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.

 

Salvation Army Honors Mary Oakley For Service

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Mary Oakley has long been a loyal advocate and servant of the Quincy Salvation Army. This month, Oakley’s term as Salvation Army Board Chair came to an end. Oakley was honored at a recent Salvation Army event, highlighting her achievements and thanking her for her dedicated service over the years.

“I think I came in [around] 1984,” said Oakley. “I worked on the Thrift Store committee most of my years. I co-chaired with the late Lil Keller at the banquet celebrating 125 years of The Salvation Army being in Quincy.”

In addition to her duties as Board Chair, Oakley remained busy and involved with many different facets of the Quincy Salvation Army. She served on committees for Christmas and The Salvation Army Thrift Store, and also took part in many of the Salvation Army’s Social Services programs, such as serving the breadline.

“I worked on and was Chair of the Nominating Committee. I served as Christmas Chair for a year as well,” she continues.

Oakley also has enjoyed participating in the annual Salvation Army Ring A Bell Run.

Regarding her time spent serving the Army, Oakley offered, “My hat goes off to the dedicated and compassionate staff that we have at the Kroc, our new Family Store, and the Family Services Shelter. We are blessed with an exceptional group of associates.”

Hannibal Salvation Army Celebrates 125 Years With Riverboat Cruise

The Hannibal Salvation Army celebrated its 125th anniversary with a dinner cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat on Thursday, August 20th. Retired Salvation Army Majors Ed & Marge Jarvis, who once served in Hannibal, returned for “A Magical Night On The Mississippi.” The evening included a brass ensemble from Kansas City and a performance gospel magic show from the Majors. Proceeds from the night help support the Hannibal Salvation Army food pantry and social services programs.

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Maine Street Thrift Store to Close on Friday, August 21

In preparation for the opening of our new Family Store at 425 Broadway, the former store on Maine Street will conduct its last day of business on Friday, August 21, one day earlier than originally planned.

The new Salvation Army Family Store will open at 9:00am approximately one week later, on Saturday, August 29.

See our Family Stores menu tab and other articles for more information about the new store.

Salvation Army Prepares To Celebrate Grand Opening Of New Family Store

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The brand new Salvation Army Family Store at 425 Broadway in Quincy is set to open its doors to the public on Saturday, August 29 beginning at 9am.

With the closing of the old location at 812 Maine, the new 25,000 square foot facility boasts an impressive area full of secondhand items, as well as a drive-thru donation bay. The new facility also offers on-site parking — amenities which were lacking at the store’s former location.

The grand opening of the new store will begin at 9am on Saturday, August 29th, with the store remaining open to the public until its 7pm closing time.

For more information, please contact Family Store Manager, Scott Andrews by calling (217) 224-5998.

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