The Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers…We Need Hundreds To Ring This Christmas Season

download (5)As you may know, The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign helps raise funds for the incoming year to provide programs and services to the community. With the donations, The Salvation Army provides hundreds of children in need with Christmas gifts through our Angel Tree program. We provide emergency assistance, feed, clothe, and shelter the homeless. Our Back To School Program provides children in low income families with brand new shoes and backpacks filled with school supplies to enter into the school year. The Salvation Army provides various need all year long and the need is continually growing.

Our Kettle Campaign goal is $250,000 to support our cause, but we can’t do this without VOLUNTEERs. You can partner with The Salvation Army to assist our community this Christmas season simply by giving your time.

For more information about The Salvation Army programs, services, or to volunteer please contact Tammie Roa at our main office (806)373-6631, Ext. #75516, by email at, or visit our Facebook page at Secure donations can be made online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY(Specify Amarillo).

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing Training/Orientation

Help feed, clothe, and shelter the homeless, provide children with Christmas gifts, help serve your community, AND GET PAID!!!

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Training/Orientation will be held
November 9th & November 12th
400 S. Harrison St.

This could possibly be the best holiday job you’ve ever had!!

***MUST bring photo ID and work authorization such as a Social Security Card or a passport***

For more information please call our main office at (806)373-6631.

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The Salvation Army Church Service Times


Do you need a church home? A place to feel welcomed, loved like family, and  where you can be a part

of something bigger than yourself? We welcome you to attend one of our service times at The Salvation Army Church of Amarillo.

2101 S. Van Buren

Church Services:

Tuesday – Kids/Youth (6-16yrs old)

Wednesday – Adult Bible Study

9:45am- Sunday School
11:00am – Service
7:30pm – Service (At The Shelter)


Salvation Army Today – General Cox Visits Atlanta

In this episode of Salvation Army Today:

General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox visits Atlanta, Georgia, USA and a Salvation Army Volunteer finds $125,000. Find out what he did.

The Salvation Army Responds To Texas Panhandle Fires

The Salvation Army Responds to Texas Panhandle Fires

The Salvation Army Responds To Texas Panhandle Fires

Dallas, TX (May 12, 2014) – “Emergency rescue personnel cannot leave the scene, and that’s where The Salvation Army comes in to give them relief with water, food and a place of rest,” said Major Harvey Johnson of the Amarillo Corps.

In response to an overnight grass fire that rapidly spread in the Texas Panhandle, burning over 2,000 acres, The Salvation Army of Pampa and Amarillo have mobilized their Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) and are providing support to emergency responders and those displaced by the blaze. It has been confirmed that more than 100 houses have been destroyed and upwards of 350 people displaced. The Salvation Army Borger Service Center has also been assisting families affected by the fire, now 75% contained, providing short term shelter at a local hotel.

Breakfast was served this morning to 400 people in Fritch and the mobile kitchens are fully stocked with food and water and will continue to provide assistance throughout the day. Disaster response staff in Plainview are on a call should additional support be necessary.

Major Harvey Johnson added, “We are a mobile emergency unit created to respond to disasters in our local area. The families in the Panhandle are very important to us, our prayers go out to them, and we are here to help!”

Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Disaster Services can be made by:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to,, or


New shoes for a new school year!

Shoes & Socks Fund
Do I get to keep them Miss?” A pair of hopeful shiny eyes flashing back at me needs an immediate answer. “Of course you do you, sweetheart,” I explain. “These are for you to wear with your new socks the very first day of school.”

Every year for the past four decades, The Salvation Army at Amarillo has provided brand new shoes and socks for thousands of Panhandle children. This year more than 800 kindergarten through twelfth grade young people will get to go back-to-school shopping at Wal-Mart and pick out the shoes they want.

Every year at this time, Frances Powell is honored as the person who commandeered the Amarillo Globe News Foundation’s Empty Stocking Fund to contribute to the local Salvation Army and thus entrust the annual Shoe and Sock Distribution in our care. “Her legacy lives on in the lives of these children,” according to Major Cheryl Grider. “We are privileged to carry on this tremendous tradition.”

“We love our part too in getting these kids ready for school,” says Clint Walker, store manager of Wal-Mart. We have our employees volunteer with the registration process then we dedicate one cash register for two days just for these children and their parents.”

The aisles are alive with the sound of giggling, excited little ones, test driving their new shoes up and down the rows of the store. It’s Christmas in July and a great new start to a great new school year.

