Coca-Cola & Walmart #ShareHappiness with The Salvation Army

Walmart is supporting Coca-Cola’s efforts to give all families an opportunity to come together around the dinner table this holiday season. The partnership will include a generous donation to The Salvation Army to provide meals to families in need and we are SO grateful! Every photo customers share on social media of their family enjoying a meal with Coca-Cola using #GiveHappiness will support their e­fforts.

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Point of Sale program allows customers to care for their neighbors

Last week we featured a story here about the retail partners who say yes to our iconic red kettle. We’ll be forever grateful to them for their kindness to us and the people we serve. But what about the companies who have a “no solicitation” or other policy which will not permit them to welcome our kettles but still want to do good?

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Find a National Donut Day event in the Western US!

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.

Because, donuts.

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!

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Get your tickets to see Michael W. Smith at Salvation Army event

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

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Salvation Army helps outfit Pasadena students for the prom

According to a survey by Visa, it can cost as much than $1,000 to go to the prom in California. The prom isn’t everything to a high schooler but it’s something. Something important. So if there’s a way to make it possible for more kids who can’t afford it to have the experience, then shouldn’t we do it? Thankfully, my friend Pat Riley at The Salvation Army in Pasadena thinks so.

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A bit of history: The Salvation Army’s role in shielding Japanese orphans from internment

This year is the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which lead to the internment of Japanese Americans. The Salvation Army in Northern California moved Japanese orphans in their care to other facilities and worked to find relatives outside of California to take the children in, all in an effort to shield them from internment.

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WWII-era glamour girl appeared in this vintage Salvation Army TV spot

She starred as Elizabeth Bennett in an early film adaptation of Jane Austen’s masterpiece Pride and Prejudice but won an Oscar for her work in Mrs. Miniver. A major box office draw in the 40s, she filmed this brief television ad for The Salvation Army in the 1970s, featured below.

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Major Evelyn Chavez’ 9-11 journal – entry #3

“The continuous question is, “Where is God in this?” An interesting observation from the site is the companies helping with the clean up. Angel Water supplies our fresh water and is the water used in the pit to put out the fires that constantly flare up. Trinity Construction is one of the companies working and Grace Trucking Company hauls out the melted, twisted iron.”

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A week of 9-11 remembrance

Major Evelyn Chavez has been involved in responding to her share of major disasters: the Northridge earthquake; the school shootings in Columbine; at the Houston Astrodome after hurricane Katrina; and at a Port au Prince hospital in Haiti. Those were all big events but the two weeks she spent in The Salvation Army tent at Ground Zero after the 9-11 terrorist attacks will touch her heart in a special way for the rest of her life.

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Target sends thousands of kids back to school with confidence

Northern California student Angel Lopez is getting ready to go back to school and learn about his favorite subject – science. He was one of the 3,000 kids in The Salvation Army’s US Western Territory who shopped at Target on Tuesday for back to school during the yearly Target School Spree with The Salvation Army.

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Warm nights, cool water, & great flick!

Just image it; a hot muggy night, and you floating on an inner tube watching Gnomeo and Juliet on a big screen TV at the Kroc. Could a summer activity be any better?

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A report on Northern Cal’s 125th year of caring

The Salvation Army of Northern California and Nevada just posted their 2010 annual report video to YouTube! Hosted by Major Douglas Riley, the video highlights our service and financial statistics during our 125th year of caring for people during their time of need in the Del Oro Division.

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