Salvation Army Seeking Volunteers Ahead of New Family Store Opening

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The Salvation Army will be opening the new Family Store this August. In preparation for the opening of this store, which supports our Emergency Family Shelter, volunteers are needed to sort and hang clothing. Our temporary, air-conditioned sorting site is the former McDonald Stove building at the corner of 3rd and Maine. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday for a three to four hour shift. If you or your organization would like to volunteer your time, please contact Family Store Manager, Scott Andrews by calling 217-506-0229 to schedule hours.

Guidelines for Donations of Good Used Clothing and Home Furnishings

Most gently-used or nearly new items are gladly accepted, such as:

  • Clothing
  • Jewelry,
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Patio Furniture
  • Coolers
  • Grills
  • Electronics
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Home Decor
  • Collectibles

Some items are only accepted conditionally.
These items must be clean and in working condition:

  • Electronics and Mechanical Items
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Stoves and Microwave Ovens
  • Lawn Equipment
  • Unstained Furniture that is not torn, broken, or missing parts

 

General categories of items which cannot be accepted include:

  • Items that cannot be quickly resold
  • Items that may cause harm to individuals, or
  • Items that may cause harm to the environment
  • Items that are clearly past their useful life/broken or heavily soiled

Such items we must politely refuse include the following (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Medical equipment: adult walkers, canes, crutches, wheelchairs, leg braces, breathing devices, bath seats, etc
  • Bean Bags
  • Blinds
  • Built in Appliances
  • Custom Built Furniture
  • Bunk Beds for Children
  • Car Seats/ Carriers
  • Chemicals
  • Chest with clasps or locks
  • Children’s Clothing with heat transfers
  • Children’s Jewelry
  • Computer Parts
  • Console TV’s and Analog TV’s
  • Cribs
  • Dishwashers
  • Hair Dryers and Culing Irons W/O ISP
  • Wire Hangers
  • Halogen Floor Lamps
  • Hospital Beds
  • Liquid Heater (Kerosene or other)
  • Magnetic Toys
  • Metal Office Furniture
  • Organs
  • Paint
  • Upright Pianos
  • Play Pens
  • Play Yard
  • Toy Chest
  • Trash Compactors
  • Typewriters
  • Baby Walkers
  • Waterbeds
  • Water Softeners
  • Carpet
  • Mattresses and Boxed Springs

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 15th, 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 To Celebrate 125 Years Of Service With “A Magical Night On The Mississippi”

Hannibal125Annv_LogoFINAL_OL-HorzThe Hannibal Salvation Army continues to celebrate 125 years in Hannibal with a dinner cruise aboard the historic Mark Twain Riverboat for “A Magical Night On The Mississippi” on Thursday, August 20th. Boarding will begin at 6 PM with the cruise departing at 6:30 PM. Among the evening’s magical events will be a performance from the Salvation Army Brass Band, as well as a performance from gospel magic entertainers and former Hannibal officers, Majors Ed and Marge Jarvis.

Those interested in attending the event can purchase tickets for $65 each, or $125 per pair. Limited space is available for the celebration. Therefore, it is highly encouraged that tickets are purchased as soon as possible. The deadline for ticket purchases is August 7th.

To reserve your tickets, please call 217-506-0236. If you wish to mail your request, please send it to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1203, Hannibal, MO 63401. Please make checks payable to The Salvation Army.

Salvation Army Unveils New Hometown Endowment Fund Campaign

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The Quincy Salvation Army has been serving the needs of the greater Adams County area for more than 122 years. And the Army plans to continue that tradition with the unveiling of a new Hometown Endowment Fund campaign.

The goal is to provide anyone who turns to The Salvation Army for help with the support and skills they’ll need to become self-sufficient. Over the years, the number of people we aid continues to grow; and with the dramatic increases in requests for assistance over the past several years, financial resources are seldom able to keep pace with this ever-growing need for assistance.

Enter The Hometown Endowment Fund — a special fund created to assure continuous and stable funding for the emergency shelter and family services programs offered by The Salvation Army. It makes available now, as well as in the future, a source of income to support programs that assist individuals and families in need. The Hometown Endowment Fund preserves the principal and provides earnings and interest to be utilized for operations and programs.

The fund is an ideal vehicle to provide the stability to grow along with the needs of the Quincy community and surrounding area, of which The Salvation Army works hand-in-hand with each day to meet the needs of those less fortunate. As long as there are needs to be met, The Salvation Army stands ready to serve, making a difference one life at a time, and, above all, doing the most good.

There are many ways in which you can contribute to the Hometown Endowment Fund. For more information on how you can donate, click here.

For more information on the Hometown Endowment Fund, please contact:

Patty Douglas – Development Director
Phone: (217) 231-5627
Email:  Patty_Douglas@usc.salvationarmy.org

or

Matt Schmidt – Gifts Advisor
Phone: (217) 231-5694
Email:  matthew_schmidt@usc.salvationarmy.org

 

Salvation Army Prepares For Grand Opening of New Thrift Store

Progress continues to be made daily at the new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store site

Progress continues to be made at the new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store site.

In 2013, The Salvation Army purchased property between 4th & 5th Streets on Broadway in preparation for construction of the new Family Thrift Store. Those who have driven past the intersection since the September 2014 groundbreaking have noticed the impressive new structure coming together at a rapid pace. Now, mere months away from the store’s grand opening, The Salvation Army looks to not only make an impact with the implementation of the new building and its services, but also to continue doing what it does best – give back to the community.

“Our Thrift Store directly supports the homeless population, who rely on our Emergency Shelter. In fact, our store may be the only thrift store in the area that uses its proceeds solely for the purpose of funding a shelter. Our existing Thrift Store operations simply must be updated so that we can fulfill this need,” states Salvation Army Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller.

