Books a Million has partnered with The Salvation Army for several years by hosting a holiday fundraising campaign in their stores each year. Their holiday campaign raised $10,308 for Texas. Funds raised will provide social services in the following cities: Abilene, Beaumont, Greater Dallas/Fort Worth, greater Houston, Laredo, Longview, San Antonio, Sherman, Texarkana and Wichita Falls.
Kiwanis International is teaming with The Salvation Army to feed those in need in Oklahoma City. It’s a relationship that started as an idea after 9/11.
“A Salvation Army officer mentioned the need for reliable volunteers, so we decided to make this a major thing,” says Jane Crump, a San Antonio resident and member of the Bexar Kiwanis Club.
Three hundred and fifty Kiwanis members from the Texas-Oklahoma District took training courses; The Salvation Army taught them how to run canteens (mobile kitchens). Kiwanians first volunteered for The Salvation Army when Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana in 2003. They also assisted with Emergency Disaster Services in Pensacola, Florida (Hurricane Ivan), New Orleans, Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina), and Beaumont, Texas (Hurricane Rita). The Kiwanians fundraised in between, raising a total of $90,000.
What began as a vision in 2001 became reality in 2007 when the Kiwanians partnered with The Salvation Army to purchase a $132,000 canteen. The truck was first used in Beaumont, Texas, when Hurricane Gustav made landfall.
In Oklahoma, volunteers have brought in 22 canteens from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky and Tennessee. They have worked around the clock to serve tornado victims since twisters first swept through the area on May 19th. Kiwanis Club members are honored to be among those called to serve.
“The Salvation Army takes care of their volunteers. We feel confident that when Kiwanians volunteer for The Salvation Army they will be taken care of,” Crump says.
Jane Crump deployed for a 2-week appointment on the canteen on May 29. She is serving with Henry and Patsy Pederson from the Northwest Casady Kiwanis Club in Oklahoma City. During this appointment the three have served thousands of meals, snacks and drinks from their canteen.
As for Crump, the opportunity to volunteer for The Salvation Army is second nature.
“There’s a lot of good organizations out there, but we really love The Salvation Army.”
(Alexandria, VA) May 9, 2011 — Across the country, The Salvation Army will be celebrating its 58th annual National Salvation Army Week with a variety of events and activities to honor donors, supporters and beneficiaries of Salvation Army programs. Events will highlight the importance of Americans giving back to their local communities to support their fellow neighbor at a time when many families and individuals continue to struggle to make ends meet. The very first National Salvation Army Week was declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower between November 18 and December 4, 1954 as a reminder to Americans that they should give freely of themselves.
“Every year, it’s important for The Salvation Army to say ’thank you’ to the people who make it possible for us to help others who are looking for assistance to escape hard times,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Even now, our neighbors are relying on the generosity of others to stand strong following the April tornadoes, which devastated so many homes, businesses and lives. The Army’s work in these impacted cities would not be possible if it were not for our donors, volunteers and supporters.
Nationwide, Salvation Army programs will be honoring National Salvation Army Week through a variety of activities, including:
• Alexandria, VA: The Salvation Army will host its annual Civic Dinner with special guest Vince Lombardi, Jr. on Saturday, May 7.
• Auburn, CA: On Wednesday, May 11 the Auburn Corps will host a Celebration Breakfast at the Ridge Golf Course to honor volunteers and supporters.
• Beaumont, TX: The Salvation Army will host the second annual Kids Book Fair on Friday, May 13, at the Point North Housing Complex.
• Galveston County, TX: The Salvation Army will thank community partner banks all week by serving coffee and doughnuts in the morning and ice cream in the afternoon from a canteen at each location. Partner banks include Texas First Bank, HomeTown Bank, Frost Bank and Moody National Bank.
• Guayama, Puerto Rico: The Guayama Corps will host a variety of events including “The Lassies and the Doughnut” on Tuesday, May 10 – a night honoring Salvation Army lassies who provided doughnuts to American soldiers during WWI – and a free concert featuring Christian singer Miriam Cortés on Saturday, May 14.
• Harrisonburg, VA: The Salvation Army will serve doughnuts and coffee from a Salvation Army Mobile Canteen on North Main St. outside WHSV (ABC TV 3) on Monday, May 9. On Saturday, May 14, James Madison University’s baseball team will celebrate Salvation Army Night during its match-up against Towson University. Fans can bring one canned good for general admission.
• Houston, TX: On Wednesday, May 11, the third Annual Citywide Art Contest Reception for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will recognize young artists and their work. Winners at the event will have their artwork displayed at One Allen Center in downtown Houston.