Curves, Barbara Oberholtzer owner is conducting a school supply drive with members of Curves in Galveston. A school supply drive was conducted last year and The Salvation Army in Galveston benefitted from the proceeds.

El Paso
Sally’s Bus
The Salvation Army in El Paso is pleased to announce the results of our annual drive to collect school supplies and clothing for needy children that reside in the emergency family shelter located at 4300 East Paisano, and throughout El Paso. Many people are not aware that we house up to 100 individuals nightly, of which two in three are children.

This year we partnered with Bassett Center, Premiere Cinemas, the El Paso Independent School District, and last but by no means least Immanuel Christian School.

The athletes from the boy’s football team and girl’s volleyball team manned the kettles for us over a three day weekend from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, and collected more than to $2,100. The kettles were set up beside a school bus loaned to us by the El Paso Independent School District located at the west entrance to Bassett Center. School supply donations were also received at the same location in an effort to stuff the bus, in which we received over 2,000 donations.

The donations will be used to help more than 420 children in El Paso to include those residing at The Salvation Army emergency family shelter, children at the Child Crisis Center, Dame La Mano, the two Corps Community Centers operated by The Salvation Army (Citadel and Temple), La Posada and the ladies at Villa Maria.

Premiere Cinemas will continue their fundraising efforts throughout and through Tax Exempt weekend. Individuals wishing to donate school supplies can drop them off at the theater located inside Bassett Center.

San Antonio
For the past thirty years, The San Antonio Area Command has hosted a very popular Back to School event, the “Shoe-In”. Working with the Counseling staff at 270 elementary schools, applications are completed by parents who just cannot make another purchase for their children. The Salvation Army provides 1,800 – 2,000 pairs of shoes to about 1,000 families in one day at the Hope Center. Two hundred fifty volunteers, in three shifts, fit shoes on the feet of these children, encouraging them in a fun and friendly manner. The volunteers assure us that they receive as much a blessing as the children receiving the shoes. Knowing that they have helped make the burden of poverty a little less stressful is the highlight of the year for some of our regular volunteers.

There was a family that consisted of three rambunctious boys, ages 10, 9 and 7, and one sweet, shy 5 year old girl. The volunteer measured the girl’s foot first, and then went to bring back three pair of shoes for her to try on. She shyly indicated that she only wanted to try on the white and pink pair. The volunteer asked if she wouldn’t like to try the others. “No, I like this one”.

The boys were next. They were not nearly as reluctant to try on more shoes. After three and four pairs each, they finally had the shoes they wanted and were ready to go. Once more, the volunteer asked the little girl if she’d like to try on one of the other styles. Again, she shook her head and stood to leave.

Fumbling in her pocket, she pulled out a little bundle of papers and, head downcast, she handed a dollar bill sized paper to the volunteers. As they unfolded the papers, they found crayon colored drawings with her sweetly written note, “Thank you for my new shoes, I never got some before”.

The Salvation Army in Midland distributed school supplies from their Disaster Canteen at a city park on Thursday, August 18th.

The Salvation Army Service Center in Brownwood school supplies to 391 area children in 2010 and hope to be able to provide help to even more children this year, having registered more than 500 young people this year. They rely on local donations from individuals and businesses to support this program.

Fort Worth
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in Fort Worth donated 100 backpacks containing school supplies for children served by The Salvation Army. Children at the Northside Community Center received backpacks from Corps Officers, Majors John and Linda Queener, after sharing a prayer asking God’s blessing on the backpacks and supplies.

Women’s Auxiliary president, Gloria Walker, was on hand for the backpack distribution.
“I wanted to cry when the children came into the chapel because I just know how special it is for children to have something new, something of their own,” Walker said. “It’s just really rewarding for the Women’s Auxiliary to be a part of that.”

The backpacks and school supplies were purchased through funds raised at the Women’s Auxiliary annual garage sale in March.

The Salvation Army Responds To West Texas Wild Fires

West Texas – The Salvation Army provided assistance and relief to residents and first responders across West Texas as numerous grass fires fueled by high winds scorched more than 120,000 acres of dry grassland.

It is reported that 80 homes were destroyed as several cities were under evacuation orders throughout an area that stretched from Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle to Midland, almost 250 miles South in the Permian Basin.

