Vipers and Salvation Army Teaming Up to Serve Food and Collect Toys During Holiday Season

Craig Winder (Photo Credit: Chris Covatta/NBAE/Getty Images)

MCALLEN, TEXAS – The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Tuesday that they will be serving food at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving and collecting toys for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program to benefit the less fortunate during this holiday season.

All Vipers players will be in attendance at the Salvation Army in McAllen (corner of 23rd and Pecan) on Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-to-1:30 p.m. to serve Thanksgiving meals to those in need. Part of the coaching and front office staffs will participate as well.

“The Thanksgiving dinner not only serves the hungry, but also provides a family dinner for the lonely,” said Major Dan Ford of the Salvation Army.

The Vipers are also accepting donations of new toys at all four Vipers home games at State Farm Arena from December 8-through-20, as well as at the Vipers Pro-Shop.

“The most important thing we do here is give back to the community. We have been fortunate and it is our duty to help those who haven’t been as fortunate, After all, the residents of the Rio Grande Valley aren’t just our fans, but our friends, family and neighbors as well,” Vipers President Bert Garcia said.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, which tips off Thursday, Nov. 18, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.

24-7 Prayer: The Global Call

Salvationists from nations around the globe are being called to united, focused intercession – the need for justice for the oppressed, according to Luke 18 by the International Leader of The Salvation Army, General Shaw Clifton. Here is the full text of the Call, published on 1 November 2010:

Dear Comrades and Friends in Christ,

A GLOBAL CALL TO 24-7 PRAYER: A day and night cry for justice

Following thorough preparation by the Centre for Spiritual Life Development (a department of International Headquarters) and prayerful consideration by the International Management Council, I have agreed to the launching of A Global Call to Prayer: A day and night cry for justice (Luke 18:7) to all Salvationists, to commence on 1 January 2011.

Therefore, I am writing to my fellow Salvationists around the world, to call you to united, focused intercession in relation to the need for justice for the oppressed, according to Luke 18.

The spreading corrosive influence of human trafficking, corruption, and impurities beyond imagining call for nothing less than Salvationists to be on our knees before the One who alone can bring about a restoration of justice in the earth, even a holiness revival. Indeed, the great need of the times in which we live and serve urges us onward in day and night prayer.

Many Salvation Army territories around the world are already engaged in 24-7 prayer, with more prayer rooms and prayer networks being developed continually.

In recent years The Salvation Army’s Centre for Spiritual Life Development in London and the International Social Justice Commission in New York City have been established and are born of the Spirit. This call to prayer will produce a spiritual synergy the world over.

In Luke 18:8 Jesus concludes his teaching with the question, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Perhaps Jesus is looking for evidence of faith on the earth upon his return, in his chosen ones crying out to him day and night. May The Salvation Army be a part of the faith that he finds.

Yours in Christ,

Shaw Clifton
GENERAL

Find out more about 24-7 Prayer.

Dallas Cowboys Players Ring Bells at Walmart for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive

Andre Gurode and Leonard Davis

Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders competed against each other to see who would raise the largest amount of money for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive.

Cowboy players Leonard Davis and Andre Gurode faced two Cowboy cheerleaders at a Walmart in Plano, Cowboy player Anthony Spencer took on two other Cowboy cheerleaders at a Walmart in Arlington.

A cold breeze in Plano wouldn’t stop Davis and Gurode, who urged everyone passing their kettle to help out for a noble cause.

“Giving back is what this is all about,” Davis said. “It’s very fun. We get to interact directly with fans and people in ways we can’t while playing in the field.”

In Arlington, Anthony Spencer recalled his previous participation with The Salvation Army as a young boy while maintaining a Kettle post in a Walmart in Arlington.

“When I was growing up, my grandmother was always around The Salvation Army trying to help out and do stuff for people less fortunate,” said Spencer.  “On Thanksgiving, I remember we used to go up there and pass out turkeys. It helped me really realize that pretty much everyone’s the same, we’re all just in different situations in life. So when you’re able to help out, it’s always good to do so. That’s how I was brought up and that’s how I live my life, so I definitely try to help out when I can.”

