Helping The Salvation Army provide toys for local children in need this Christmas just got easier!

Shoppers visiting participating Walmart stores from November 28 through December 14 have the opportunity to purchase and drop off new, unwrapped toys into the bins located near the exits or at the Red Kettle stands.

The Salvation Army will distribute the toys to local families through the Angel Tree Program in time for Christmas. Last year, over 800 toys were received through the Fill the Truck Campaign in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County.

For more than 40 years, Walmart has been an essential partner of The Salvation Army across the country. This Christmas, we give thanks for Walmart and their customers for helping us make this season brighter for local children in need.

Toys can also be dropped off at The Salvation Army at 1625 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or at Westfield Countryside Mall at the Angel Tree display in front of the Disney store on the second floor.

Participating Walmart stores:

41232 Us Hwy 19 N, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
35404 US Highway 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
3801 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar, FL 34677
1803 N Highland Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755
23106 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33765
2677 Roosevelt Blvd, Largo, FL 33760
1111 Missouri Ave N,  Largo, FL 33770

Help The Salvation Army prepare local children in need to go back to school.

Each week, nearly 100 children from across Upper Pinellas County gather at The Salvation Army for character-building activities. For many of these families, purchasing Back to School supplies is considered a luxury.

Throughout the month of August, The Salvation Army is accepting donations of new school supplies for these children, as well as those who come to their Social Services offices seeking financial and food assistance.

Needed items include:

Pencils
Paper
3-Ring Binders
Composition Books
Backpacks
Glue Sticks
Crayons
Colored Pencils
Erasers
Rulers

Items can be dropped off, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at The Salvation Army, 1625 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765.

The community’s support will help ensure that local children in need will start the school year off prepared and confident.

For more information our The Salvation Army’s youth programs, click HERE.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Crossland, Director of Development, at 727-725-9777, or e-mail UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Happy National Salvation Army Week!

Typically observed in the second week of May, this National Salvation Army Week was first declared by  President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. In his proclamation he noted:

Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

This week, any gifts given online in Pinellas County or at the Doing the Most Good Annual Dinner with Emmitt Smith will be matched up to $30,000! Your donation stays in your community!

Please help us receive this match by clicking HERE to make a gift today!

Activities for this week include the Doing the Most Good Annual Dinner with Emmitt Smith and the Rockin’ 50s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. For more information on these events, please contact UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org or Jennifer at 727-725-9777 x 105.

Thank you for Doing the Most Good for your neighbors in need!

Second Annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive is Underway

CLEARWATER, FL (December 2, 2013) – Walmart and The Salvation Army have announced the start of the second annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive, which will bring hundreds of thousands of toys to children across the country.

“The holidays are a time for gifting, and a time for giving,” said Scott McCall, senior vice president of toys and seasonal at Walmart U.S.  “We think every child should have something under their Christmas tree. Our hope is that the Fill the Truck toy drive will help bring holiday cheer to hundreds of thousands of children across the country.”

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“We think every child should have something under their Christmas tree. Our hope is that the Fill the Truck toy drive will help bring holiday cheer to hundreds of thousands of children across the country.”[/quote]

The Fill the Truck toy drive is part of Walmart’s more than 40-year partnership with The Salvation Army which also includes the iconic red kettle campaign. All donations made to the red kettles and Fill the Truck boxes help local families in need.

Upper Pinellas County residents can participate at these Walmart stores through December 15:

  • Largo: 1111 Missouri Avenue, N [map]
  • Palm Harbor: 35404 US 19 N [map]
  • Oldsmar: 3801 Tampa Road [map]
  • Tarpon Springs: 41232 US 19 N [map]
  • Clearwater only through December 7: 23106 US 19 [map]

On December 7, the Walmart store at 23106 US 19/Coachman Road in Clearwater will be hosting an event to include The Salvation Army truck, Captain Kettle mascot and brass ensemble playing your favorite holiday tunes from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We invite shoppers to stop by, have their picture taken with Captain Kettle, donate a new, unwrapped toy for a local child in need, and enjoy the music of the season.

“Our most-needed items are for children ages 10-12,” says Captain Zach Bell, Commanding Officer for The Salvation Army in Upper Pinellas County. “Sports equipment like basketballs or footballs, action figures, skateboards, board games and dolls for all ages will help us provide for local children who might otherwise go without this Christmas.”

