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Unless you live in Seattle, you probably haven’t seen The Salvation Army latest advertising campaign. Instead of billboards, bus bench signs and mall kiosks asking you to financially support people struggling with hunger, addiction or homelessness, the ads are targeted specifically to people in crisis.
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.
We’ve got some thank yous to make! Every year about this time, all the number crunching has been completed and we’re able to share the results of our recent Red Kettle Campaign.
Now, many of our local Salvation Army officers are making the rounds to thank their faithful volunteers who make Christmas possible for so many folks in need in their communities. Lt. Mark Stearns in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently had a big thank you to make to a Rotary Club that’s been raising money at the red kettles for 50 years!
Earl Stevens – better known to the fans of his more than 20 albums as E-40 – was in his hometown of Vallejo, California on Christmas Eve. He visited The Salvation Army to help distribute bikes and make a significant financial gift of $10,000!
The Salvation Army was born in 1865 in London so our UK colleagues have had many years of experience serving the locals. In typical Army fashion, they went where people in need could be found and rendered a sweet service yesterday: a band played Christmas carols with vocalists from the Royal College of Music wearing Victorian costume to entertain weary, stressed travelers at Heathrow Airport!
Over the years, many of our good friends in the film, television, music, and sports worlds have lent us their recognizable voices to record radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs). Have a listen to some of the PSAs recently uploaded to the SADropbox website by Josh Cowing in our MultiMedia Ministries department.
Tis the season to be merry and give thanks! During this wonderful time of year, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all of The Salvation Army’s corporate partners who continue to support our mission each year.
We recently received a sweet note from Joyce and Dana Becker. We had our first contact with them two years ago when Dana was diagnosed with rectal cancer Stage 3. They found a specialist in Chicago but didn’t have the money for the plane fare. That’s where The Salvation Army becomes part of this story.
Two Rivers Correctional Institute is in Umatilla, Oregon. There are about 1,700 medium security inmates at Two Rivers and 100 more minimum security inmates in fifteen housing units spread across the campus. For the last three years, employees have involved the prisoners in their efforts to raise money so they can buy Christmas gifts for kids in need through The Salvation Army.
Actor Bruce Boxleitner is the star of a great family holiday film this year called Silver Bells. In the film he plays Bruce Dalt, a hyper-competitive sportscaster and family man. But this isn’t the first time Boxleitner has used his talent to support the work of The Salvation Army!
Capt. James Brickson is a contestant in the World Record Bell Ringing competition being held now across the United States. He’s ringing in chilly Albert Lea, Minnesota. Eric Brickson wanted to support his brother across the country, so he streamed some video of his group performing four Christmas songs in California so Capt. Brickson could listen live from his ringing location.