The Cowboy players came out victorious in the end. Davis, Gurode, and Spencer raised a combined total of $692.11, while the Cowboy cheerleaders raised $161.62.

The Salvation Army thanks the Dallas Cowboys for doing their part in doing the most good!

Anthony Spencer and a child donor

A little girl runs with glee after putting a donation into the kettle at Walmart in Plano.

Cowboys Cheerleaders Megan and Jackie ring bells at Walmart in Plano.

Anthony Spencer rings a bell to beckon Walmart shoppers to the kettle.

The Salvation Army Responding Rapidly to Mississippi Storms

Jackson, Mississippi – The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson, Miss. is continuing its response to the scene of a tornado in Yazoo City, Mississippi.  Beginning around 8:00 P.M. last night a strong super cell thunderstorm crossed the Mississippi River and began dropping severe weather on a line stretching across the state striking the downtown area of Yazoo City, Miss.

Initial reports spoke of widespread power outages, downed trees and power lines, and structural damage in central parts of Yazoo City. Additionally, the Yazoo County Courthouse roof has been reported damaged.

One mobile feeding unit and a staff of five from The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson has been deployed to provide mass feeding, hydration, and pastoral care to residents still recovering from a massive tornado this past May and now forced to deal with more storm damage.

With widespread damage and power outages coupled with the continuing severe weather throughout the evening, The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division has placed all disaster units on alert for possible response.

“This community (Yazoo City) has seen so many lives ripped apart by an act of nature. The Salvation Army will continue to provide an act of God in serving the residents still recovering from the spring storms and now faced with more recovery,” stated Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army in Jackson. “Our hope is that through the love of Christ the emotional and physical scars can begin to heal.”

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit www.salvationarmyalm.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose.

Mobilecause to Power Mobile Giving for Salvation Army

LOS ANGELES (PRBuzz) October 26, 2010 — Mobilecause, the leading mobile giving provider in the US, announced today that it will power mobile giving for The Salvation Army, one of the largest non-profits in the United States. Mobilecause and The Salvation Army have partnered to bring this new fundraising and communication tool to its prospective donors and constituents in time for the Holiday giving season. The Salvation Army will use this technology nationwide offering another way for donors to give back and support the organization’s many programs and services.

“We are honored to have been selected by The Salvation Army,” said MobileCause CEO Douglas Plank. “They are a organization of great influence and good work and it is monumental that they have now turned to mobile.”

Mobilecause with over 800 customers works with some of the largest non-profits in the country and is a leading provider of not just mobile giving, but mobile communication and mobile CRM services.

“After reviewing the options, the choice for us was clear,” said Jason Wood, Director of Internet Services at The Salvation Army National Headquarters. “Mobilecause delivers a strong balance of great technology, non-profit background and service.” .

The Salvation Army will build integrated marketing campaigns across its media and sponsor partners for the giving season.

About Mobilecause

Mobilecause (www.mobilecause.com), nominated a Top 100 Private U.S. Company by AlwaysOn Media, is a leading web service for mobile giving and donor retention. Mobilecause delivers non-profit organizations a simple-to-use web services software solution for the complete launch and management of micro and macro mobile giving, messaging, CRM, text polling and text-to-IVR over SMS, Twitter and SMTP. Mobilecause is a company comprised of leading non-profit and technology professionals with the right blend of experience to help non-profits take these 21st century tools to help grow, engage, and retain their member and donor base.

Mobilecause media inquiries:

info@mobilecause.com

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Host Your Own Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.com

Looking for a great group or team fundraising event? The Online Red Kettle is perfect for classrooms, companies, and even sports teams who want to make a difference in their neighbors’ lives.

It’s quick and easy to create your own Team Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.com by following a few, simple instructions. You’ll also be able to e-mail friends, family, coworkers, and other potential donors an invitation to make a simple, 100-percent secure online donation to your Kettle.

Last year, Texans donated $197,000 through the Online Red Kettle, leading the nation in online donations. This year, we want to beat our own record! Maybe your Team Kettle will be the one that raises the most funds to enable The Salvation Army to continue Doing the Most Good in 2011.

