THE SALVATION ARMY OF TAMPA
NEEDS SUPERMARKET GIFT CARDS TO FEED HUNGRY FAMILIES THIS HOLIDAY
SEASON

(Tampa, Fla.) – This holiday season, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command
will provide Christmas gifts and food boxes to the families of more than 6,000
needy children. The Salvation Army is requesting the community’s help in
donating supermarket gift cards in amounts of at least $10 that will
be distributed to hungry families. 

Members of the community can drop off supermarket gift cards at The
Salvation Army Tampa headquarters, located at 1603 N. Florida Avenue, between
the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. throughout the months of November and
December. 

Gift cards or checks can be mailed to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2839,
Tampa, FL 33601, Attention: Development Department.

As the number of disadvantaged families continues to rise in Hillsborough
County, the need for compassionate support from the public becomes even more
essential. The Salvation Army is struggling to provide for their needs.

“We are humbled by the generosity of friends in our community who continue
to step forward with faithful support for families and individuals in need,”
said Major Ronnie L. Raymer, Tampa Area Commander. “Unfortunately, the
number of people in need continues to increase. We want to be there for the
families with children who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends
meet because of the strained economy.”

The Salvation Army believes the community will once again pull together and
lend a helping hand to those who need it most. “We’ve been doing this work for
over 100 years here in Tampa, and we have no intention of durning away any
deserving neighbor,” added Major Raymer.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s programs, please visit www.salvationarmytampa.org or
call 813-226-0055, ext. 260 or 210.

Since 1893, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command
has provided food, shelter, long-term transitional housing programs and
counseling to those in need. Programs are designed to help struggling men,
women and children overcome challenges to regain their self-sufficiency. The
Salvation Army actively provides social service and spiritual assistance to the
needy in 117 countries, and has been recognized as one of the world’s most
efficient charities by Forbes Magazine and The Chronicle of
Philanthropy.

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 The Salvation Army of Hillsborough
to Host Holiday Craft Bazaar

 WHAT/WHO:    The public is invited to
attend the 15th annual Holiday Craft Bazaar Fundraiser on Saturday,
October 25, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army’s Community
Worship Center located at 1100 W. Sligh Avenue, across from Lowry Park Zoo.
Local crafters will gather to display and sell their wares from scrap-booking
to hand-crafted items. Lunch and bake sale items such as cookies, pies, cakes,
and brownies will also be available for purchase. In addition, The Army will
hold a Kidz-Kanrival outside making this a full family event. Admission is free
and door prizes will be chosen hourly.

Hosted by The Salvation Army’s Women’s Ministry and Home League groups, the
Holiday Craft Bazaar is an annual fundraiser supporting a variety of world
service projects, including a children’s home in Mexico.

 

WHEN:         &
amp; amp; nbsp;      Saturday, October 25, 2008 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:         
     1100 W. Sligh Ave.  (Across from Lowry Park
Zoo)

CONTACT:        
Priscilla Cruz, 813-226-0055, ext.
402             
; ; ;         

 

 

Jonas Brothers to Play Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving
Game to Kick Off

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Nationally Televised Performance to Support
Longest-Running Annual Fundraiser

The red hot Jonas Brothers band will perform live at the Dallas Cowboys
Thanksgiving Day game in a nationally televised halftime show that will air on
Fox television network on November 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm CST, it was announced
today. The performance will officially kick off the 2008 Salvation Army Red
Kettle Christmas campaign, which runs nationally through Christmas Eve,
December 24th. 

 For the past 11 years the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game
halftime show has officially launched the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on a
national stage, becoming annual holiday tradition.  Since the
partnership began in 1997, the annual Red Kettle campaign has raised more than
$1 billion, which has helped the Army to serve 30 million people each year
nationwide. Last year, the campaign raised a record $118 million.
Previous halftime performers include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl
Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy
Gillman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

 “I was born in Dallas, which makes performing with my brothers at the
Cowboys Halftime on Thanksgiving an in credible honor,” said Nick Jonas. 
Added brother Joe Jonas, “This year, more than ever, the Salvation Army Red
Kettle campaign will make a huge impact for families at Christmas and
throughout the year.  It’s very important for us to give back.” 
Kevin Jonas finished, “We’d like to thank Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys,
Israel Gaither, and The Salvation Army for inviting us to be part of this
awesome Thanksgiving tradition.  We’ll remember this for a long time to
come.”

 The Jonas Brothers – Kevin, Joe and Nick – will perform songs from
their platinum third studio album A Little Bit Longer, which debuted
at #1 on the Billboard 200 in August. Since their recording debut in 2005,
Jonas Brothers have released three studio albums and stared in
Camp Rock, a 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie.
Additionally, Jonas Brothers will be staring in a new Disney Channel Original
Series, J.O.N.A.S!, which is expected to debut on Disney Channel in
Spring, 2009.

 “There are no other artists more in touch with America’s youth than
Jonas Brothers,” said Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
“So, this is a great chance for us to get the word out about The Salvation
Army’s vital work to a whole new generation of donors.”