• Indianapolis, IN: The Salvation Army will host the week-long “Bite Back Box Fest,” asking community members to drop off a Bite Back Box with donations to help the Army bite back against homelessness. Boxes can be picked up and returned at The Salvation Army, and the box with the largest donation receives a $100 gift card. The Army will also be celebrating 128 years in Indiana with live music, food and games during the Red Kettle Cookout on Thursday, May 12 at University Park in downtown.
• Kerrville, TX: The Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center will celebrate give out free coffee, doughnuts, and water to the community as a thank you for the continued support. The Army’s canteen will hand out goodies between 11am and 1pm (CT) at the Kerrville Wal-Mart Monday, May 9 and the Kroc Center Tuesday and Wednesday May 10 and 11.
• Las Vegas, NV: The annual Salvation Army Clark County Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas will honor donors, volunteers and other supporters of the Army from the past year on Wednesday, May 11 at the Texas Station-Dallas Ballroom. In addition, the Army will award the “Partner in Mission” award to the individual whose contributions to the Army had great impact in the local community.
• Modesto, CA: The Salvation Army’s Red Shield youth members will provide a Boxing Demonstration at the Vintage Faire Mall on May 14.
• Nashville, TN: The Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team will host The Salvation Army as Charity of the Night on Saturday, May 14. The Army will host a booth at the stadium featuring activities and giveaways for families and kids as the Sounds take on the Sacramento Rivercats.
• San Francisco, CA: The Salvation Army will team up with the Rotary Club of San Francisco, NPS Presidio Park Police and Sports Basement for the third Annual “Bike Build” on May 14 to provide 75 underprivileged children from San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood with new bikes and helmets.
• Suisun City, CA: The Salvation Army will hold an Open House Party on May 9 at the newly opened welcome center of the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. Visitors can see the latest construction renderings of the Kroc Center, research and apply for open positions, meet the Kroc Krew and much more.
• Syracuse, NY: The Salvation Army of Syracuse will partner with P&C Food & Pharmacy to deliver free doughnuts throughout the week as a special thanks and symbol of friendship to community members for their continued support.
• Texarkana, TX: On Wednesday, May 11, the Army will host a block party across the street from the Texarkana Corps, with food, games, music, tours of the center and a devotional.
• Turlock, CA: On May 9, community members will participate in the Sixth Annual Century 21 M&M and Associates Charity Golf Classic at the Turlock Golf & Country Club with all proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army. More than $77,000 has been raised in the past five years.
• Tyler, TX: The Salvation Army of Tyler will host the “Doing The Most Good” luncheon, a community fundraiser, on Thursday, May 12. All week, the Army will also be running PSAs featuring advisory board members, employees and others sharing their experiences with The Salvation Army.
• Washington, DC: The Salvation Army will partner with Dunkin Donuts to hand out free doughnuts at various Metro stations to commuters in the Greater Washington area. Doughnuts will be given away each weekday morning between 7:30 and 9:30am. Metros include:
o Monday: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Station
o Tuesday: New Carrollton
o Wednesday: King Street Station
o Thursday: Medical Center Station
o Friday: Pentagon City
• Yuba City, CA: The Salvation Army will host a “Progressive Dinner” on Tuesday, May 10. Attendees will begin at the Corps’ Social Services office for appetizers and then “progress” to the Depot Family Crisis Center for dinner. From there, attendees will progress to the Transitional Housing program to tour the program and have dessert.
Since The Salvation Army began its social service work in the United States in 1880, the organization has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the country. Each year, The Salvation Army directly supports nearly 30 million Americans through a variety of programs including transitional and family shelters, feeding programs, senior centers, adult rehabilitation, education, athletic programs for kids, and more.
“Through 2010, The Salvation Army saw an increased need at 94 percent of our feeding programs, based on an internal survey,” said Major Hood. “We are proud that our supporters recognize the struggle taking place in local communities, and continue to stand by their neighbors as President Eisenhower intended so many years ago.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954, proclaiming, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of 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 all.”
Though the dates have changed since the first National Salvation Army Week, the work of The Salvation Army has not changed. More information about National Salvation Army Week and The Salvation Army’s service programs in more than 5,000 areas nationwide is available online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
To raise awareness of the annual Salvation Army Christmas kettle drive in Texas and across the country, coin dealer Michael Fuljenz of Universal Coin & Bullion Co. donated and placed into a collection kettle a gold coin valued at approximately $1,400, and he urged other coin dealers and the public to donate whatever they can this holiday season.
Nationally-known rare coin dealer Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion Co. (http://www.universalcoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas, has placed a one-ounce American Eagle gold coin donation valued at $1,400 into a Salvation Army collection kettle.
He urged others across the country this holiday season to do the same or, in the Biblical parable of the poor widow’s mites, to donate whatever they can afford as the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas kettle drive officially gets underway, November 19, 2010.
