Salvation Army Women’s Ministries To Host Annual Purse Auction

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The Salvation Army Women’s Ministries will be sponsoring a purse auction in The Meadows of the Kroc Center, with proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army World Missions. Walking tacos will be sold prior to the event, along with desserts and soft drinks. New and lightly used purses will be auctioned. Also available will be a sale table with purses “to go” and other craft and bazaar items. Food and drink will be served starting at 5 PM, with the auction to follow at 6:15 PM.

Come and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship while supporting oversea missions.

For more information, please call 217-231-5674.

The Kroc Center To Host Free Concert To Benefit Quincy Salvation Army Food Pantry

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The University of Evansville Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz, will perform at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00pm. Admission to the concert is free, but concert attendees are asked to bring items to donate to the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The UE Wind Ensemble is performing in Quincy as part of their tour to the College Band Directors National Association North Central conference on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The UE Wind Ensemble was chosen by audition to be one of eight university bands to perform at the conference. Their performance for CBDNA will be on Friday, February 26 at 10:15am.

The University of Evansville Wind Ensemble is comprised of approximately 45 of the school’s finest brass, woodwind, and percussion performers.  The ensemble performs a wide variety of literature from major masterworks for the modern wind band to more intimate chamber literature. The ensemble is also actively involved in commissioning and performing new works. In addition to its campus concerts, the group represents the University both regionally and nationally.  Membership is by audition and is open to any UE student, regardless of his/her major.

Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz is a 1985 graduate of Quincy College (now Quincy University), with a degree in Music Education. He taught at Brown County Schools in Mt. Sterling, Illinois from 1985-1989. He also taught at Lewistown Community High School before joining the band staff at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Steinsultz was an assistant band director at the University of Illinois from 1993 to 2008. Since 2008, he has served as Director of Bands at the University of Evansville.

The 2016 CBDNA North Central conference has the theme “And all that jazz.” Each band is encouraged to perform jazz influenced works for concert band. The concert will include selections by Frank Ticheli, Donald Grantham, Scott Boerma, Don Freund, and John Williams.

Quincy Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Sponsors 52nd Annual Dress-An-Angel Program

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The Quincy Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is sponsoring its 52nd annual Dress-an-Angel clothing project on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. This year, as in the past 51, the women will provide a new Easter/Spring outfit and Bible for over 300 children ages 12 and under in the Quincy area.

Each year, other area churches, community groups, organizations and many individuals donate items and financial support for this program. We want to continue this wonderful collaboration again this year as we share with families in our community. Because need continues to increase, The Salvation Army requests community support and donations of both new clothing and financial gifts for our program this year.

The public can assist the Women’s Auxiliary by donating new purchased clothing (children’s sizes – infant to 16/18) or with a financial donation for the purchase of new clothing, Bibles and personal care items. The deadline for donations is March 11th.

Clothing and donations of personal care items may be dropped off at the Kroc Center at 405 Vermont. Checks should be made out to The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and delivered to the Kroc Center or P.O. Box 75, Quincy, IL 62306-0075.

Those wishing to apply for assistance from the program may turn in an application between February 16th and Thursday, March 3rd, Monday through Thursday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at The Salvation Army Family Service Center at 501 Broadway in Quincy.

To apply, proof of residency and guardianship is needed. For more information about this program, please contact The Salvation Army Family Services office at 217-222-2087.

Salvation Army Announces Conclusion of 2015 Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign

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The Quincy Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Chairs, Bill and Chris Daniels, have announced the completion of a successful 2015 Christmas Campaign. The Quincy campaign goal of $400,000 was exceeded with a total raised of $400,028.

The Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign is The Salvation Army’s major fund raising effort each year. Money raised during the campaign helps provide Christmas assistance as well as funding programs and services that assist individuals and families in the greater Adams County area on a daily basis. Over the past few years, the number of people receiving assistance from The Salvation Army has steadily increased due to the economy.

This holiday season the following assistance was given in Quincy: 761 families received Christmas food baskets. 835 children received more than 6,000 toys from Toy Town. 528 meals were served on Thanksgiving and 450 meals were served on Christmas Day.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the 1,884 volunteers who donated 4,293 hours of volunteer service to help make all of this possible.

The Salvation Army appreciates the many individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses that supported our effort by donating food, toys, time and money to make the 2015 Christmas Campaign a success.

Quincy Salvation Army Receives $5,000 Grant From Ameren Illinois

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The Salvation Army has received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to help families pay a month of rent or other utilities in order to avoid being evicted and entering the cycle of homelessness.

“The Salvation Army is grateful to Ameren Illinois for granting us funds to help struggling families in our community pay rent or utilities for a month to help keep them in their homes. This grant helps our efforts to keep those in need from spiraling towards homelessness,” said Major Andrew Miller, Area Commander of The Salvation Army in Quincy, Illinois.

The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human needs without discrimination while focusing on faith. Provisions of food, clothing, shelter, rent and utilities assistance help families in need. For those who are homeless, Salvation Army provides shelter for families, and single men and women. Additionally, they provide life skill classes and assistance for finding and retaining employment, and suitable, affordable housing.

The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Chad Cloninger, Director Division II, Ameren Illinois, said partnering with non-profit organizations such as The Salvation Army of Quincy is an essential step in this program and in improving the quality of life in Ameren Illinois’ service territory.

“Many of our customers face fundamental challenges to their quality of life. We hope to ease those burdens with these funds,” said Cloninger. “We are proud to invest in organizations like The Salvation Army of Quincy that help our customers when they are facing many of life’s hardships.”