Donation boxes will be located next to the red kettles Monday – Saturday and at the customer service desks on Sunday through December 15.

The toys will be distributed through The Salvation Army Joy Center Toyland, where parents are able to “shop” for toys for their children and receive a food basket, all for free because of the generosity of the community. Individuals or groups that would like to sign-up to help with the toy distribution, can do so at www.salvationarmyclearwater.org.

 

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About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our more than 11,000 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

About The Salvation Army of Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County

Last year, The Salvation Army of Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County served 51,609 individuals through a wide variety of programs and services, including utilities, housing, and food assistance. We visited 9,057 people in hospitals, nursing homes and elderly residential homes to let them know that their community cares for them. We served 26,798 people during the holiday season, many through our Joy Center Toyland program which provides toys and clothing for children who may otherwise go without at Christmas. Our wonderful volunteers gave 15,570 hours of their time to help us serve their neighbors in need. In addition to the programs already mentioned, The Salvation Army continues doing the most good for Upper Pinellas County through youth character-building activities, summer camp, outreach, and various other programs. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit www.twitter.com/clearwater, www.facebook.com/TampaBay, www.instagram.com/clearwater and www.salvationarmyclearwater.org.

Looking for ways to spread cheer and hope throughout Upper Pinellas County this season? We´ve got you covered!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • 11/22 – 12/24 | Red Kettle Bell Ringer | Help raise funds to provide programs 365 days a year! This is a great opportunity for groups and individuals!
  • 11/25 -26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution | Help give out 5,000 turkeys and food baskets to local families in need! The Salvation Army, 1521 Druid Rd E, Clearwater, FL 33756
  • 12/19 – 20, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | The Joy Center Toyland Distribution | Help families with their toy selection, distribute food baskets, and assist the families in getting their items to their vehicles!

Click here for information on how to become on a volunteer!

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Red Kettle Sponsor | Sponsor a Red Kettle for $500 per day! Your sponsorship helps us cover the cost of running the kettle program so that more funds can go to help those in need! Contact Us to become a Red Kettle Sponsor!
  • The Joy Center Toyland Sponsor | Select a boy or girl ‘Angel’ and provide a new toy that will be distributed at Christmas to the parent of a child of the same age and gender. Click here for more information.
  • Online Red Kettle Sponsor | Help us ring a virtual bell this season! Click here to visit the ORK!

 

Special Events:

  • 11/23, 7:00 p.m. | Thanksgiving Music Festival with Special Guest Cameron Rawlins | Click here for more information.
  • 12/7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | The Salvation Army Brass Band plays at Westfield Countryside Mall
  • 12/8, 6:00 p.m. | Christmas Carol Celebration | Click here for more information.
  • 12/14, 6:15 p.m. | The Salvation Army Brass Band plays at Dunedin Old Fashioned Christmas
  • 12/21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | The Salvation Army Brass Band plays at Westfield Countryside Mall

 

Have questions we didn’t answer? Contact us!

Nation’s Longest Running Fundraiser Celebrates 123rd Year

CLEARWATER, FL (November 14, 2013) — From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army Captain’s startup program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“When you answer the ringing bell, you’re responding to the cries for help in our community,” says Captain Zach Bell[/quote]

“When you answer the ringing bell, you’re responding to the cries for help in our community,” says Captain Zach Bell, Commanding Officer for The Salvation Army in Upper Pinellas County. “The donations we receive during the holiday season help us provide programs and services all year long. This year, during our busiest season, we are faced with one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas than in years past. We need the community’s support now more than ever to help make up for the loss we expect to experience, so that we can continue to help those that come to us in need,” says Bell.

 
The local campaign for Upper Pinellas County will launch in most of its locations on November 15, with the remainder of the kettles arriving the day after Thanksgiving. The iconic red kettles can be found at most Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Walgreens locations, as well as select stores at Countryside Mall.

 
Due to the shortened amount of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, people will be able to help ring a virtual bell by donating to an Online Red Kettle. Funds raised both at the storefront kettles and online kettle will stay in Upper Pinellas County to help those in need in our community.

 
To help make up for the expected financial loss, please visit www.salvationarmyclearwater.org for information on becoming a volunteer bellringer or how to support the Online Red Kettle.