“There are about 5,000 coin dealers in the United States, and I encourage them, challenge them this Christmas, as well as the public to donate what they can to help people in need,” said Fuljenz.
“If you can’t afford a one-ounce or even smaller gold coin, remember the New Testament story of the poor widow, and give what you can. The Biblical parable tells us she donated only what she could afford, two tiny bronze coins, mites, but Jesus said, ‘…she has put in more than all the wealthy donors.”
Major Floiran Estrada, Commanding Officer of the Beaumont, Texas Salvation Army Corps, said requests to the Salvation Army for emergency services are on the rise; however, donations the past year are down about 20 percent nationwide, and 24 percent in the Beaumont area.
“It is only when people like Mike Fuljenz respond to the growing needs of others in such a positive way, and then challenge others to do the same, that the Salvation Army is able to continue assisting the hundreds of families locally and nationally who seek our help, especially during this time of the year,” said Major Estrada.
“The tradition of the Salvation Army collection kettles dates back to 1891. The tradition of people generously putting gold coins into kettles began in December 1982 when someone anonymously placed five, one-ounce gold South African Krugerrands into a kettle in a shopping mall near Chicago, explained Fuljenz during a keynote speech at the Salvation Army of Beaumont annual Life Changers banquet on November 9, 2010. At the conclusion of his remarks he donated and placed into a familiar, red collection kettle a 2010-dated United States Mint American Eagle one-ounce gold coin.
Fuljenz emphasized, “As a wise, anonymous person once said: To the world you might be only one person, but to one person you might be the world.”
A video of the speech and gold coin presentation is available online at http://www.universalcoin.com.
Fuljenz is an award-wining numismatic author and a frequent interview guest on radio and television news and personal finance programs. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets.
From October 13 – October 26, shoppers at the JCPenney at Parkdale Mall are invited to “round-up” their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Beaumont to support quality afterschool programs in their community. JCPenney has partnered with the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Beaumont to provide children in need with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that foster their academic, physical and social development.
Recent studies show that more than a quarter of America’s school children are on their own between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day.* More parents seek the resources to enroll their children in a beneficial afterschool program that help kids develop social skills, provide opportunities to be physically active and achieve academic success in school. JCPenney’s continuing support and commitment to the afterschool cause and has made it possible for more children to participate in positive afterschool environments nationwide.
About The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Beaumont
As a leading organization in our community’s youth development movement, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club provides after-school and summer day-camp programs as well as organized sports. All club programs and initiatives seek to provide (1) a safe place to learn and grow, (2) ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, (3) life enhancing and character development programs and (4) hope and opportunity. The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club currently serves over 500 active members ages 5-16.
About JCPenney’s Commitment to Afterschool
As a leading corporate advocate for the afterschool issue, JCPenney works to increase opportunities offered by afterschool programs in order to empower our nation’s children with the tools they need to succeed in life. Through its legacy of supporting youth and charitable organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National 4-H, United Way and FIRST, JCPenney formalized its commitment to the afterschool issue by making it the Company’s signature cause in 1999. Since its inception, more than $80 million has been distributed to afterschool programs in every JCPenney community thereby making it possible for more kids to participate in life-enriching programs that inspire them to be smart, strong and socially responsible. For more information, visit www.jcpenneyafterschool.org.
* Data from Afterschool Alliance 2009 report America After 3PM, commissioned by JCPenney Afterschool, is the most in-depth study of how America’s children spend their afternoons.
For further information contact:
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Beaumont
Michael Perez, 409-896-2363, firstname.lastname@example.org
Corporate: Daphne Avila, 972-431-3400, email@example.com
Local: Fran Bergstrom, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 1 is the official start of hurricane season, and The Salvation Army is urging families to get prepared now. Dr. Bill Gray’s April 2010 hurricane forecast predicts that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will have significantly more activity than the average season. Gray estimates that 2010 will have 15 named storms, 8 of which will become hurricanes with 4 becoming major hurricanes.
The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory, which serves 15 southeastern states and the District of Columbia, is joining with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local and state emergency management agencies, to urge residents who live in areas susceptible to hurricanes to prepare now.
“Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services has to be a team effort,” said Major C. Mark Brown, Community Relations & Development Secretary. “We are ready, trained and equipped to do the most good for any community hit by devastation. This is not just for hurricanes, as our units have already been extremely active this year with tornadoes and floods across the southeastern United States.”
The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster relief and recovery assistance related to tornados and flooding in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Additionally, relief and recovery work related to the Haitian Earthquake will continue for the foreseeable future.
The Salvation Army continues to strengthen and enhance its own emergency readiness. Including training for disaster volunteers, maintaining a fleet of emergency response vehicles, and pre-positioning of critical supplies, such as clean-up kits, in disaster warehouses.
