For centuries Christians around the world have observed Lent in preparation for Easter as a way of drawing near and reflecting on Jesus’ death and resurrection and preparing themselves for baptism. This year we want to suggest adding a Lenten observance that’s a little more public. One where instead of – or in addition to – giving something up, you give something back.
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?
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!
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.
There’s a lot of talk around The Salvation Army about kids this time of year. Our legendary Christmas programs include a number of ways for do gooders to care for kids whose families struggle to afford Christmas. We’ve got Adopt-A-Family, Angel Tree and my favorite program – the Toy and Joy shops which allow parents […]
Like people, companies have values. And they often have hearts too. Two grocery stores and one beauty product company decided that they could do some good this Christmas season for people in need by going a little above and beyond. PAQ Inc. Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Markets are long-time supporters of our traditional […]
The Salvation Army in California’s Bay Area, the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments, Slow Food USA, Oakland Fire Department, San Francisco Emergency Management department and Pacific Gas & Electric Company are getting together right now for the first-ever T.O.P Chef competition.
Earlier this week there was a massive structure fire in the Mission Bay District of San Francisco. Two teams of Salvation Army Emergency Disaster pros and volunteers were deployed immediately in mobile kitchens – about the size of a standard parcel delivery truck – to serve food, beverages and moral support to the 400 firefighters on hand and those evacuated from their apartments.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s guns, to be exact. One of his now-famous ‘guns’ was fashioned into a cake by the culinary artists at Village Baking Co & Cafe in Modesto, California and orders poured in. They have one last cake and are taking $10 donations from folks who want to be entered into a drawing to win it. The money raised will go to The Salvation Army Red Shield in Modesto.
Captain Michael Paugh is The Salvation Army leader in Modesto, California. He and his wife Beth are responsible for several programs that serve people in need in the Central California town. Their hometown newspaper, the Modesto Bee, recently did a sweet story on Captain Michael’s brand new music ministry. Click here for a link to it.