Salvation Army Texas Disaster Volunteer Featured in Sony Music Nashville/Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Online Rock The Red Kettle Event

Online Event Airs Wednesday, December 16 at 7 PM (CT) Supporting #RescueChristmas Campaign

Dallas, Texas (December 14, 2020) – Sony Music Nashville announces its partnership with The Salvation Army and Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of The Salvation Army’s “Rescue Christmas” campaign. The online Rock The Red Kettle special, airing on Wednesday, December 16 at 7 PM (CT), will feature Sony Music Nashville artists raising their voices, inspiring viewers to give what they can. The show will also include stories of Salvation Army service and impact around the country, featuring an interview with Linda Dowell, an Emergency Disaster Services volunteer from Granbury, Texas.

This year, The Salvation Army’s holiday season fundraising is more important than ever – millions of Americans are in need, and there is the daunting possibility of a 50% decrease in funds raised through the iconic Red Kettles due to the impacts of COVID-19. In response, Sony Music Nashville artists Robert Counts, Adam Doleac, Niko Moon, Mitchell Tenpenny and Rachel Wammack will perform Christmas favorites on the Rock the Red Kettle special in an effort to uplift and encourage viewers to support The Salvation Army’s efforts at

Produced by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Rock the Red Kettle special will air exclusively on Sinclair’s free, over-the-top streaming platform STIRR. The special will run on STIRR City (channel 1) on December 16 at 7 PM CT and again onSTIRR Music (channel 400) on December 17 at 11 AM CT. The STIRR app is available on Roku TV, Fire TV, Apple TV as well as iOS and Android devices or at

The Salvation Army Texas Division is excited that an interview with Linda Dowell, from Granbury, will be featured in the special. Linda has supported the local Service Unit for many years and first served as an EDS volunteer after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, providing support to survivors who had been displaced and were staying at The Salvation Army in Arlington. Most recently, Linda served in particularly demanding back-to-back deployments after Hurricanes Laura and Delta struck SE Texas and Louisiana.

“Our unit was deployed to Iowa, LA, after both storms this fall which meant that I was able to serve and minister to many of the same people. That was unique and very special to me,” said Linda, who was joined by her husband David for the second deployment. “While it may not be for everyone, I feel especially called to disaster ministry. Knowing that I can take care of a person’s basic need in the midst of a crisis, and also share a prayer and the love of Jesus, means a great deal to me.”

“The Salvation Army is prepared to serve more individuals and families this holiday season than ever before,” said Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “Our ability to rescue Christmas for millions of people will be directly attributable to support from the American public and partners like Sony Music Nashville and Sinclair Broadcast Group.” Sony Music Nashville’s Senior Director of Partnership Marketing, Nicole Marinake added, “Our Sony Music Nashville family of artists are thrilled to lend their voices to such an important cause with the Salvation Army’s mission to Rescue Christmas. More than ever, we know that music has the power to bring people together and we’re so grateful to both the Salvation Army and Sinclair for this collaboration that started with Kane Brown’s halftime performance on Thanksgiving and will stretch through the holidays.”

For more information about The Salvation Army or to make a donation, please go to or contact your local Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army and Walmart Create More Opportunities for People…

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (Nov. 2, 2020) To help meet the unprecedented level of need this holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army are working together to make it even easier for people to help others this Christmas. Building upon a 40-year relationship of supporting people in need during the holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army are bringing hope and joy to families through the expansion of programs like Angel Tree and Red Kettles, which will be out earlier, and, for the first time ever, round-up donations to The Salvation Army in-store and online.

The economic fallout of the ongoing health crisis has led to a new population of families and individuals facing unemployment and financial hardships that are expected to last through the holidays and well into the coming year. A recent study by Columbia University showed that nearly 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since May. As a result, The Salvation Army expects to serve up to 155 percent more people with holiday assistance this year, making fundraising efforts critical. With that in mind, both organizations are making it easier for customers to give to those in need this Christmas.

“Across the country, we are seeing an unprecedented level of need this year, and we expect that to continue into the holiday season and beyond,” said Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, national commander of The Salvation Army. “It’s through the support of the public and dedicated partners like Walmart that we are able to serve more than 23 million people in need each year. This year, as we continue to meet the high level of need, we’re particularly grateful for the partnership.”

