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600 children left to be adopted in Tampa Bay Area

TAMPA BAY, FL (December 4, 2015) – The Salvation Army is seeking help fulfilling wishes of local children in need this Christmas. In the Tampa Bay Area, The Salvation Army serves approximately 17,000 children every year through the Angel Tree Program.

The Salvation Army relies on companies and groups to provide toys and clothing for a majority of the children. Individuals may visit Angel Tree displays across the Bay Area to select children and purchase gifts.

“In Hillsborough and Pinellas County alone, there are still 600 children that need to be adopted for Christmas,” says Captain Mike Harris. “The deadline of December 11 is fast-approaching to get the gifts returned. We are relying on the generosity of our community to help make Christmas brighter for these kids.”

Primary locations to adopt Angels:

  • Countryside Mall in Clearwater, 2nd Level near Disney Store
  • Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, in front of JCPenney
  • University Mall in Tampa, former JCPenney store space
  • Any Winghouse Restaurant

For more information on how to adopt Angels in the Tampa Bay Area, visit www.SalvationArmyTampaBay.org.
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 About The Salvation Army in Tampa Bay

Last year, The Salvation Army in Tampa Bay served 169,086 individuals through a wide variety of programs and services, including utility, housing, and food assistance. 72,684 people were visited in hospitals, nursing homes and elderly residential homes to let them know that their community cares for them. 114,870 nights of sheltered were provided to homeless men, women, and children. The Salvation Army served 233,959 meals. In addition to these services, The Salvation Army continues doing the most good in Tampa Bay through youth character-building activities, summer camp, outreach, and various other programs. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyTampaBay.org.

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

Short Christmas season is likely factor

CLEARWATER, FL (December 18, 2013) – In 2012, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign raised $345,000 here in Upper Pinellas County, but this year donations are down by 9%.  Kettle gifts stay in the community where the money is donated and help provide meals and shelter for families in need, Christmas toys for thousands of children locally, and many other services throughout the year.

 This year, because of a late Thanksgiving date, the kettle season is shorter by five vital days — which equates to potentially $50,000 less than in previous years — so donations coming in between now and the end of the year are critically important to The Salvation Army’s ability to meet needs here in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County. Five fewer bell ringing days equates to about $20 million less in donations to The Salvation Army nationwide.

” …we’re hoping that shoppers will think of their neighbors in need the next time they pass a Salvation Army bell ringer, and give what they can.”

“The short kettle season is a major concern because the red kettle campaign helps fund our programs and services throughout the year. To many, the iconic red buckets represent a tradition of caring that is passed down through the generations. With less than a week left to see our kettles at storefronts, we’re hoping that shoppers will think of their neighbors in need the next time they pass a Salvation Army bell ringer, and give what they can,” said Captain Zach Bell, Commanding Officer for The Salvation Army in Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County.

To make up for the shortfall, The Salvation Army is encouraging the public to donate generously to the red kettles found in front of local retailers, or:

  • Online at http://www.onlineredkettle.org/clearwater,
  • By mail to 1625 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765,
  • By phone to Jennifer Renfroe at 727-725-9777 x 105, and
  • Via gifts of stock through Lindsay Crossland at 727-403-7766.

The public’s support will help ensure that The Salvation Army can continue to do the most good for those in need this holiday season and throughout the year.

 

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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 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.

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.