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We’re using @CommuniGift to kick off Back to School in SoCal!
July 22, 2014 – | No Comment

Do you remember the excitement of the first day of school? Wearing a new outfit, equipped with new notebooks, pencils, backpack and unlimited possibility! Share that memory by assisting an in-need child get ready for the upcoming school year.

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A kindly volunteer, Salvation Army, & Mexican consulate help a man find his home
July 8, 2014 – | No Comment
A kindly volunteer, Salvation Army, & Mexican consulate help a man find his home

Last week my colleague Kevin White called with an incredible story. He works at The Salvation Army in Orange County, California and was able to witness a small miracle come together. Here’s what he told me.

Phoenix-area cooling stations help locals beat the extreme heat
July 2, 2014 – | One Comment
Phoenix-area cooling stations help locals beat the extreme heat

It gets dangerously hot during the summer months in the Phoenix area. So hot that people without a cool home or office to go to are at significant risk of exposure and dehydration. That’s why our staff in the aptly-named Valley of the Sun work with Safeway stores and Arizona Family’s 3TV to collect bottles of water to distribute throughout the season at our local cooling stations.

The Salvation Army helps people “…get reunited, they way they should be.”
June 13, 2014 – | Comments Off
The Salvation Army helps people “…get reunited, they way they should be.”

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.

Who ever heard of an Army that kills its enemies with kindness
May 23, 2014 – | Comments Off
Who ever heard of an Army that kills its enemies with kindness

Earlier this month my 90 year-old colleague – and car-pooling buddy – retired from her position at The Salvation Army. When we cleaned out her desk we found a treasure trove of goodies. Our favorite was a 1969 advertising supplement from the New York Times featuring artistic interpretations of Salvation Army ministries created by students at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

Sweet kids + new bikes = joyful smiles
May 22, 2014 – | Comments Off
Sweet kids + new bikes = joyful smiles

The Salvation Army in San Diego partners with NBC7 to present new bicycles to great kids all throughout the year through the Bikes for Kids program. But last week they honored National Salvation Army week with a special bike giveaway event. Ten deserving kids got a new bike, a helmet and a lock during a special in-school assembly.

Salvation Army serving at the fire lines in San Diego
May 16, 2014 – | Comments Off
Salvation Army serving at the fire lines in San Diego

The statewide drought in California is making for an early and severe fire season. For the last two days our Emergency Disaster Services staff in San Diego has been serving the first responders on the fire lines.

Hallmark helps Salvation Army care for pregnant teens in Portland, OR
May 15, 2014 – | Comments Off
Hallmark helps Salvation Army care for pregnant teens in Portland, OR

Back in December, the good folks at Hallmark chose The Salvation Army to benefit from their online campaign called “Countdown to Christmas.” A portion of the funds raised will help The Salvation Army White Shield Center in Portland, Oregon!

80 year-old volunteer welcomes seniors at Salvation Army lunch in Mesa
May 7, 2014 – | Comments Off
80 year-old volunteer welcomes seniors at Salvation Army lunch in Mesa

Eighty year-old volunteer Daisy Morin is a breath of fresh air! She’s been helping our chef Daryl Howard in the kitchen at the Mesa, Arizona Salvation Army for the last year.