New Family Store Opens in Grayson County!

For more than 50 years, The Salvation Army of Grayson County has helped people in need with services through the local Family Store. This week, we will be opening a new and improved Family Store located at 426 West Houston Street.

           

But, did you know The Salvation Army Family Store in Grayson County provides more than just reasonable prices on necessary merchandise? The Salvation Army also has a fulltime Social worker who works with families and people in need in the community to provide clothing and furniture vouchers that allow people to receive basic, necessary items free of charge.

 

In addition, The Salvation Army also runs a Back to School Program through the Family Store which provides clothing for children who would otherwise have nothing new to wear when beginning the school year. Store sales also go to directly help cover the costs of other Grayson County Salvation Army programs, such as the Family Shelter and Boys and Girls Club.

 

The Salvation Army is thankful to the community for their donations and patronage. Please stop by and shop with us this week when we open the doors to our new downtown Family Store!

 

The Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on June 2nd at 11:30 a.m. complete with a ribbon cutting and the familiar mobile disaster unit stocked with refreshments.

Camp Hoblitzelle – Twins Ashley and Alyssa

 

Exciting video highlighting the experiences of eight-year-old twins Ashley and Alyssa at Camp Hoblitzelle, the summer camp of The Salvation Army’s Texas Division in Midlothian, Texas. See all the great activities from swimming, crafts, and games to horseback riding and water sports!

Historical Exhibit: First 120 years in Greater Houston Region

 


The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command in partnership with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the Harbor Light International Gallery will debut a special Historical Exhibit commemorating its first 12 decades of service to the Greater Houston region at the Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building, starting May 14th.

This FREE exhibit will showcase rare original artifacts from the Harbor Light Gallery and the Research Center through June 20, 2009, and will feature the John Milsaps collection, regarded the largest historical collection of The Salvation Army in the United States. In 1889, a single female officer by the name of Captain French inaugurated The Salvation Army here in Houston.

Salvation Army Awards Children for their Winning Art Pieces!

On May 12th in Houston, Texas dozens of school-age children, grades 1st to 12th were honored for their participation in The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s 120th Anniversary Citywide Art Contest. First, Second and Third place winners received an award for their achievements and have been invited to celebrate with their families at the Central Library in downtown Houston.

Through a partnership with the Houston Public Library system, the winning entries will be on display at the Central Library through June 20, 2009. The Citywide Art Contest was open to all school-age children living in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, and was held in honor of the nonprofit organization’s 120th anniversary this year. If you’re in the area, stop by to see the artwork of these talented kids!

The 120th Anniversary Citywide Art Contest was held in honor of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s first 12 decades of service to the local region and was open to all school-age children living in Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery counties. Winners were selected by Salvation Army staff and The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board.

 

Salvation Army Provides Relief During Texas Wildfires

First responders cool off at canteen

Salvation Army response was deemed necessary during the Easter holiday weekend, and disaster workers quickly moved to action taking mobile feeding units full of food and water to serve victims and first responders. Canteens deployed came from Ft. Worth, McKinney and Sherman, Texas.

To date it has been reported that the fires have damaged over 192,000 acres of land across North Texas. The majority of people served through The Salvation Army efforts have been first responders and over 500 people have received emergency services through the canteens.

“Most of the people we have been serving are first responders, firefighters and forestry workers. Hundreds of victims were able to find refuge with their families and friends. We prepared for the worst case scenario and will remain until we are no longer needed,” said Major James Taylor, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army of Texas.

The Salvation Army began preparing as early as Thursday afternoon last week, to respond to the Wildfires which sprung up across North Texas that same day. Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers from across the state were put on standby and ordered to stock, fuel and prepare the fleet of mobile feeding units for deployment to areas most damaged by the fires.

The Salvation Army Faces Uncertain Situation with Residents of Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo, N.D. According to a report from Captain Adam Moore, The Salvation Army of Fargo is responding to a rapidly deteriorating and unstable situation by providing meals, snacks, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those who are being affected by and fighting against the rising water levels of the rivers and streams in the Red River Valley. More than 30 clay levies and hundreds of sandbag dikes are being built. The potential for wide-spread damage is great if the levies and dikes are not erected in time or one of them fails between the crest and recession of the river.

Six Canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) and three emergency response trailers are on site in Fargo. Five Canteen Teams are providing mobile feeding and hydration throughout the community with one fixed site at “Sandbag Central”. The Salvation Army and American Red Cross are working in collaboration to meet the needs of the community.

Over the past few days, 17 officers and employees, along with hundreds of volunteers have filled sandbags, offered meals and hydration, and have been a comforting presence as the community has come together to work to prevent massive flooding.

By Tuesday evening, March 24th, more than 500,000 sand bags were filled and 95 percent of the levies and dikes were thought to be completed. The Salvation Army had spent more than 2,000 hours serving more than 28,000 prepared meals, 94,000 drinks and 103,000 snacks to workers and volunteers at the flood prevention sites. Overall, more than 110,000 people were helped in the early stages of this operation.