Salvation Army Wraps Up Record Christmas Campaign In Hannibal

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The Salvation Army wrapped up its Hannibal 2015 Christmas Campaign with a record-setting total of $109,589. This year’s campaign goal was $95,000.
The funds raised helped provide 525 food boxes containing a complete Christmas meal for families. In partnership with Douglass Community Services and the Toys for Tots program, The Salvation Army’s Toy Town helped give out 7,408 toys to 916 children. In all, The Salvation Army served 1,999 people this Christmas season in Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Lewis, and Shelby counties.

266 volunteers also provided 688 hours of service to the Hannibal Salvation Army, most of which was by ringing bells at red kettles between November 13 and December 24.
Leading the Hannibal Christmas Campaign this year was former Hannibal-LaGrange University President, Dr. Woodrow Burt and his wife, Katherine.
The Salvation Army wishes to thank everyone who supported the Christmas Campaign. Whether you mailed in a donation, dropped money in a kettle, or volunteered, you helped make a difference in the lives of many people in our community.
This record campaign will also help The Salvation Army continue to meet the needs of struggling families throughout the coming year. All donations stay in northeast Missouri to help provide food, housing & rental assistance, along with help for utility bills, transportation and clothing. Families needing assistance can apply at The Salvation Army Family Services office located at 302 Broadway in Hannibal. In the past year, the Hannibal Salvation Army provided services to 5,116 individuals and families.
Questions can be directed to Matt Schmidt by calling 217-506-0236.

Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Update

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The Salvation Army continues its annual Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign in Quincy and Hannibal until the end of January. The goal for Quincy is $400,000. To date, $342,757 has been raised in Quincy, leaving $57,243 left to raise.

The goal for Hannibal, set at $95,000, has been successfully met at $98,194 raised. However, those wishing to donate may still do so.
Donations to The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign help provide Christmas food boxes, toys for children, delivery of gifts to nursing homes and shut-ins, and community holiday meals. These funds are also needed to support year-round programs and services for those in need, such as emergency disaster assistance, emergency shelter and food assistance, rent and utility assistance, youth programs, summer camp and many more. Your help is much needed to ensure The Salvation Army can continue to provide the expected level of programs and services in the coming year.

Donations to The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign may be made by cash, check, charge or debit cards by calling or stopping by The Salvation Army located in the Kroc Center at 405 Vermont Street in Quincy. Thank you for considering The Salvation Army as you make your charitable gifts. For those who have donated to the campaign, thank you!

Walmart’s “Fill the Truck” Toy Drives to Support The Salvation Army

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Walmart stores across the country are in the midst of the fourth annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive, which collects hundreds of thousands of toys for children in need in partnership with The Salvation Army as a part of the 125th annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Shoppers visiting participating Walmart stores on select weekends will have the opportunity to drop off new, unwrapped toys and coats for children who take part in The Salvation Army programs year-round as part of the company’s fourth annual “Fill the Truck” Toy Drive. The Hannibal Salvation Army will be partnering with the Hannibal Walmart on Saturday, December 12th from 9am to 4pm to collect for the campaign. Individuals, families, or groups are encouraged to bring a new or gently-used toy for The Salvation Army’s Toy Town. Donations will be collected at the main entrance of the Hannibal Walmart location.

Lists of suggested gifts to for local children will be provided to shoppers at participating Walmart locations. Once the truck or bin is full of donations, The Salvation Army will distribute the gifts to families in need.

With the help of generous shoppers, this campaign has raised over 275,500 toys and 17,200 coats since it began.

A major focus of this year’s national Red Kettle Campaign is to encourage Americans to share their reasons for giving using #RedKettleReason in social media posts. Everyone who donates to the “Fill the Truck” drive or one of the Red Kettles is encouraged to share his or her own #RedKettleReason. Those who share their #RedKettleReasons online through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube can see their posts on RedKettleReason.org.

For more than 40 years, Walmart has been an essential partner of The Salvation Army. This Thanksgiving and beyond, The Salvation Army gives thanks for Walmart, our valued partner in Doing the Most Good.

The Salvation Army Announces Distribution Dates For Christmas Food Baskets And Toy Town

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In Quincy, distribution of Christmas food baskets and Toy Town distribution of toys will take place on Wednesday, December 16th from 2-6pm, and on Thursday, December 17th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The location will be the old Phillips Furniture Building on 3rd and Broadway.
The Hannibal distribution will take place on Wednesday, December 16th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the old Family Dollar store, located in the Steamboat Bend Shopping Center.
All distributions are by appointment-only, for families who have approved applications on file with The Salvation Army.
Toy donations are still needed through Friday, December 11th, and can be dropped off in the bins at collection sites located in Quincy at the KHQA Studio, Y101/KICK-FM, the Kroc Center, and various other locations throughout Quincy. Hannibal toy collections are at Walmart.

Salvation Army Seeking Bell Ringers Ahead of Holiday Season

 

With the Christmas season upon us, The Salvation Army is once again looking for volunteers to ring bells at red kettle locations in Quincy, Hannibal, Palmyra, Canton, and Pittsfield. Volunteers can sign up online at www.ringbells.org for shifts as short as two hours, or they can “Adopt-A-Kettle” for a day using the same website.

In addition to volunteer positions, paid positions are also available this season. Paid positions are considered part-time, temporary, and applicants must be available from the “First Day of Kettles” starting Friday, November 13 and lasting through December 24. Applications for these positions are available at the Kroc Center Welcome Desk, located at 405 Vermont Street in Quincy. Applications are also available at the Salvation Army Family Store in Hannibal, located at 302 Broadway.

The bell ringing season begins on Friday, November 13th and ends Thursday December 24th. The hours for bell ringing are Monday through Friday 11:00am – 8:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am – 7:00pm. Gather your friends and family to help your fellow man this Christmas season by “Doing the Most Good” with The Salvation Army.

For more information please contact Jeremy Koren at 217-231-5633.