The Salvation Army kicked off the Tree of Lights Campaign Nov. 7 with a tree-lighting at the St. Louis Outlet Mall. The event included a visit from Santa Claus via fire truck and everyone in attendance received complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. The large, beautiful Blue Spruce tree used for the event was generously donated by Lois Foster
This article originally appeared as an Op-Ed by the Divisional Commander of the Midland Division, Major Lonneal Richardson, in the St. Louis American on September 25.
Children worry about a whole host of things, like homework, relationships with friends, and whether or not they’re wearing the newest fashions and trends. These are things we all worry about in our younger years. But children today are coping with an issue not even adults should be accustomed to.
Every year, thousands of kids and adults come to Camp Mihaska and other Salvation Army camps around the world to experience something wonderful. Visit The Salvation Army’s Annual Report to see the impact programs like camp have on the millions of people we serve every year.
(Kansas City, September 18, 2013) —The Salvation Army, Kansas and Western Missouri Division, is sending an emergency disaster services (EDS) team to Colorado to assist with relief efforts after days of deadly flash flooding in the state. Salvation Army Officer Lt. Lynn Lopez and EDS volunteer Kay Mollett, both from Emporia, Kansas, will leave for Denver early Wednesday morning in a Salvation Army disaster vehicle, also known as a mobile canteen. The canteen will be stocked with food and water to provide meals to flood survivors and first responders. It will join eight other Salvation Army mobile canteens currently serving those affected by the flooding in Colorado.
(DENVER, September 16, 2013) —As of Sunday, September 15, Salvation Army emergency disaster services personnel had provided first responders and evacuees of the Colorado floods with more than 10,000 meals, drinks and nutritional items in just 72 hours.
The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster relief at the following locations:
At the River City Rascals game on August 31, Century Link District Manager of Northeast Missouri Tony Hoffman (left) presented a $2,500 check to Captain Ron Key (center) and Major Paul Ferguson. These dollars will be used to support The Salvation Army’s shelter in O’Fallon, Missouri which houses 28 people nightly and is at capacity the majority of the time. Our most sincere thanks to Century Link for their generosity.
When Maplewood based Sense Corp had an employee picnic, they had a lot of leftovers. And those leftovers turned into smiles and full bellies when they delivered eggs, bacon, bread, pork and salad to The Salvation Army’s Maplewood Corps Worship and Community Center.
“We’re so grateful for the generosity of Sense Corp,” said Tom Kovach, Director of Corporate Relations at The Salvation Army. “There is a constant need for food and other resources, and this is a perfect example of how businesses can instantly help take care of their communities.”
The Salvation Army’s O’Fallon food pantry may be forced to turn hundreds of hungry St. Louisans away this week as its reserves near depletion.
The food pantry has struggled to handle the influx of need in recent years, but this would be the first time in recent memory that shelves are empty.
“The cupboards are bare; they are truly bare,” said Major Paul Ferguson, commanding officer for the Army’s O’Fallon Community and Worship Center. “I can’t remember a time since we’ve been here that it’s been this bad.”
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch/Warning for the St. Louis region and The Salvation Army has opened its cooling centers in response.
An Excessive Heat Advisory is issued when the Heat Index (HI) is expected to reach a minimum of 105 for at least 3 hours with a minimum temperature at night in the middle 70s or higher.
Those seeking refuge from the heat may go to the following Salvation Army locations:
· Alton 525 Alby St. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
· Granite City 3007 East 23rd St. 9 a.m.-noon & 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
· East St. Louis 616 North 16th St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
· Belleville Corps 20 Glory Place 10 a.m.-Noon & 1p.m.-2:30 p.m.
· Arnold Corps 3740 Telegraph Rd. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
· Euclid Corps 2618 North Euclid Ave. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
· Temple Corps 2740 Arsenal St. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
· Gateway Citadel Corps 824 Union Rd. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
· Family Haven 10740 Page Ave. 8 a.m.-Noon & 1 p.m.-4:15p.m.