 
The Salvation Army Brass Band from Clearwater will host a red kettle inside Countryside Mall on December 7 and December 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All are invited to stop by and enjoy the sounds of the season.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

About The Salvation Army of Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County

Last year, The Salvation Army of Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County served 51,609 individuals through a wide variety of programs and services, including utilities, housing, and food assistance. We visited 9,057 people in hospitals, nursing homes and elderly residential homes to let them know that their community cares for them. We served 26,798 people during the holiday season, many through our Joy Center Toyland program which provides toys and clothing for children who may otherwise go without at Christmas. Our wonderful volunteers gave 15,570 hours of their time to help us serve their neighbors in need. In addition to the programs already mentioned, The Salvation Army continues doing the most good for Upper Pinellas County through youth character-building activities, summer camp, outreach, and various other programs. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit www.salvationarmyclearwater.org.

Fans earn opportunity for a Google Hangout with Gomez by raising money for
Online Red Kettle

Arlington, TX (November 4, 2013) – Actress and multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboy game against the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, which kicks off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The halftime performance marks the 17th year the Dallas Cowboys have partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the campaign, which raises millions of dollars throughout the holiday season. Last year, the Red Kettle Campaign collected $148.7 million. Donations help provide meals and shelter for families in need and Christmas toys for millions of children, among numerous other social services.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Dallas is my hometown, and to be invited to perform on behalf of The Salvation Army is such a great honor”, said Selena Gomez. [/quote]

“Giving back is so important, and I am looking forward to kicking off the iconic Red Kettle Campaign and getting those bells ringing across the nation to help families and children in need.”

“We are thrilled to have Selena kick off the Red Kettle Campaign and be a part of this time-honored tradition. Her amazing performance, a national stage and a huge, enthusiastic fan base will be a powerful start to Red Kettle 2013,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and Chief Brand Officer for the Dallas Cowboys and national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army touches so many lives and provides nourishment, shelter and support for children and families in need. Together with Selena, we celebrate the important impact of The Salvation Army’s work in doing the most good.”

The Red Kettle Campaign runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve and is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. The campaign raised $148.7 million last year alone, with more than $1.75 billion raised since the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997. With the Thanksgiving holiday falling later in the month than usual, this year’s Red Kettle Campaign is more critical than ever.

“Though the Red Kettle campaign is five days shorter this year, we are confident that the attention that partners like Selena Gomez and the Dallas Cowboys are bringing to the cause will more than make up that difference,” said Major Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We strive to help America’s most vulnerable – children, and ensure that they have a warm, comfortable place to sleep and hot food to eat and toys to play with at Christmas.”

In support of the Red Kettle Campaign, Selena will host her own Online Red Kettle and encourage fans to join her team and donate to The Salvation Army. Fans can join her team by visiting www.onlineredkettle.org/selenagomez. Eight lucky fundraisers will receive the chance to virtually connect with Selena through a Google Hangout.

Selena Gomez is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kick-Off celebrity halftime performers including Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

In addition to giving online or to the more than 25,000 traditional bell ringers, supporters can donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign.

From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s startup program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.

 

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About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
About Selena Gomez: Selena Gomez has become one of the most accomplished actors and recording artists today and all by the age of twenty-one. 2013 has been a big year for Selena. In July, she released her fourth album “Stars Dance” which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. The lead single “Come and Get It” became her first number one single and won an MTV Video Music Award for “Best Pop Video.” On the heels of the release of her album, Gomez launched her very successful “Stars Dance World Tour” which is currently scheduled to conclude later this month. She has sold over 10 million singles in the US and has become a fixture on the dance scene garnering six singles that have landed at number one position on the Billboard Dance Club/Play charts.

About Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities: In the area of community service, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities’ mission is built on a philosophy of helping those who don’t have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves. As a sports entity that has enjoyed unprecedented success and recognition for more than four decades, the Dallas Cowboys feel a strong obligation to transfer that championship tradition and the magic that it creates to the bigger purpose of making a difference in the community. More information about the Dallas Cowboys is available at www.dallascowboys.com.

For additional information about The Salvation Army and Red Kettle Kick-Off, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA or https://twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

 

A letter to our donors, volunteers and friends,

We’re sharing information here for our donors, volunteers, and other friends and supporters regarding the closure of a Salvation Army Correctional Services program in Pinellas County:

The Salvation Army of Florida has had a long-term, beneficial relationship with Pinellas County, part of which was providing a service for Courts & Correctional Services program participants. Our Florida administrative office (Divisional Headquarters) assisted the County for more than 35 years by operating the misdemeanor program, which was reviewed regularly by County officials, in Pinellas County. The Salvation Army’s Correctional Services were provided at no cost to the County.

