Introducing Mobile Giving

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The Salvation Army has announced the implementation of mobile giving for their 2017 Christmas Campaigns. The text-based platform will allow users to donate to the campaign of their choosing directly from their cell phone.

Contributors can text the keyword “DONATEQUINCY” to 41444 and receive a link to the mobile donation page. Users can then choose to donate $25, $50, $100, or a custom amount of their choice. Donors will also have the option of making their contribution a one-time, weekly, monthly, or quarterly offering.

Similarly, users that wish to contribute to the Hannibal Salvation Army Christmas Campaign can use the same method to donate. Hannibal users must text the keyword “DONATEHANNIBAL” to 41444 to send their donation to the Hannibal Christmas Campaign.

“With the introduction of mobile giving, we will be able to reach a new demographic, as well as offer a convenient alternative to the methods of fundraising we already have in place,” says Salvation Army Development Director Patty Douglas. “We’re very excited to integrate this new form of giving during this year’s Christmas Campaign.”

The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in need in the greater Adams County area in Illinois, and in Hannibal and six additional counties in northeast Missouri during the Christmas season, including the distribution of food and toys to those in need in our community.

Quincy Salvation Army Will Host Free Christmas Dinner For Community

Once again, the Quincy Salvation Army will serve a free community Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 from 11am to 12:30 pm. The dinner will be held in the gymnasium at The Kroc Center at 405 Vermont Street.

For those needing a ride, transportation will be provided to the Kroc Center. Meals will also be delivered to shut-ins. Those who need a meal delivered or need transportation should call The Salvation Army at 217-231-5626 by 12pm on Wednesday, December 20.

Anyone wishing to donate a dessert for the Christmas dinner is asked to bring them to the Kroc Center by 10:30am on Christmas morning.

Volunteers interested in helping serve the Christmas meal should contact the Kroc Center at 217-231-5626. Please leave a message with your name and the number of people volunteering.  Names will be accepted until Thursday, December 22.

Hannibal Christmas Campaign Kicks Off

The Hannibal Salvation Army kicked off its Christmas season with the annual Tree of Lights Christmas Kick-off event last night at the Hannibal Nutrition Center.

The 2017 Christmas campaign goal has been set at $100,000 Major Andy Miller, area commander, was please to announce that $10,500 of this goal has already been received.

Each year, community leaders step up to serve as honorary chairs of the Christmas campaign, further extending the outreach and effectiveness of the efforts of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army announced Susan and Jay Johnson as its 2017 Christmas Campaign Chairs.

The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in need in the counties of Marion, Ralls, Lewis, Monroe, and Shelby. Following are a few examples of ways The Salvation Army has given a hand up to our neighbors in need.

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter & Family Services provided the following assistance during 2016:
9,274 individual instances of assistance were given
4,330 people were served by the daily bread line
1,139 food boxes were distributed
49 families received utility assistance
98 families received help with clothing
16 families were provided rent assistance
Last Christmas:
611 families received Christmas food boxes
1,073 children received toys for Christmas
2,146 toys were distributed

Major Andrew Miller invited attendees to visit the family store and offices at 302 Broadway, adding that “soon, by December 1, I hope, we will move our location to the Steamboat Bend Shopping Center.”

Before dinner was served, the people were entertained by the Salvation Army Brass Band.

During dinner, Praise Song from HLGU presented three songs, led by the university’s creative director, John Francis, and performance director, Jeremiah Craighead.

Volunteers are an important part of the Christmas season and are needed to assist with many Christmas programs and activities, especially bell ringing. Please contact Jeremy Koren for more information about volunteer opportunities at 217-231-5633.

Boy Scouts Donate To Salvation Army

Black Hawk Lodge 67, Order of the Arrow, part of the Mississippi Valley Council of The Boy Scouts of America presented a check to the Quincy Salvation Army on Friday, October 27 during The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board meeting. The Scouting Program recently created and sold a patch featuring The Salvation Army shield. The troop raised a total of $2,300 with sales of the special emblem.

Lodge Chief Isaiah Aden, Past Chief Jack Gunsten, and Supreme Chief of the Fire Todd Lamison attended the meeting and presented the check to Salvation Army Area Commander Major Andy Miller and Advisory Board Vice Chair JoAnn Wilmott.

