Every day, Salvation Army do gooders – whether they work here full time or support our mission in their spare time – dream up ways to create good and lasting change for people in need. We’re always working on new and existing programs, bright ideas and special projects to give people opportunities they don’t know how to make on their own. One of our favorite ways to create good and lasting change is to make sure kids from low-income families are excited about school and have everything they need to succeed.
More than thirty athletes from Haiti, Benin and Suriname will be guests of The Salvation Army in Redondo Beach for breakfast this week in the lead up to the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony on Saturday, July 25th. The athletes range in age from 16 to 40 years old are are staying at hotels in the Redondo Beach area. Each morning they’ll be shuttled to The Salvation Army on Beryl Street for scrambled eggs, waffles, bagels and cream cheese, and fresh fruit!
What happens when someone can’t afford to pay their tickets? If they can’t pay the fine, their unpaid tickets mount up and their license is suspended or their car is towed to an impound lot. Sadly, for many low-income or working poor people, getting their car towed sets off a string of events that can lead to financial disaster.
Harry’s mom and dad are hard working and loving parents. They can afford to give him the basics but sometimes the extras many of us take for granted are beyond their reach. Like a birthday party with his friends, complete with cake and gifts.
Thankfully, that’s where our favorite new online do-gooding platform comes in handy: CommuniGift!
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.
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.
“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.