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The store, which is projected to open August 1st, will soon be taking donations. Donations can be dropped off during the store’s business hours, which are 9 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Saturday. Items such as gently used furniture, clothing, and various other home furnishings will be accepted, most of which can be conveniently dropped off thanks to the addition of a new drive-thru donation center. The 25,000 square foot facility features increased floor space, a modern storefront design, and on-site parking — amenities which are lacking at the store’s current location.

Though operations at the store’s current 812 Maine location will cease once the new facility opens at 425 Broadway, The Salvation Army’s support of the community will only continue to flourish, with the new Family Thrift Store aiding individuals and families in need by providing vouchers to area schools for teachers and administrators to share with families, donating items of clothing and furniture to qualified individuals through The Salvation Army Family Services and Emergency Shelter, or as The Salvation Army simply puts it, “doing the most good.”

Breaking Ground on the Future

For developing information on the new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, please continue checking this page for regular updates.

The Salvation Army Celebrates 125 Years Serving Hannibal, Missouri

Hannibal125Annv_LogoFINAL_OL-HorzThe Salvation Army celebrated 125 years of serving Hannibal, Missouri on Tuesday, April 21 at the Hannibal History Museum located at 217 North Main. Unveiled was a display featuring the history of The Salvation Army and its ties to Hannibal. Other anniversary events planned throughout the year were also announced.

The Salvation Army Announces Conclusion of the 2014 Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign

The 2014 Christmas Chairs, the Stevenson Family (John Jr., Dale, Jack & Alec, along with Major Andy Miller and Advisory Board President, Mary Oakley.

The 2014 Quincy Christmas Chairs, the Stevenson Family (John Jr., Dale, Jack & Alec), along with Area Commander, Major Andy Miller, Jr. and Advisory Board President, Mary Oakley.

The Quincy Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Chairs, the Stevenson Family, have announced the completion of a successful 2014 Christmas Campaign. The Quincy campaign goal of $393,000 was exceeded with a total raised of $429,205.

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 our service area: 1,250 families received Christmas food baskets. 1,687 children received 11,809 toys from Toy Town. 452 meals were served on Thanksgiving, and 420 meals were served on Christmas Day.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the 2,102 volunteers who donated 7,811 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 2014 Christmas Campaign a success.

Hannibal Salvation Army:
The Hannibal Salvation Army has announced the completion of its 2014 Christmas Campaign. A total of $95,163 was raised toward the $105,750 goal. This represents the highest amount ever raised for a Hannibal Salvation Army Christmas Campaign.

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 Hannibal and five surrounding Northeast Missouri counties 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 the Hannibal service area: 464 families received Christmas food baskets. 808 children received 5,817 toys from Toy Town.

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 2014 Christmas Campaign a success.

The Salvation Army to Build New Thrift Store

NEW ThriftStoreGroundbreaking_webMembers of The Salvation Army Thrift Store Committee and city officials officially break-ground
on the new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store to be located at 425 Broadway in Quincy.

On Monday, September 29, 2014 The Salvation Army, with help from city officials, broke ground on the empty lot at 5th & Broadway. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Kyle Moore, as well as former and current Salvation Army Board Members & Managers, Major Andrew Miller, representatives from Architechnics and Maas Construction.

In 2013, The Salvation Army purchased property between 4th & 5th Streets on Broadway in preparation for construction of a new Thrift Store. The sale of the property closed on Friday, October 11, 2013 clearing the way for The Salvation Army to begin construction of the new facility, which is being designed by Architechnics, Inc. of Quincy.

Located directly across 5th Street from The Salvation Army John Gardner Stevenson Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center, the new approximately 25,000 square foot Thrift Store facility will feature the ability to accept donations through a covered drive-thru donation center, increased floor space, and a modern storefront design with parking on-site. Upon the opening of this new facility, in the summer of 2015, The Salvation Army Thrift Store at 812 Maine Street will close.

“Our intention is to move the operations of our existing store from Maine Street to the new location, and it is important for the public to understand why we are building this new store,” stated Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller. “Our Thrift Store directly supports the homeless population, who rely on our Emergency Shelter. In fact, our store may be the only thrift store in the area that uses its proceeds solely for the purpose of funding a shelter. Our existing Thrift Store operations simply must be updated so that we can fulfill this need. “

Major Miller further stated, “This Thrift Store project is very different from the other recent projects we have completed in Quincy including the Kroc Center and the Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center. Those projects were largely funded through major donations and fundraising campaigns before we broke ground. We will be taking out a mortgage in order to initiate this project. That is how strongly we believe in it.”
The construction of the new store will serve to further consolidate The Salvation Army’s operations in Quincy into one central campus with its epicenter at 5th & Broadway, improving efficiency and reducing costs.

The Thrift Store is an important component of The Salvation Army’s operations, since proceeds from sales help fund The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Quincy. It is part of the “hand up, not a hand out” process which ultimately supports shelter residents in the long run. It is hoped that the new store, with better access and more parking, will help provide much needed additional revenue for the Emergency Shelter. The shelter provides emergency housing for families and single men and women. It is the only shelter within more than 100 miles serving both singles and families. The Family Thrift Store provides vouchers to area schools for teachers and administrators to share with families in need. Last year, 4,903 items of clothing and furniture were provided to qualified individuals through The Salvation Army Family Services and Emergency Shelter.

Breaking Ground on the Future

Artist rendering of the planned Salvation Army Family Thrift Store to be located at 425 Broadway in Quincy, IL.

 

The KHQA, Hy-Vee ‘Vacation From Starvation’ Summer Food Drive

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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.

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