“The Salvation Army is honored that the Scouting Program’s Order of the Arrow chose to design a patch with The Salvation Army shield this year,” says Salvation Army Development Director Patty Douglas. “We were further honored to be the recipient of $2,300 from the sale of the patches. These funds will help us continue to serve those in need in our community.”

Bell Ringing Season Is Here!

The familiar sights and sounds of red kettles and bells will soon return to the tri-states as the Quincy Salvation Army begins its first day of fundraising for the 2017 Christmas campaign on Friday, November 10.

With multiple locations across the tri-states hosting a red kettle, now is a great time for you, your group, or organization to volunteer as a Salvation Army bell ringer. Those interested can register online at ringbells.org or contact Seasonal Events Coordinator Jeremy Koren by calling 217-231-5633 or via email jeremy_koren@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Funds raised from the red kettles remain local to support The Salvation Army and the services they provide such as holiday meals and toys, shelter for the homeless, job assistance, and more.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Quincy Salvation Army will serve its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23 from 11am – 12:30pm at The Salvation Army Kroc Center located at 405 Vermont Street. The community is invited to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey and all the trimmings. Music will be provided by The Salvation Army Praise Band.

“Volunteer help is appreciated, but it is important to call The Kroc Center at 217-231-5626 to schedule your time this day so that all who want to help have an opportunity,” says Major Andrew Miller.

Desserts are needed for the dinner. Please bring dishes for the meal in disposable containers. Everyone wishing to donate a dessert for the Thanksgiving dinner is asked to bring them to The Kroc Center on Wednesday or before 10am Thursday, November 23.

For those needing a ride, transportation will be provided to The Kroc Center. Meals will also be delivered to shut-ins.
For more information, transportation, or meal delivery contact The Salvation Army Kroc Center at 217-231-5626.

Salvation Army To Host Christmas Treevia Event

Join us for this year’s Christmas Treevia event on Sunday, December 10 at The Kroc Center! This family-friendly event is for all ages and features trivia from movies, music, and everything in between.

Doors will open at 1pm with the event set to begin at 1:30pm. Cost to enter is $10 per person. Teams can be comprised of up to eight players. There will be a contest for the ugliest sweater and a silent auction during the event. Snacks and drinks will be available. Outside snacks are allowed, but no alochol will be permitted.

Proceeds from this event benefit The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign.

To register, contact Matt Schmidt by calling 217-231-5694 or emailing matt_schmidt@usc.salvationarmy.org

Changing Lives – Shelter and Family Services

Emergency Shelter SignThe Need:
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Quincy, Illinois is the only shelter within more than 100 miles that serves both families and single men and women.

Progress on the new John Gardner Stevenson Family Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center has been completed, and as of March 22, 2013 operations are being held at the 501 Broadway building. The Grand Opening Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00pm. Video of the dedication ceremony can be found here. The new building is located diagonally from the Kroc Center, making it much easier to coordinate programs once held several miles away from each other. It can house up to 16 people with rooms dedicated to single men & women as well as families. Our Family Services and Food Pantry are also located there.

What would you consider a priority for your family?
Would you put food at the top of the list? Or perhaps a roof over your head, utilities, prescriptions, or something else? For many people, through no fault of their own, these questions have become something to lay awake at night and worry about.

For most of us, the thought of coming to The Salvation Army for assistance would be unimaginable, but for a growing number of families it is a part of survival. Some who felt they had everything six months ago now realize they have very little to support themselves after a job loss.

That’s where The Salvation Army steps in to help. Through your generosity, we have been able to help families throughout our region answer these questions in this unforgiving economy.

According to the terms of Joan Kroc’s designated bequest, No Kroc dollars may be used for direct service to clients, such as food, clothing, shelter, etc. or for the building of transitional housing or emergency shelters.

IMG_9832Program Mission
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter and Family Services programs strive to bring about positive changes to individuals and families who are homeless or are in need of basic necessities.

Applying the gospel of Jesus Christ, physical and spiritual needs are met without discrimination. Guidance and support is given to assist those we serve to lead self-sufficient lives, which in turn will strengthen family and community.

What we are doing
To help prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless, Family Services offers daily breadline, transportation, furniture, clothing, food pantry, rent and utility assistance, prescription assistance and more.

For those who are homeless, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter, provides crisis intervention by offering temporary housing to families and single men and women. Assistance is provided to help shelter residents find and retain employment and locate affordable housing.

Both programs provide life skills classes, case management, Christian counseling and referrals to other agencies who might further assist in meeting the clients’ needs.