 

The Salvation Army’s correctional services were beneficial to the County in that many program participants completed community service hours with other nonprofit organizations. This was also a beneficial arrangement for many participating in the Courts & Correctional Services program as they often required additional services. Because The Salvation Army provides individual case management, the correction counselors were able to share information on social services in Pinellas County. Program participants were referred to other agencies as needed.

 

It was the County’s choice to not to seek bids from other agencies for operating the program. The contract included an out-clause the County could have exercised at any time, but did not as The Salvation Army followed all elements of the contract. Our provision of services was not the issue; instead, the County chose to centralize all Courts & Correctional Services and not renew the contract.

 

Recent articles misstated that 12% of the fees were paid to The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters. That is not the case. These were administrative fees for the operation of the program by Divisional Headquarters. The Salvation Army continues to have one of the lowest administrative costs of any large nonprofit. Of every dollar donated, 82 cents go directly to programs and services, rather than administration or fundraising.

 

No donor funds were used in the Correctional Services program; it was a fee-based program, with the fees being set by Pinellas County, not by The Salvation Army.

 

In the last 120 years, The Salvation Army has had incredible, life-changing impact in communities across Tampa Bay. In 2012 alone, The Salvation Army provided:

Approximately 163,000 nights of shelter for homeless men, women, and children.
More than 577,000 meals to hungry men, women, and children.
Emergency assistance, such as rent and utility payments, for hundreds of working poor families.
Backpacks and school supplies to more than 1,000 Tampa Bay students in need.
Summer Camp for nearly 500 low-income and at-risk children.
More than 61,000 Angel Tree gifts and toys for thousands of Tampa Bay children living in poverty.

We will continue to follow our mission of meeting human need in Jesus’ name without
discrimination and our promise of Doing the Most Good to the most people in the most need.

The Salvation Army wishes the best for the Pinellas County Courts & Correctional Services program, its staff and participants, and the Sheriff’s Office as it takes on this new endeavor.

For additional information on Salvation Army locations, programs, and services across Tampa Bay, please see www.salvationarmytampabay.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United
States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more
information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:

Dulcinea Cuellar
Divisional Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
(813) 340-8465
Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army of Florida urges residents to prepare as Tropical Storm Karen churns near Florida’s Gulf Coast

Tampa, Fla. (October 4, 2013) – As Tropical Storm Karen churns near the Gulf coast, The Salvation is prepared to send crews from Florida to the impacted areas.

Currently The Salvation Army has 44 mobile feeding units (food trucks) ready to support those impacted by Tropical Storm Karen. The Salvation Army of Florida also has two semi-truck size field kitchens, five shower units, a communication trailer and a mobile command center. It also has 750 trained volunteers around the state and a 50,000 square foot disaster warehouse in Tampa that serves as the epicenter of operations in a disaster or hurricane.

Salvation Army canteens can prepare and service between 500-2000 meals on site where it is needed the most.

The Salvation Army of Florida is focused on potential flooding from Pensacola to Jacksonville, as several counties in the area continue to be saturated by rain from last year’s Tropical Storm Debby.

Salvation Army units in each community are coordinating with local emergency management for possible feeding or shelter support as needed. Also, The Salvation Army continues to work with locations outside of Florida – in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia to offer support if needed.

The Salvation Army of Florida is reaching out to its corporate partners regarding donations of cleaning supplies. Additionally, The Salvation Army is seeking monetary donations to support our disaster relief by going to disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

“We are coordinating very closely with emergency management throughout Florida. While Karen doesn’t look like a catastrophic hurricane we do have very saturated areas throughout north Florida that we are concerned about,” said Kevin Smith, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Florida. “Currently our teams are readying themselves and their mobile feeding units to be ready as needed.”

In Pensacola where Karen is expected to hit the region, Salvation Army Captain Bob Cornett is gearing up for what could be an interesting weekend in the Panhandle.

“We are prepared to respond to the needs as they present themselves Sunday morning, when the storm is expected to make landfall,” he said. “We have teams on stand-by; we’re getting our canteen ready and plan to respond if called.”

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an Emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

· Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
· Hygiene kits
· Drinking water
· Shower units
· First-aid supplies
· Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this or other disasters to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by *text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief and sent your local Salvation Army.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.”