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Yesterday morning at “zero dark thirty” – 4:00AM to be exact – Major Butch Soriano took up his bell and starting ringing at his kettle in front of the Walmart in Murrieta, California. “Why so early, Major Butch?,” you ask. He’s on a quest for bellringing history.
Every year the iconic red kettles are filled day after day during the holiday season by people who want to do good. Kettle donors say they want to feed their hungry neighbors, bring someone in from the cold, give a gift to a child whose parents can’t afford Christmas or one of many hundreds of reasons. What’s yours?
The Chicago Cubs didn’t end their 2014 season on top but in 1932 they played against the New York Yankees in the fall classic. During that fourth game one of the Cubs’ most ardent fans ended her own season.
Her name was Eliza Shirley.
Salvation Army bands are not just part of our culture, they’re part of yours too. With references to the band in works by Bill Cosby, 80s’ folk group Dream Academy, and in dozens of films such as Seabiscuit, It’s a Wonderful Life and even Three Days of the Condor, the Army is almost as well known for its bands as it is anything else!
Internationally acclaimed artist Ignacio Aranda Gomez studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. While in school he participated in a 1969 project which featured work by Art Center students in a New York Times advertising supplement about The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army staff at our International Headquarters in London is asking that all friends of the Army and those of us who manage Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr accounts for the Army sign up to share a special Founder’s Day message on July 2. We’ll be using a social media utility called Thunderclap to send out a simultaneous social media message across a number of platforms.
“To be where you are needed takes money. Lots of it. More people than ever will be turning to the Salvation Army for assistance and comfort. The Army doesn’t want to disappoint them. Give generously now. The Army helps now.”
Artist Ronald Ayon created a beautiful tribute to the family reunions we help facilitate through our Missing Persons Department with the stylized Salvation Army shield pictured here. His work was featured in a 1969 New York Times advertising supplement that promoted the good work of the Army in New York City.