 The Salvation Army also announced today that Mr. Jones has
agreed to serve as the
national honorary Christmas
chairperson.
In this capacity, he will act as an advocate for the
campaign at Christmas and also help to get the word out about The Salvation
Army’s critical programs year-round. Mr. Jones and his family have been major
supporters of The Salvation Army for more than a decade. In 1998, Mr. Jones and
his wife, Gene, opened the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Center for Children – a
Salvation Army child care center for low-income families in Dallas, TX.
 In 1999, the family received the Evangeline Booth Award, one of the
Army’s highest national service honors. Mr. Jones is now an Emeritus member of
The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board and his daughter, Charlotte Jones
Anderson and wife Gene currently serve as active board members.

“In addition to our excitement about Jonas Brothers helping us launch this
annual campaign, we’re thrilled that Jerry Jones has agreed to serve as our
permanent national honorary Christmas chairperson,” said Lieutenant-Colonel
David Jeffrey, National Chief Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Jerry, his
family and the entire Dallas Cowboys organization have been great friends of
the Army for many years. Their support helps the Army serve, on average, 30
million Americans in 5,000 communities nationwide each year.”

 From its original beginnings as a fundraiser started by a Salvation
Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into
one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United
States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers
spread throughout the country to ring bells daily and solicit spare change
donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2007, the
campaign raised more than $118 million nationwide, a new record supported by
the public’s  nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars (and the occasional
diamond ring or gold tooth) all collected and used to help people in the
communities where they were raised. Last year, the funds helped The Salvation
Army provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance to nearly 29 million
Americans in need. In addition to physical kettles, donors can also contribute
online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or through
a virtual red kettle on any number of corporate or individual websites and
Facebook pages.

 

 Tampa Yankees to
Host School Supply Drive for

Needy Families Served
by The Salvation Army

Fans bringing new school supplies to games Aug. 3-8
receive free entry.

 In August, The Tampa Yankees will host a school supply drive for needy
students served by The Salvation Army of Hillsborough County.  Fans who
bring new school supplies to any Tampa Yankees game at Steinbrenner Field on
Aug. 3 – 8 will receive complimentary tickets to home game during the 2008
regular season.

“We are grateful to the Yankees for their generous support, which will help
ensure that hundreds of needy students will have the tools they need for a
successful school year,” said Major Ronnie L. Raymer, Tampa Area Commander for
The Salvation Army. “Their help is particularly appreciated in the current
economic environment, which has increased the level of need and is even putting
a strain on families who normally have a little extra to give.”

The Salvation Army plans to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies
to more than 1,000 Hillsborough County students referred by the school system
and other local non-profits and social service agencies. Supplies needed most
include spiral notebooks, composition books, packs of pencils and pens,
two-pocket folders, highlighters, colored pencils and markers, 24-packs of
crayons and glue sticks.

“We are proud to team up with the Salvation Army for this worthwhile
cause.  The Back to School Drive will supply needy children with the
school supplies for the coming school year,” said Howard Grosswirth, Vice
President of Marketing.  “The Tampa Yankees and the Salvation Army feel
that all children should have a good education.  As a baseball
player needs a glove, bat and ball, schoolchildren need their tools for a
proper education.”

The Back-to-School supply campaign is one of several ongoing outreach
programs provided year-round by The Salvation Army. Other outreach includes
rent and mortgage payment assistance for working families facing unavoidable
emergencies, food boxes for the hungry, Christmas gifts for thousands of
children living at or below the Federal Poverty Level and summer camp for inner
city children.

“The Yankees do so much for our community year round, and this is just one
more example of their commitment to making Tampa a great place to live for all
its residents,” added Major Raymer.

Fans who cannot attend a game, but wish to make a donation to The Salvation
Army, can send a check or money order in an envelope addressed to: The
Salvation Army “Back-to-School,” P.O. Box 2839, Tampa, FL 33601, or call Moira
Hinson at 813-226-0055, ext. 260. All donations are tax deductible.

Since 1893, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command has provided food,
shelter, long-term transitional housing programs and counseling to those in
need. Programs are designed to help struggling men, women and children overcome
challenges to regain their self-sufficiency. The Salvation Army actively
provides social service and spiritual assistance to the needy in 111 countries,
and has been recognized as one of the world’s most efficient charities by
Forbes Magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Booz Allen
Hamilton consulting firm, among others.

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(Tampa, Fla. – Sept. 11, 2008) – Tampa-based Craft Equipment Company will
match all monetary gifts made to The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command during
the month of September 2008, up to a total of $10,000. To qualify for the
match, gifts must be marked “summer match” and must be mailed no later than
September 30, 2008. The Salvation Army is seeking donations to help feed, house
and provide emergency assistance to needy families throughout Hillsborough
County this summer.

“People are really struggling this year, and The Salvation Army is working
overtime to provide assistance and relief to them each day,” said Don Mays,
president of Craft Equipment and a Salvation Army Advisory Board member. “We
hope this matching gift will help inspire our friends and neighbors in the
community to help these families through The Salvation Army.”

To make a donation to The Salvation Army, send a check or money order in an
envelope addressed to: The Salvation Army “Summer Match,” P.O. Box 2839, Tampa,
FL 33601, or call Moira Hinson at 813-226-0055, ext. 260. All donations are tax
deductible.

