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When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

Name: Matthew

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? About to be homeless, no food in pantry.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? Chance at staying alive.

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Matthew find the hope they need to face another day.

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Samantha Harris Good Dinner

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Doing the Most Good Dinner with Special Guest Samantha Harris!

For the past two years, the Doing the Most Good Dinner has raised much-needed funds for The Salvation Army’s programs and services.

This year’s event will be held on May 12 at the beautiful Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. following a special VIP Reception for sponsors at the $2,500 and above levels.

Tickets are available for $150, tables are available for $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Sponsorship benefits can be found on the event page at the link below.

Fore more information on the event, please click here to visit the event page, or contact Jennifer Renfroe, Donor Relations Coordinator, at 727-725-9777, ext. 105.

 

 

 

 

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.

The Salvation Army is partnering with Bright House Networks to provide Back-to-School supplies for local children in need.

Supplies can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at:

1625 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765 and 340 14th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Supplies needed include: backpacks, pencils, glue sticks, composition books, colored pencils, 3-ring binders, crayons, paper, and erasers.

Want to help but don’t have time to drop off items? Click here to shop online and the items will ship directly to The Salvation Army!

The Salvation Army doesn’t take a summer vacation. 

Unfortunately, with many donors on vacation during the summer months, and the addition of children needing to be fed who would usually receive meals from school, our food pantry shelves are in danger of being bare.

YouGiveGoods is partnering with charities to encourage summer support by holding Pack the Pantry Giving Days from June 8 – June 12.

YouGiveGoods will donate 5% cash to The Salvation Army for any gifts of $50+ to our Online Food Drive!

We invite you to share this opportunity with your friends to help us make an ever greater impact in our community! 

With your help, we can fill our food pantry shelves for those who come to us in need throughout the summer.

Click here to visit the Online Food Drive!

CLEARWATER, FL (May 14, 2015) – The Salvation Army serving Upper Pinellas County is calling for food donations after the annual spring food drive falls short of expectations. “We collected approximately 17,000 items less this year compared to last year,” says Capt. Zach Bell, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army. “Donations of nonperishable food items during the spring are crucial in helping us serve those in need during the summer months.”

The Salvation Army sees families during the summer months that may not need food assistance at any other time of the year. Families whose children normally receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year will have the extra cost of providing them with these missed meals.

The Salvation Army works to ensure people in need will not have to choose between feeding their families and paying their utility bills. One way the community can help make this possible is by providing nonperishable food items to keep pantry shelves stocked year-round.

To help make up for the spring shortfall, The Salvation Army has launched an Online Food Drive where the community can purchase much-needed items online to be delivered directly to the food pantries where the food will be distributed. The Online Food Drive can be accessed by visiting www.SalvationArmyClearwater.org.

Items can also be dropped off at The Salvation Army Social Services Campus at 1521 E. Druid Road in Clearwater, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ONLINE FOOD DRIVE!

It’s time to register for the 23rd Annual Kettle Klassic Golf Tournament!

The tournament will be held at beautiful Belleair Country Club on April 16.

Last year, players and sponsors raised over $184,000 for The Salvation Army’s Social Services programs in Upper Pinellas County. In 2014, through these Social Services programs, 58,150 people were served. Energy assistance was provided to 2,074 households. The Kettle Klassic helps serve so many in need!

Individual players can register for $175, team registrations start at $1,000. A limited number of teams can register, do not delay!

 

To register, please visit the Kettle Klassic Event Page.

 

Special thanks to the 2015 Kettle Klassic Committee:

Co-Chairs: Todd Ellson and Chuck Orsatti

Advisory Board Chair: R. Paul Umberg

Committee: Alfred Andrews, Rodney Hale, Suzanne Johnson, George E. Mariani, Jr., Andy McAdams, Shannon Ware

Emeritus Committee Member: Clark Lea, Sr.

A day of golfing and giving back

CLEARWATER, FL (February 11, 2014) – The 22nd Annual Kettle Klassic Golf Tournament and Charity Auction will take place on April 9, 2014 at Belleair Country Club. All proceeds from the tournament and auction benefit The Salvation Army’s programs and services throughout Upper Pinellas County.

Sponsorships start at $175 and go up to $5,000. Click here to see the benefits of each sponsorship level.

The tournament will be played on Belleair Country Club’s West Course.

The day will start at 11:45 a.m. with registration and lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. All sponsors are invited to join us for the auction and awards reception at 5:30 p.m.

Auction items:
(Coming soon, check back often!)

The Kettle Klassic Committee:

Todd Ellson (Co-Chair)
Alfred Andrews (Co-Chair)
Ryan Clegg
Suzanne Johnson
Clark, Lea, Sr.
George Mariani
Grant Trier
Paul Umberg
Shannon Ware
Ross Weaver

Visit the Kettle Klassic Golf Tournament page for details!

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.