacks, toys, and other goodies. Like Alexandra, My’Kah also has a history volunteering. At age five, she would request books for her birthday instead of presents so she could donate them to children in need. As of today, she has blessed her community with over 12,000 books for low-income schools.

Read the full article, “Two Nebraska Youth Honored for Volunteerism at National Award Ceremony in Washington D.C” from The Wall Street Journal online.

Join the fun and volunteer! Help support a great cause and who knows, maybe you’ll even get to meet Kevin Spacey! Here’s how to get involved:

    Find The Salvation Army near you to donate or volunteer your time.
    Visit www.volunteermatch.org to find local volunteer opportunities.
    Donations are always welcomed and appreciated! Please visit donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

News (Red)

The Salvation Army Continues Disaster Relief Services Following Dallas Area Tornados

DALLAS (May 16, 2013)—The Salvation Army went into urgent action last night with volunteer disaster teams on site in Hood County to provide services in the wake of the devastating tornados. Three disaster canteens (mobile kitchens) from the Dallas Fort Worth area were deployed and have been providing refreshment, hydration and spiritual and emotional care to survivors and first responders.

Today, the organization has ramped up its services. A mobile disaster kitchen from Dallas will serve first responders at the Incident Command Center in Granbury. We expect to continue this service for at least three days or longer, to be determined by the local Emergency Management Office. A second mobile disaster kitchen has been in place at the Emergency Operations Center in Cleburne located at 810 Kilpatrick Street. The local Emergency Manager requested that this unit move to the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 Henderson Street, at 10:00 AM to serve meals for up to 125 people today. This service may continue until 7:00 PM or longer if needed.

Mobile disaster kitchens from Plano, Williamson County, and Waco are on standby for service in Granbury and Cleburne. At this time, additional units may not be deployed until residents are allowed back into the disaster area. Many residents will remain evacuated while emergency crews work to restore power and remove debris from the worst affected communities. Once residents return to their homes, it is anticipated that The Salvation Army will begin distributing household cleaning kits to help people with the emotionally draining process of clean up and recovery.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s response to the North Texas tornados:
    • MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
    • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/disaster

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

News (Red)

The Salvation Army Responding to Dallas Area Tornados

Dallas, TX (May 15, 2013)—The Salvation Army quickly responded in the North Texas communities of Granbury and Cleburne after tornados caused significant damage and injuries late on Wednesday evening.

Three Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) have been deployed from the Dallas Fort Worth area and two additional units have been placed on stand-by. The Salvation Army Disaster teams are providing refreshment and spiritual and emotional support to the first responders and residents affected by the storms.

Further updated information will follow as it released.


The Salvation Army of Abilene

More about Abilene.

Social Services Office (Yellow)

1726 Butternut Street
Abilene, Texas 79602

Center of Worship (Blue)

1733 Poplar St.
Abilene, TX 79602

Family Store (Teal)

1709 Butternut St
Abilene, TX 79602
(325) 673-0223



On This Day In History: May 14

Well, this entire week, if you haven’t heard, is the 60th annual National Salvation Army Week! In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the US, declared a week in May “National Salvation Army Week” and made this proclamation:

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”


National Salvation Army Week is here!

Today’s no ordinary Monday – it’s the first day of our 60th annual National Salvation Army Week. This week of recognition was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. – who stated in his proclamation:

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

Each year we use this week to say ‘thank you’ to the three million volunteers who give of their time and talents to The Salvation Army and enable critical services to communities, families and individuals in need. If you can believe it, that’s 8,000 volunteers “Doing the Most Good” for their neighbors each day!

Celebrating our supporters, throughout this week we will be featuring fans and followers on social media who told us how they “Do the Most Good” in their own communities by using the hashtag #IDTMG on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We hope you’ll join in and tell us how you choose to give back each day.

The Salvation Army is celebrating National Salvation Army Week in a variety of ways this week across the country. For events near you, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org and www.salvationarmytexas.org to find a list of locations.

Here are just a few events taking place during the week around Texas.

Abilene, TX

“Behind the Red Shield” Lunch and Tour, donut day

Harlingen, TX

Mayoral Proclamation

Houston, TX – Northwest Corps

Boys and Girls Club anti-bullying rallies, Emergency Disaster Response Training

Kerrville, TX Corps & Kroc Center

County Judge Proclamation & Flag Raising, distributing coffee and donuts at City Hall, AM Radio Show appearance, “Behind the Red Shield” Lunch and Tour, Mayoral Proclamation, deliver donuts to all first responders, Kroc member appreciation, “Behind the Red Shield” Reception, Thrift Store Donor Appreciation Day (Prizes Given Away), local restaurant support throughout NSAW

Longview, TX

Mayoral Proclamation, “Behind the Red Shield” Lunch and Tour, cook-out

Tyler, TX

Mayoral Proclamation, 9th Annual Doing the Most Good Fundraising Luncheon, “Fans for Life” Collaborative Drive


On This Day In History: May 13

In 1882, the former London Orphan Asylum was opened as The Salvation Army Clapton Congress Hall. After renovations, the massive hall could seat more than 4,500 people! The Salvation Army called it their “National Barracks” as the Army used its wings as training barracks for 300 male and female cadets with classrooms on the ground floor, workrooms below, and bedrooms above. The Clapton Congress Hall was used by The Salvation Army for 87 years until 1970 when a new citadel was built on Lower Clapton Road.