‘Vacation From Starvation’ Summer Food Drive Under Way

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The KHQA/HyVee “Vacation from Starvation” Summer Food Drive…because nobody should have to run on empty.

It’s that time of year when children will soon be out of school, but unfortunately, hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Many children may not receive the usual lunches they are used to during the regular school day. Their families will turn to local food pantries like The Salvation Army. But, this is a difficult time of year to keep the pantry stocked.

You can help make sure The Salvation Army pantry is fully prepared to meet this need, so that no one has to go hungry. Just check out a $5 or $10 bag of food from either Hy-Vee store in Quincy! A $5 Food Bag earns you 5¢ off per gallon of gas added to your FuelSaver card. And a $10 Food Bag earns you 10¢ off per gallon of gas. HyVee will then donate the food to The Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Don’t wait! This promotion ends June 12, so stop by Hy-Vee today to help those in need take a “Vacation From Starvation”, because no one should have to run on empty.

 

Hannibal Regional Hospital Makes Donation To Salvation Army

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The Hannibal Salvation Army food pantry received a generous donation from the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

During a Pack The Pantry drive, the group collected hundreds of items, including food, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and diapers.

Thank you, Hannibal Regional, and the women’s auxiliary for your support!

Monroe City MFA Makes Donation To Hannibal Salvation Army

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Employees of MFA Oil Company in Monroe City recently presented a check on behalf of the MFA Oil Foundation to The Salvation Army of Hannibal.

The $1,750 grant will be used to buy a new chest freezer and refrigerator for The Salvation Army food pantry at 302 Broadway in Hannibal.

Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller, and case worker, Melissa Meeker, accepted the check on behalf of the Hannibal Salvation Army which serves the counties of Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Shelby, and Lewis.

Salvation Army Kicks Off Summer Fan Program

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The Salvation Army will, again this year, distribute electric fans to those in need. The program will begin on June 13th, and fans will be distributed as they are available in both Quincy and Hannibal.

Persons applying for fans should bring a photo ID with them to their local Salvation Army Family Services Center. For those with children under 5 years of age in the household, a Social Security card or Medical card is also required. In Quincy, the Family Services Center is located at 501 Broadway. Hannibal residents should apply at the Family Services Center at 302 Broadway in Hannibal. The hours at both locations are Monday through Thursday, 1:00PM to 4:00PM.

Fan distribution will be prioritized for people over the age of 65, those with children under 5 yrs of age, and those who are disabled.

Fans can only be distributed while supplies last. Donations of new and gently used fans are currently needed now and throughout the summer. Donated fans may be dropped off at either Salvation Army Family Services Center in Quincy or Hannibal, or the Kroc Center in Quincy, located at 405 Vermont Street.

Monetary donations for purchase of fans are also much needed and may be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 75, Quincy, IL, 62306. Please designate donations as “Fan Program – Hannibal” or “Fan Program – Quincy”.

For more information, please contact Social Services Director Heidi Welty at (217)-222-2087

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.