For more information or to create your very own Online Red Kettle, visit www.onlineredkettle.com.

Salvation Army in Czech Republic Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Contacts during open-air meeting

Czech Republic – CELEBRATIONS of the 20th anniversary of Salvation Army work restarting in the Czech Republic recognized the huge steps that have been made through this fledgling ministry.

In 1990, following some initial contacts and a request of President Vaclav Havel to the then General Eva Burrows, The Netherlands Territory took on the responsibility to restart Salvation Army work that began in Czechoslovakia in 1919 before being suppressed in 1950. Much growth has happened since 1990. Corps and social projects have been opened, soldiers and adherents enrolled, and Czech officers trained and appointed. Having being registered as a social organization by the Czech government, the Army is now working towards being officially recognized as a church.

Hundreds of people gathered for a march of witness on Saturday, October 9th in the Square of the Republic in the center of Prague. Behind the Czech Salvation Army flag and Rotterdam East Band from The Netherlands, Salvationists and Army friends marched through the center of the Czech capital.

After the march there was a celebration and worship meeting in the Lucerna Theatre, Wenceslas Square. More than 300 people from across the Czech Republic joined together for worship and to thank the Lord for what he made possible in their country. In his Bible message Commissioner Hans van Vliet (Territorial Commander, The Netherlands and Czech Republic Territory) spoke of God the Loving Father who is looking for the lost and wants to find them.

Music was provided by the national worship band and the Rotterdam East Band.

Lieutenant Jana Kováčikova spoke in her testimony about how the Lord called her to serve him and her people through The Salvation Army. At the end of the meeting many people responded to the altar call given by the Chief Secretary, Colonel Piet Dijkstra, by coming forward to offer themselves to the Lord or to thank him for what he has done.

Among special guests at a reception after the meeting were the Dutch Ambassador, J. C. Henneman, and British Ambassador, Sian MacLeod, who expressed her appreciation for the work of The Salvation Army

A benefit concert at the theatre in the evening was hosted by TV presenters Adéla en Dalibor Gondík. Well-known Czech artists gave their services, including singer Ilona Csáková, boys choir Boni Puerí, and the band Poste Restante. During the programme Pavla Vopelakova, assistant to the national leader, spoke about the work of The Salvation Army in the Czech Republic.

Sunday began with a meeting in The Salvation Army’s hostel in Prague, during which Wil van Vliet and Envoy Koos Tinga received certificates recognizing their exceptional service to The Salvation Army. Both are Dutch Salvationists and employees who have been involved with the work in the Czech Republic since it restarted. Tonda Plachy and Pavla Vopelakova were also recognized with certificates.

A highlight in this meeting was the appointment of Pavol and Petra Kristofovi as envoys. After the ceremony conducted by the territorial commander, the Dutch bandsmen and other Dutch visitors sang a benediction based on words from Numbers 6. The benediction is not known in Czech but after the commissioner explained the words and the final ‘Amen’ was sung the congregation responded with a long reverential silence.

The afternoon open-air meeting caught the attention of people who were out enjoying the lovely weather. Many stopped to listen and Czech Salvationists were able to talk with some of them about faith and the gospel of Jesus.

Many contacts were made during these days of celebrations and the Czech Salvation Army was able to testify about the Lord Jesus in different ways and to many people.

March through Prague

Rockets and Levy Restaurants to Serve Up Thanksgiving Meals for 150 Women and Children from The Salvation Army

The Houston Rockets will team up with Levy Restaurants to serve an early Thanksgiving meal to 150 women and children from the local chapter of The Salvation Army. The meal will be prepared by Levy Restaurants chefs and served by Rockets players, coaches, their wives and team executives. Clutch, the Rockets lovable mascot, will also be on hand to provide holiday cheer and entertainment.

WHEN:
Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010
1:30 PM (following the conclusion of practice)

WHERE:
Toyota Center
94-95 Room (US Level)
**Media should sign in and enter through the Administration Entrance**

WHO:
Rockets players, coaches, their wives and team executives
Rockets mascot Clutch

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