Wednesday’s plan was to complete the remaining 5 percent of the levies and dike and move into a maintenance phase. By Wednesday evening (March 25th), it had become apparent that the waters would continue to rise. Sandbagging operations, thought to be mostly complete, were extended again to 24 hours a day and The Salvation Army was opening a shelter in Moorhead, Minn., as up to 30 homes in Fargo appeared to be in jeopardy of being lost to the rising floodwaters.

Please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate or get the latest relief updates. All donations for this relief effort should be designated to “The Salvation Army Minnesota/North Dakota Disaster Relief.”

$130 Million Raised During 2008 Fundraising Campaign

Alexandria, VA (March 17, 2009) – Donations to The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles set a new national record of $130 million in 2008, surpassing the previous record of $118 million set in 2007.  The $130 million raised represents a 10 percent growth in donations year-over-year – the largest one-year jump since 1997.

Geographically, the Army saw large increases in donations to its kettles in the Eastern and Southern territories, by 19 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the Western and Central territories experienced giving increases between 5 and 7 percent. The Army’s overall national growth in spite of the ongoing economic downturn is attributed to the continuous generosity of the American people, a large breadth of corporate partnerships and the greater application of innovative tech-based approach to fundraising.

“We know that Americans always give more in time of need, so we were confident that they would again respond to the call with an outstanding show of generosity. We thank all the donors, volunteers and corporate partners for their contributions and stand resolute in our Mission to serve those who need it most,” said Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “The Red Kettle campaign is stronger than ever as it must be during these challenging times.”

Notably, donations to red kettles at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores accounted for more than $34 million or 26 percent of the total raised.  Following a $1.25 million grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations hosted bell ringers and red kettles on November 8 for a pre-campaign “special day of giving” to give extra support to local communities facing tough economic times.

“In these tough economic times, we have set out to help address unmet, immediate needs in the communities that we serve. Because of this commitment, our partnership with The Salvation Army has become more important than ever,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation. “We are committed to making charitable contributions that have an impact, and are proud that our customers are willing to donate to the Red Kettle campaign and help their neighbors make ends meet.”

To help spur donations in 2008, The Salvation Army offered new tech-savvy ways to give. For donors who don’t regularly carry money, the Army tested cashless red kettles in Denver, CO and Dallas, TX, that made it possible to donate via credit or debit card. Also, several locations piloted a text messaging service that allowed cell phone users to contribute via their phone bills. Internet giving, meanwhile, rose an impressive 28 percent this year for a total of $10 million during Christmas.

“This year we reached a new generation of donors we’ve never been able to reach before through the use of high-tech tools like cashless kettles, the Online Red Kettle, and the iPhone,” said Commissioner Gaither. “We also started using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, which allows friends and family of our supporters to donate more easily than years past via the internet.”

In addition, The Salvation Army worked with several corporate partners, which hosted kettles at stores, ran Red Kettle events, made direct donations, and/ or engaged in other promotional activities, including:

  • The Kroger Company’s well-known grocery banners hosted kettles at store locations across the country, raising $10.6 million, or 8 percent of the campaign total;
  • Melodeo, a provider of digital media, developed The Salvation Army Holiday Music application for the iPhone, which played a variety of classic Christmas songs. The application sold for $2.99, with $1 going to the Army;
  • The National Hockey League (NHL) hosted Online Red Kettles on team websites, which saw hockey fans to donate to the Army’s Online Red Kettle Campaign;
  • Shell Oil raised $100,000 for The Salvation Army through the “Change is Good, Giving is Better” promotion;
  • Target made two separate $1 million donations to the Campaign and also sold Salvation Army Christmas items, including ornaments and CDs in stores with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Army.


    Shell Lubricants Presents $100,000 Check to The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army kicked off the 2008 Red Kettle Campaign with the Dallas Cowboys and the chart-topping Jonas Brothers band. The Jonas brothers (Kevin, Nick, and Joe) performed at the 12th annual Red Kettle Campaign in front of a nationally television audience at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game to support the Army. Jonas Brothers also hosted their own Online Red Kettle and took part in various promotional activities. Nearly $1.2 billion has been raised in the 12 years the Army has worked alongside the Dallas Cowboys.

    From its humble beginnings as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable outreach efforts in the United States. As part of the drive, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers fan out across the country to ring bells and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. The nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars (and the occasional diamond ring or gold tooth) are all used to help those in the communities where they were raised. Last year, the funds helped The Salvation Army serve nearly 29 million Americans in need, including nearly 5 million who received holiday assistance such as toys, coats, rent and utility aid, among other services.

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    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Salvation Army in Pakistan responds to earthquake

    Disasters come in many forms, both natural and manmade, always devastating to those involved. With that constant awareness of people’s needs, we often are among the first on the scene when disaster strikes. Officers are trained to meet all kinds of emergencies by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. Our mobile kitchens have become a familiar sight for firemen, policemen and victims alike.

    Hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches and complete meals fill vital needs when homes are destroyed and people are hungry.

    We work with emergency management personnel and many other organizations to form a cooperative team during such difficult times. Each year, millions of volunteers come forward during times of disaster to give their time and effort when it is most needed.

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    History of The Salvation Army

    William Booth embarked upon his ministerial career in 1852. His crusade was to win the lost multitudes of London to Christ. He went into the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.

    Booth abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit and took his message to the people. His fervor led to disagreement with the leaders of the church in London. They preferred traditional measures. As a result, he withdrew from the church and traveled throughout England conducting evangelistic meetings. His wife, Catherine, was a major force in The Salvation Army movement.

    In 1865, William Booth was invited to hold a series of evangelistic meetings in the east end of London. He set up a tent in a Quaker graveyard and his services became an instant success. This proved to be the end of his wanderings as an independent traveling evangelist. His renown as a religious leader spread throughout London. His followers were a vigorous group dedicated to fight for the souls of men and women.

    Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers and drunkards were among Booth’s first converts to Christianity. His congregations were desperately poor. He preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead them to Christ and to link them to a church for further spiritual guidance. Even though they were converted, churches did not accept Booth’s followers because of what they had been. Booth gave their lives direction in a spiritual manner and put them to work to save others who were like themselves. They too preached and sang in the streets as a living testimony to the power of God.

    In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers. By 1874, the numbers had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists. They served under the name “The Christian Mission.” Booth assumed the title of a General Superintendent. His followers called him “General.” Known as the “Hallelujah Army,’” the converts spread out of the east end of London into neighboring areas and then to other cities.

    Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the 1878 Annual Report when the noticed the statement, ‘”The Christian Mission under the Superintendent’s of the Rev. William Booth is a volunteer army. He crossed out the words “Volunteer Army’” and penned in “Salvation Army’” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army which was adopted in August of that same year.

    Converts became soldiers of Christ and are known as Salvationists. They launched an offensive throughout the British Isles. In some instances there were real battles as organized gangs mocked and attacked soldiers as they went about their work. In spite of the violence and persecution, some 250,000 persons were converted under the ministry of the Salvationists between 1881 and 1885.

    Meanwhile, the Army was gaining a foothold in the United States. Lieutenant Eliza Shirley had left England to join her parents who had migrated to America earlier in search of work. She held the first meeting of The Salvation Army in America in Philadelphia in 1879. The Salvationists were received enthusiastically. Shirley wrote to General Booth begging for reinforcements. None were available at first. Glowing reports of the work in Philadelphia convinced Booth to send an official group to pioneer the work in America in 1880.

    On March 10, 1880, Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven women officers knelt on the dockside at Battery Park in New York City to give thanks for their safe arrival. This was to be their first official street meeting held in the United States. These pioneers were to be met with similar unfriendly actions, as was the case in Great Britain. They were ridiculed, arrested and attacked. Several officers and soldiers even gave their lives.

    Three years later, Railton and the seven “Hallelujah Lassies”‘ had expanded their operation into California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    President Grover Cleveland received a delegation of Salvation Army officers in 1886 and gave the organization a warm personal endorsement. This was the first recognition from the White House that was to be followed by similar receptions from succeeding presidents of the United States.

    Termed as the “invasion of the United States,” The Salvation Army movement expanded rapidly to Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland and Germany. Currently in the United States, there are more than 10,000 local neighborhood units, and The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world.

    History of The Salvation Army in Texas

    The Salvation Army in Texas was started by an Italian Naval Captain named Adam Janelli. Janelli met The Salvation Army while on a trip to Calcutta, India. There he attended one of the meetings and was so touched by the message that he became one of the most unassuming Salvation Army personalities Texas and the United States have ever known.

    In 1888, Janelli came to America and settled in Dallas, Texas. One day, the rough citizens of the then frontier town, were startled out of their composure when Janelli, wearing his Salvation Army uniform, took up a position on a downtown street corner and began preaching. Every time he preached was a great success. People were finding Christ. Eager to get The Salvation Army established in Texas, Janelli would write letters to General William Booth in London asking that Officers be sent to Texas. His letter barrage got so thick that the official word was given, and The Salvation Army of Texas opened in 1889.

    Janelli gave both material and spiritual help to the poor and homeless, and to the people of Dallas, he became known as “Mr. Salvation Army.” The people of Dallas could not recall a time that they did not see Janelli in his uniform. Many people doubted that he had any other clothes in his possession.

    Today, The Salvation Army in Texas is thriving through the support of people like you. Currently, in Texas, we have more than 155 Officers; all of whom are ordained ministers; more than 1,600 employees and thousands of volunteers, all committed to furthering the mission of The Salvation Army and helping those in need in Jesus’ name.