“We are grateful to Craft Equipment and to Don Mays for offering to match
gifts made throughout August,” said Major Ronnie L. Raymer, Tampa Area
Commander for The Salvation Army.  “These are challenging times, and we
want to be prepared to help as many struggling families as possible.”

Established in 1971, Craft Equipment has evolved into a leader in the
material handling, waste reduction and retail service industries. Our
full-service capabilities, along with the alliance of leading industry
manufacturers, enable Craft Equipment to support a wide mix of customers in
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas. For more than 35 years,
Craft has offered a turnkey sales and service approach with our “Whatever It
Takes” attitude to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.

 Since 1893, The Salvation Army Tampa Area Command has provided food,
shelter, long-term transitional housing programs and counseling to those in
need. Programs are designed to help struggling men, women and children overcome
challenges to regain their self-sufficiency. The Salvation Army actively
provides social service and spiritual assistance to the needy in 111 countries,
and has been recognized as one of the world’s most efficient charities by
Forbes Magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Booz Allen
Hamilton consulting firm, among others.

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International News Report – May
6, 2008

THE SALVATION ARMY IN MYANMAR (BURMA)

RESPONDS TO CYCLONE NARGIS

The Salvation Army in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is responding to the
devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, which is thought to have killed more than
100,000 people. Communications to Myanmar have been severely affected but news
has been received that local Salvationists are helping victims in the Yangon
area.

Although occasionally the victim of flooding in the rainy seasons, the
country of Myanmar has not, on the whole, been subject to cyclones. Because of
this, the infrastructure is not in place to deal with such a disaster. News
bulletins are reporting an escalating death toll and many thousands of people
are now homeless as a result of the cyclone and without access to clean
water. 

Despite being subject to the great difficulties and damage to property – the
roof was torn off the Regional Headquarters building – members of The Salvation
Army in Yangon have been providing cooked meals from their own store of food
for those who are desperately in need. Local Salvationists are seeking to
assist as many people as possible although access to many areas is near
impossible. In some places communication networks are completely
unavailable. 

Colonel David Bringans, leader of The Salvation Army in Singapore, Malaysia
and Myanmar, says: ‘Our people in Myanmar are already dispensing rice and other
relief to the people. Both of our two children’s homes in Yangon have artesian
wells and they are running the generators to pump water from these almost
non-stop. The public are therefore able to come to our compounds to receive
clean water at this time.’

There has already been widespread support from many countries in terms of
financial assistance and, as access and communications improve, aid will be
sent direct to those giving assistance. 

A Salvation Army assessment team from the region is en route to the affected
area and will make plans for the most immediate needs to be met. There is no
doubt that this tragedy has caused much suffering and that it will take a long
time for Myanmar and the population to recover from the effects of this
unexpected devastation.

Major Mike Caffull, Field Operations Officer of International Emergency
Services, says: ‘Early indications suggest that Salvationists in Myanmar are
responding magnificently to the disaster that has hit their country, but it is
also clear that there is going to be a great need for substantial financial
support to enable an appropriate response to the damage and suffering that is
already being experienced and which is likely to continue for some
time.’ 

Donations to support the work of The Salvation Army in Myanmar can be mailed
to: The Salvation Army International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728,
Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 or made online at http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/ or
by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

 Crafters Needed for The Salvation Army’s Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar

The Salvation Army of Hillsborough County is looking for artists, crafters
and other vendors for its Holiday Bazaar, which will take place on Saturday,
October 25, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army’s Community
Worship Center, 1100 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, across from Lowry Park Zoo.

Crafters, artists and vendors are invited to reserve booths to sell their
wares – from paintings and necklaces to quilts and scrap-booking materials. A
10×10′ booth is $30 and an 8×10′ booth is $25. Proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar
benefit a variety of world service projects, including children’s homes in
Mexico.

Call Priscilla Cruz at 813-226-0055, ext. 402, to learn more about the
Bazaar or to reserve your booth.

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2009 BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY CAMPAIGN

The Salvation Army of Hillsborough County is collecting
new school supplies for local students from low-income families through
August.

Individuals, companies, service clubs and other groups are
encouraged to host a supply drive to collect the most commonly-needed school
supplies (see listing below), which The Salvation Army will then pack into
backpacks and distribute to needy children throughout Hillsborough County for
the 2009-2010 school year.

Special thanks to the New York Yankees, Amscot Financial,
WestShore Plaza, the employees of Bank of America Tower (Tampa) and all of our
community partners for their tremendous support of our 2009 Back to School
campaign!

WISH
LIST

 

  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Composition Books
  • Loose-leaf Notebook Paper
  • 2-Pocket Folders
  • Packs of No. 2 Pencils

 

 

  • Boxes of 24 Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • Colored Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Anti-bacterial Wipes

If you are interested in participating in The Salvation Army’s
Back-to-School Campaign, please contact Moira Hinson, 813-226-0055, ext. 260)
or Jaclyn Ward (ext. 210) or send an email to moira_hinson@uss.salvationarmy.
org
.