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We’re using @CommuniGift to kick off Back to School in SoCal!
July 22, 2014 – | No Comment

Do you remember the excitement of the first day of school? Wearing a new outfit, equipped with new notebooks, pencils, backpack and unlimited possibility! Share that memory by assisting an in-need child get ready for the upcoming school year.

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Salvation Army Kroc Center member gets life-changing gift from employee
July 15, 2014 – | No Comment

Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Suisun City, California

Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Suisun City, California

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers – we just call them Kroc Centers – are a gathering place for the cities and neighborhoods they serve.

People join a Kroc Center to find community and meet their health and fitness goals in a supportive, friendly environment.

Lewis Williams got that and much, much more. He is a member of our Kroc Center in Suisun City, which is located in California’s Solano County, about 20 miles from the famous Napa Valley.

A former law enforcement officer, Williams was diagnosed in 2000 with a renal disease that caused his kidney to attack its filtering system. His doctors said it would be at least eight years before it would be his turn on the transplant list.

Kroc Center employee Sidney Clark knew about Williams’ diagnosis and need for a new kidney so he told colleague Christopher Hernandez the story.

What Hernandez did next will surprise you and bring you to tears! Click here to read the rest of the story on the Daily Republic newspaper website.

:: Click here to like the Suisun City Kroc Center on Facebook
:: Click this link to find out more about membership at the Suisun City Kroc Center
:: Click here to take a virtual tour of the Suisun City Kroc Center

A kindly volunteer, Salvation Army, & Mexican consulate help a man find his home
July 8, 2014 – | No Comment
A kindly volunteer, Salvation Army, & Mexican consulate help a man find his home

Last week my colleague Kevin White called with an incredible story. He works at The Salvation Army in Orange County, California and was able to witness a small miracle come together. Here’s what he told me.

Phoenix-area cooling stations help locals beat the extreme heat
July 2, 2014 – | No Comment
Phoenix-area cooling stations help locals beat the extreme heat

It gets dangerously hot during the summer months in the Phoenix area. So hot that people without a cool home or office to go to are at significant risk of exposure and dehydration. That’s why our staff in the aptly-named Valley of the Sun work with Safeway stores and Arizona Family’s 3TV to collect bottles of water to distribute throughout the season at our local cooling stations.

“Being paroled from prison doesn’t give a man his freedom, except from prison walls.”
June 27, 2014 – | No Comment
“Being paroled from prison doesn’t give a man his freedom, except from prison walls.”

Internationally acclaimed artist Ignacio Aranda Gomez studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. While in school he participated in a 1969 project which featured work by Art Center students in a New York Times advertising supplement about The Salvation Army.

Join us to wish The Salvation Army a Happy Founders Day via social media
June 24, 2014 – | No Comment
Join us to wish The Salvation Army a Happy Founders Day via social media

The Salvation Army staff at our International Headquarters in London is asking that all friends of the Army and those of us who manage Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr accounts for the Army sign up to share a special Founder’s Day message on July 2. We’ll be using a social media utility called Thunderclap to send out a simultaneous social media message across a number of platforms.

“To be where you are needed takes money. Lots of it.”
June 20, 2014 – | Comments Off
“To be where you are needed takes money. Lots of it.”

“To be where you are needed takes money. Lots of it. More people than ever will be turning to the Salvation Army for assistance and comfort. The Army doesn’t want to disappoint them. Give generously now. The Army helps now.”

The Salvation Army helps people “…get reunited, they way they should be.”
June 13, 2014 – | Comments Off
The Salvation Army helps people “…get reunited, they way they should be.”

Artist Ronald Ayon created a beautiful tribute to the family reunions we help facilitate through our Missing Persons Department with the stylized Salvation Army shield pictured here. His work was featured in a 1969 New York Times advertising supplement that promoted the good work of the Army in New York City.

@HighplainsThrifter shares shopping tips in Salvation Army publication
June 10, 2014 – | Comments Off
@HighplainsThrifter shares shopping tips in Salvation Army publication

On of my favorite people to follow on Instagram is a bit of celebrity in the thrifting world. Her name is Meghan McAndrews and her account is called HighplainsThrifter. Her Instagram posts are fun, sweet and inspiring.

“For all men are one in the spirit of Christ”
June 6, 2014 – | Comments Off
“For all men are one in the spirit of Christ”

Created by an artist named Pippa Garner, nee Philip Vincent Garner, the Russian matryoshka dolls in this stunning ad depict a traditional Christmas story. There’s Jesus, the savior whose birth we celebrate. And Santa Claus who brings gifts for the children. But there are also three Salvation Army officers who make sure Christ is honored and needs are met in His name.