· Maplewood 7701 Rannells Ave. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
· St. Charles Corps 2140 N. Fourth St. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
· O’Fallon Corps #1 William Booth Dr. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Salvation Army, along with several other organizations, partner with the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Operation Weather Survival (OWS) to open these cooling centers. OWS is a network of public and private organizations that coordinate resources to help the National Weather Service by educating the public on how to prevent illness and death caused by extreme hot or cold weather and to organize the cooling centers.
People may call 1-800-427-4626 or 211, the United Way of Greater St. Louis Information & Referral Services, for the locations and hours of operation of other cooling sites or for additional assistance with heat-related problems.
Throw together some trash bags and duct tape and you’ll have a pile of garbage. But let The Salvation Army get a hold of it, and you’ll have a collection of high-fashion wears that belong on a runway.
The second annual Garbage Bag Gala was held Aug. 2 at The Moonrise Hotel in front of approximately 200 enthusiastic guests who helped raised $13,000 for the Army’s programs and services. Using recyclables and items most people would throw away, The Salvation Army and a team of more than 20 talented designers teamed-up to display unique and fashion-forward designs while simultaneously raising awareness for the Army’s homeless and social-service programs.
LONDON, 3 August 2013—Commissioner André Cox, a Swiss-British Salvation Army officer, has been elected as the 20th General of the Christian church and charity. The election took place at the High Council, which saw 117 of The Salvation Army’s senior leaders from around the world gather just outside London for the sacred task of choosing the next international leader.
The Salvation Army Midland Division’s communications department recently visited Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, Ill., in an effort to learn more about the Army’s services offered to prisoners. This is the second post in a two-part series about what they learned from their experience. This post is written by Ashley Kuenstler, Content Specialist for The Salvation Army and Cardinals Fan extraordinaire.
Nathaniel knew his wife was cheating on him. He had been slamming drink after drink at a local bar when a friend called to tell him there was a man at his house who shouldn’t be there.
A familiar sight is ushering in the holiday season around St. Louis as The Salvation Army kicks off its Red Kettle Campaign. And this year, you may start seeing the signature kettles in unfamiliar places. Especially this weekend.
It’s a tradition that’s been upheld in St. Louis for decades and represents hope for the struggling: the sound of a small, ringing bell alongside a bright-red kettle. The money raised from The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is being used to help more people than ever before, and as a result, volunteers donning kettles and bells may now be seen at intersections and on street corners throughout St. Louis city and county.
For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe that The Salvation Army does not serve members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community. These accusations simply aren’t true.
Since its founding nearly 150 years ago, The Salvation Army has lived out its mission: To meet human needs in His name, without discrimination. People who come to the Army for assistance will be served according to their need and our capacity to help – regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
ABOVE: Phillip Mangano, the former National Homeless policy Czar under both Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, discusses homelessness and how to address it.
Phillip Mangano, who led the nation’s homelessness policy for seven years, was extremely impressed with the Veterans Residence, saying, “This is the nicest facility with comprehensive services for residents that I’ve seen in the country.”
Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson, left, addresses the crowd during the canteen dedication.
Thanks to the generous support of partners United Way of Greater St. Louis and Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., The Salvation Army was able to purchase the canteens to better serve communities afflicted with disaster. The canteens will replace older models in St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and Joplin.
The Salvation Army of St. Louis is honored to have received recognition from the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) at the 17th Annual Greater St. Louis Top 50 Awards. The RCGA selects 50 businesses that have “positively affected the future of our business community” in areas including “growth in number of employees, enhancement of the community, revenue growth, acquisitions, green/sustainable efforts, and the expansion/development of facilities.”
“As we kick off our Tree of Lights campaign, this recognition is a symbol of our ongoing commitment to the St. Louis region,” said Major Lonneal Richardson, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Midland Division serving Missouri and Southern Illinois. “We are so grateful to be recognized, and we are proud to carry this honor through the most important time of the year for our organization.”
We are thrilled to receive this recognition: many thanks to the RCGA for honoring us, and congratulations to our fellow recipients for this award.
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