Here at The Salvation Army, we love a do-gooder! One of our favorites is Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul’s family foundation is responsible for a lot of good around Los Angeles as is the very generous team he plays for. Last Friday we got to see what the Chris Paul Family Foundation and Denise Booth’s crew from the L.A. Clippers Foundation did to create an environment for learning and play at The Salvation Army in Compton, California.
Did you know that The Salvation Army began in East London on 2 July 1865, founded by William and Catherine Booth? Today, our international church and charity meets human needs without discrimination in 126 countries worldwide. To honor our 150 years of service, we’re asking friends and supporters to join us to send an anniversary greeting via social media on July 2. We’re using Thunderclap, the “crowd-speaking” app to send out this message from multiple accounts at the same time.
Have you ever wondered where a homeless job searcher would keep their pet while looking for work? Showing up for an interview with a dog on a leash or a birdcage in hand probably doesn’t make a good first-impression. And for those who live in their car, leaving a pet inside is a major no no in many climates. On an even more serious note, can you imagine leaving your beloved family dog with an abusive spouse so you could flee to safety?
Next week is a major holiday we observe here at The Salvation Army in the US. It’s not a religious holiday imbued with deep meaning and eternal significance. No, it’s National Donut Day on Friday June 5th.
In keeping with our tradition to honor this fine day by revering our nation’s veterans and eating donuts (surprise!), here’s a list of activities that are open to the public so you can make this holiday part of your life too!
Frankly, I don’t know how anyone could improve on the taste of a traditional old-fashioned donut (my favorite taste in all of creation) but a small chain of donut shops in Hawaii is willing to try! And they want your help coming up with the NEXT BIG THING in donut cuisine. Regal Bakery locations in Honolulu, Hawaii are honoring National Donut Day on Friday, June 5 by announcing the winner of their new donut flavor contest and saluting the good work of The Salvation Army too.
On May 15, recently-retired Salvation Army Major Martin Cooper got on his bike. He’s riding 3,000 miles across the United States to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in this country and raise money all along his route. For 30 years, he and his wife have fed hungry families, sheltered homeless people, and walked alongside those who are battling addictions. But Major Cooper knows as well as anybody that there’s still so much more to do.
Contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith has an impressive number of career highlights to his credit. He’s a three-time Grammy Award winner, an American Music Award recipient, and has earned 40 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. But best of all, he’s performing live at a big Salvation Army event on Friday night June 12 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium at 7PM and you can come! Purchase your tickets at www.ticketmaster.com
Salvation Army Captain Jennifer Cortez doesn’t have a building but she has a flock of 800 souls she’s served through The Salvation Army’s Mobile Ministry. Her schedule is packed and she works hard but says that the ministry’s following is not because of anything she’s done.
“It’s not because I am good, it’s because Jesus is doing His work through the Holy Spirit. People notice that,” said Captain Cortez.
“During times of disaster, it is crucial for our response teams to provide relief as quickly as possible, and supporters like FedEx ensure that we have the means to do so,” said Lieutenant Colonel William Mockabee, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO).
The Salvation Army East India Territory’s initial response is focused on emergency relief – shelter, water and sanitation – as well the emotional and spiritual support. As the disaster unfolds and we move from emergency response to relief and recovery, our response will broaden and depend on the needs of the Army in the area.
This is National Volunteer Week and all over the United States The Salvation Army is paying tribute to the humble souls who give their time and talent to make life better for other people. We want to thank each of you for the good you do for mankind by loving God’s people so well.