The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory has:
234 mobile feeding units, each capable of producing approximately 1,500 meals per day, strategically placed throughout the southeastern United States.
4 tractor-trailer field kitchens, each capable of producing 15,000 meals, stationed in Tampa, FL, Jackson, MS and Dallas, TX.
4 satellite communications trailers stationed in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, SC, Jackson, MS, and Tampa, FL. A communications bus is stationed in Dallas, TX.
5 disaster warehouses with a total of 332,500 square feet of storage space for disaster supplies. Warehouses are located in Arlington, TX, Beaumont, TX, Jackson, MS, Ridgeland, SC and Tampa, FL. The Jackson disaster warehouse was opened this year and the new warehouse in Arlington, TX, represents a significant expansion over a previous facility.
For more information on disaster training and volunteer opportunities please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. The Salvation Army also offers specialized training for church leaders on emotional and spiritual care in disasters and how to prepare church congregations for emergencies.
The Salvation Army also stresses the need for personal preparedness, “Government, charities, faith-organizations and private industry are all working together. But we can’t do it alone. We have to engage the general public so that every family has a personal disaster preparedness plan and is also ready to help their neighbors, especially the elderly or those with special needs in an emergency,” stated Jeff Jellets, Emergency Disaster Services Director of The Salvation Army Southern Territory.
For more information on personal preparedness, The Salvation Army recommends visiting www.greathurricaneblowout.org (sponsored by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes) or www.hurricanesafety.org (sponsored by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative).
The Salvation Army’s disaster relief work began in the United States as the result of hurricane response. In 1900, The Salvation Army mobilized to offer food, water, clothing and other basic necessities to the survivors of the great Galveston Hurricane. Since then, The Salvation Army has become one of the most reliable and active providers of disaster relief in the country.
For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army’s emergency relief efforts, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps. For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow us on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.
December 17 – 7 am to 8 pm
An idea that began with the Salvation Army and one Walmart store in Houston has now snowballed into a partnership that will involve more than 120 store locations across Central Texas. Walmart Red Kettles from Waco, Austin, College Station, Lufkin, Beaumont, Houston and everywhere in between will be manned by volunteer Walmart Associates on December 17 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Many thanks to Walmart Associates for this volunteer effort.
(Beaumont, TX)- In an area used to having ample warning to an impending storm, Tuesday’s EF-1 tornado that hit the west end of Beaumont was a major shock. Most residents were thoroughly unaware of the twister that loomed overhead around lunchtime. The sky was dark but not ominous and there was only a light sprinkling of rain. It wasn’t until the electricity went off in Beaumont that people began questioning where the storm was.
Rumors were buzzing that a tornado hit Park Dale Mall, just a few minutes from The Salvation Army Corps, and that cars were piled 3 deep in Wal-Mart’s parking lot. Now, there was no denying, a tornado indeed paid Beaumont a visit.
One thing people in Southeast Texas are learning is that when disaster strikes The Salvation Army will be there to help aid and assist those in need.
Within hours of the disaster, our mobile canteen was on the scene with water, snacks and a shoulder to lean on. Fortunately no lives were lost, only a few injuries and damage was contained to a few businesses, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart were hit the hardest but several other stores suffered damage as well.
Tuesday night, The Salvation Army served around 240 snacks and drinks to restoration teams and store employees. Yesterday morning 125 snacks and drinks were given out and 125 hot dogs, chips and drinks were provided for lunch. “We’ll stay at least through Thursday,” promised Major Floiran Estrada officer in charge of the Beaumont Corps. “We want the people of this fine community to know that will not let them down, no matter what the circumstances.”
(Beaumont, TX)- The Salvation Army of Texas has been busy this summer as in years past, preparing to respond to any potential storm threats during the 2009 Hurricane Season. “Yesterday, we were called to respond to a different kind of natural emergency in Beaumont, Texas” said Major James Taylor. “Hurricane season may be in full swing, but we are also ready and prepared locally to meet the needs of other storms and emergencies like this one, year round” he finished.
The Salvation Army was quick to deploy yesterday in response to the unexpected EF-1 tornado that ripped through a busy shopping area in Beaumont, Texas. A mobile feeding unit was sent to the most affected location, beside the local Wal-Mart and Kohl’s stores. Service to cleanup and repair crews began right away.
Major Floiran Estrada, The Salvation Army Officer who oversees the Beaumont area said that service will continue today to responders as needed. “Fortunately there were no fatalities or damage to residential areas,” he said. The Salvation Army will continue focusing services towards supporting cleanup crews and workers on site who are in need of refreshment.
Please visit www.salvationarmytexas.org/news/ to continue following Salvation Army response to the Beaumont Tornado. The number of individuals served through the mobile feeding unit will be posted later today.