The expanded partnership will involve most Walmart stores across the country and include:

  • Starting November 2, Walmart will offer customers the option to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to The Salvation Army. Customers can do this in stores at manned cash registers, on or through the Walmart app. The option to donate will run through December 31.
  • The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles and iconic bell ringers will be at participating Walmart stores even earlier this year, starting on Saturday, November 21. The Salvation Army is adopting nationally mandated safety protocols for physical kettles to help ensure the safety of bell ringers, donors and partners. Bell ringers will also be at select Sam’s Clubs across the country.
  • Salvation Army Angel Trees will appear in participating Walmart stores, giving local shoppers the opportunity to select a child or children from the tree and to purchase or drop off gifts onsite.
  • Those who prefer to do their shopping online can visit to find their closest Angel Tree Registry, either in-store or online. Through the site, customers can shop for gifts and have them delivered directly to a local Salvation Army.
  • Celebrities like DJ Khaled have taken up the #RescueChristmas Challenge, encouraging others to adopt an angel from The Salvation Army Angel Tree program in their hometown.

Visit to donate or learn more about how you can help The Salvation Army rescue Christmas this year. Every donation provides help and hope to the most vulnerable, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given. If you need services or know of someone in need, please visit to find a location near you.

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Save The Date…The Salvation Army’s Annual Appreciation Banquet

Save The Date

2017 Save The Date

The Salvation Army’s

Annual Appreciation Banquet

“Worth More Than Gold”

April 20th, 2017


Polk St. United Methodist Church

Amarillo, Texas

This banquet is to acknowledge all those that have assisted The Salvation Army in “Doing The Most Good” by partnering, giving their time, or providing resources this past year. Your partnerships are “Worth More Than Gold.” Please contact Stephanie Pena at if you are interested in attending.

Hearts Behind the Red Shield


Children 12 and under are free!




Christmas Dinner At The Salvation Army…No One Has To Be Alone For The Holidays!

Christmas Dinner At The Salvation Army

No One Has To Be Alone For The Holidays


The Salvation Army invites the Amarillo community to join us for Christmas dinner on Sunday December 25, 2016. If you find yourself alone or would love to partake in a Holiday Experience, please join us from 1pm – 3pm at The Salvation Army, 400 S. Harrison Street, Amarillo (Enter at 5th and Harrison door).  We will serve a restaurant style dining atmosphere complete with hostesses, a sit-down dinner, servers, and great table conversation. We are in need of home baked desserts. On Christmas Day we love for those who dine with us to have options just as most of us do in our own homes during the holidays. If you can’t give of your time that day maybe you can help out by baking a dessert! We would like to have all desserts turned in by 5pm Saturday December 24, 2015.

Remember, if you are looking for a great place to spend Christmas, we would love for you to be a part of our Holiday Experience at The Salvation Army of Amarillo. No one has to be alone for the holidays.

For more information about The Salvation Army programs, services, or to volunteer please call our main office at (806)373-6631 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 Needs Volunteers To Give Toys Away

We NEED Volunteers

Help Us With The Last Step To Make Christmas Happen


It’s time for our last step to complete our Christmas Assistance Program….distributing gifts to those who wouldn’t have a Christmas without The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. We have almost 2,000 children with thousands of gifts to distribute. We need as many organizations, church groups, small business office personnel, etc. to help organize and distribute all of the gifts received from our generous community. On our Distribution Days alone we need a minimum of 50 volunteers PER day. Lastly, after all the gifts have been distributed to families we need help cleaning up!

We need people to put bikes together, organize clothes, toys and generally make the Rex Baxter Building a professional distribution center.


Distribution Setup – December 17th, 19th, & 20th, 8:00am – ?  

Actual Distribution Days – December 21st, 2016, 1:00pm – 8:00pm

December 22nd, 2016, 1:00pm – 8:00pm 

Distribution Cleanup – December 23rd, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm 

For more information about The Salvation Army programs and services call our main office at (806)373-6631. To volunteer, please contact Lt. Stephanie Vincent at (806)373-6631, Ext. #75510 or by email at Secure donations can be made online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (Specify Amarillo). 

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