In Amarillo, The Salvation Army went on alert Sunday afternoon to provide basic needs for families affected by the raging fires. The Disaster Canteen was on standby to support first responders with water and snacks and the emergency shelter began to accept families needing housing. Donations of clothing and household items are being accepted at all Salvation Army facilities.

The Rapid Response Unit and Disaster Canteen from Lubbock drove two hours east to serve people in the cities of Matador and Dickens. Salvation Army staff and volunteers provided more than 60 meals in Matador, while 30-40 firefighters and policemen who had been fighting the blaze for more than five hours received water and food from the Disaster Canteen in Dickens.

The Salvation Army will continue to provide support as long as is needed. Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at

Our 48th Wedding Anniversary Was A Disaster!

Having made plans to go out for a nice, quiet dinner for two in their home town of Fort Worth, Texas, Frank and Bera Calvert were looking forward to celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary. However, Hurricane Alex had plans of its own as it surged towards the South Texas coastline.

Frank and Bera first volunteered with The Salvation Army as bell ringers while living in Daytona, Florida, and have always appreciated the ministry of the organization. Since moving to Texas they have been part of The Salvation Army Disaster Team for almost seven years. Married in Amarillo in 1962, the Calverts are responsible for The Salvation Army Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) that serves Tarrant County. On June 29, the eve of their anniversary, they received an emergency call for assistance. They were requested to be part of the State Task Force, meeting in Austin, preparing to be deployed to South Texas in anticipation of Hurricane Alex making landfall.

“It’s just another day to us and is the second time we’ve been called out on our anniversary,” says Frank. “We’re always together, and we have so much fun serving people every day.”

Since joining The Salvation Army Disaster Team the couple has responded to eight hurricanes and countless tornados, floods, fires, and other natural disasters. The Disaster Canteen is capable of serving up to 5,000 meals per day, catering to first responders, other relief workers, and those affected by the disaster.

“There are times, like when we helped with Hurricane Rita, that you see people who have lost everything. They don’t even have food. Then they drive up, you hand them food, and they have tears in their eyes,” Bera says. “That’s what keeps you going. With the help of God, we are able to help them and love doing it.”

Back To School

Needy students receive school supplies from The Salvation Army

Brand-new pencils, colorful erasers, pristine notebooks—even new uniforms, backpacks, and shoes: These are the things that delight most Texas schoolchildren about returning to school. But for those children whose families can’t afford their back-to-school supplies, the start of a new year can be an uncomfortable experience.

“Everyone notices when your shoes have holes and when the teacher has to give you pencils and stuff,” one youngster tells us.

The list of required school supplies seems to be ever growing and can be a real financial concern for families, particularly those with multiple school-age children. For example, a Kindergartener is expected to arrive on the first day with a backpack, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, an eraser, a box of tissues, broad-tip markers, a pair of scissors, pencil case, and a spiral bound notebook. A student entering the 12th Grade needs almost 30 items including binders, a scientific calculator, geometry set, pocket dictionary, a thesaurus, highlighter pens, and a stapler, to name but a few.

Salvation Army locations throughout Texas are “Doing the Most Good” by coming alongside families to help furnish these essential school supplies. A snapshot of assistance provided includes Salvation Army locations in Borger (40 children), Killeen (325), Freeport (200), Lufkin (1,000), and Big Spring (350).

Partners of The Salvation Army are also stepping up to the plate to provide back-to-school assistance. On Tuesday, Aug. 10, more than 12,000 students in need will have the opportunity to visit Target stores nationwide and purchase must-have supplies as part of the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $80 Target Gift Card to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Target awarded all 40 of The Salvation Army divisions nationwide a total of $960,000 worth of Target Gift Cards for the shopping sprees. Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the one-day Target School Spree event in select regions across the country. All participants will be given a reusable Target shopping bag and be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.

New shoes are another great need for the start of the school, and, thanks to the generosity of contributors to the Amarillo Globe News Empty Stocking Fund, the Amarillo Salvation Army anticipates providing shoe vouchers to 800 young people. Similar programs are in place in Abilene, where the Abilene Board of Realtors partner with The Salvation Army to provide more than 700 new pairs of shoes, and in Austin, the third annual Georgetown “Shoe-In,” which is underwritten by donors, expects to distribute 1,000 pairs of new tennis shoes.

Salvation Army locations throughout Texas will be delighted to accept your donations of school supplies. For more information about The Salvation Army please visit, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps.