Salvation Army Continues to Respond to Hurricanes

Hurricane Relief Efforts Donation Card

 

The Salvation Army continues to be active in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by providing meals, snacks, drinks, shelter, comfort kits, cleanup kits, and emotional & spiritual care to anyone affected by the hurricanes. In Texas, mobile feeding units (canteens) are delivering three meals a day and essential supplies to communities still without power or where power has only recently been restored. To date, The Salvation Army has served 446,158 meals, 496,369 drinks, and 11,022 comfort kits in response to Hurricane Harvey. In Florida, all 47 Salvation Army units, from Pensacola to south Florida, are assessing and serving residents in need. The Salvation Army will have a presence throughout the entire recovery process and be there for anyone affected by Harvey or Irma.

Locally, the best and quickest way to support The Salvation Army’s hurricane relief efforts is through financial donations. To make a donation, please visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555 or you can send a check to The Salvation Army at 405 Vermont, Quincy, IL 62301 and designate “Hurricane Relief ” in the memo line. 100% of donations marked disaster relief are used for that purpose. At this time, we are not planning on sending any physical items (food, clothing, water, etc.) to assist with relief efforts unless specifically requested by The Salvation Army in Texas or Florida, however, those items are always welcome at our Family Stores and food pantries in Quincy and Hannibal to support our local efforts. For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

Quincy Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator, Jeremy Koren, is currently slated to travel to impacted areas to assist in recovery coordination.

Kroc Center to Host Gateway Citadel Corps Band for Free Concert

The Kroc Center will be hosting a FREE concert featuring The Salvation Army St. Louis Gateway Citadel Corps Band and Songsters on Saturday, September 23rd beginning at 6pm in the Kroc Center Worship Theater.

This band and songsters have been one of the top Salvation Army Corps bands for decades! Many of its former members have gone on to play professionally.

Presently, there are five former members of the Gateway Citadel Band who presently play in the renowned Chicago Staff Band.

The group is an important part of the total ministry of their local Salvation Army with many taking the time to teach the next generations of brass players and singers.

There will be a free offering during the event. Those that are unable to attend the concert can catch the band at the Morning Holiness Worship Service on Sunday, September 24th at 10:30am in Hannibal’s Central Park, located at 4th and Broadway in Hannibal, Missouri.

Hannibal Salvation Army Holds Bowl-a-Thon

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The Hannibal Salvation Army celebrated Christmas in July on Saturday with a successful Bowl-a-Thon. 11 teams came out to bowl at Ten Pin Alleys to help raise $1,175 for the Hannibal Salvation Army food pantry. 16 bowlers had a chance to win $5,000 by picking up a 7-10 split. Unfortunately, no one was able to successfully complete the challenging task. Thanks to all our sponsors and everyone who dressed up in their Christmas best to help support us!

Quincy Machinists Donate Fans to Salvation Army

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The International Association Of Machinists Local 822 of Quincy recently donated 20 box fans as part of The Salvation Army’s Summer Fan Program. Pictured left to right are Ross Miller, Business Representative of the Machinists Lodge, Steve Booher, Vice President of the Machinists Lodge, and Major Andrew Miller.
Thank you, Machinists Lodge, for your support!

Hannibal Salvation Army to Host “Christmas In July” Bowl-a-Thon on July 22nd

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Mark your calendars! The Hannibal Salvation Army will be hosting the “Christmas In July” Bowl-a-Thon on Saturday, July 22nd at Ten Pin Alleys at 306 S. 6th Street in Hannibal, Missouri. The event will begin at 1:30pm and is sponsored by Townsquare Media.

Entry fee for a team of five is $100. Registration fee includes 3 games of bowling and shoe rental. Those interested in participating must register by July 12th.

Teams are encouraged to wear their most festive outfits (such as ugly Christmas sweaters) for the event. Prizes will be awarded and a silent auction will also be taking place at the competition. Up to 16 eligible bowlers will also have the chance to win $5,000 by picking up a 7-10 split during the contest.

All proceeds benefit the Hannibal Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Hannibal Salvation Army or at Ten Pin Alleys. Those interested in signing up can also call Matt Schmidt at 217-231-5694. Completed forms can be mailed to to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1203, Hannibal, MO 63401, Attn: Matt Schmidt. Team Captains will be notified of time assignments. Make checks payable to: The Salvation Army.

KHQA and Salvation Army Summer Drive

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Local television station KHQA is teaming up with HyVee on Broadway in Quincy to collect food and toiletry items for the Quincy Salvation Army! The summer drive will help stock the Salvation Army food pantry, which serves those in need by supplying non-perishable food items and toiletries in the Quincy area.

KHQA will be broadcasting live at HyVee (3700 Broadway) throughout the event, which takes place on Friday, June 16th from 9am to 7pm.

Salvation Army Night with the Quincy Gems

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The Quincy Gems are set to take on the Kokomo Jackrabbits during Salvation Army night at QU Stadium on Friday, July 14th! First pitch is set for 6:35pm.

Attendees can bring two (2) non-perishable food items and receive 1/2 off your ticket price at the gate as we help Strike Out Hunger with the Quincy Gems!

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 12th, 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

Celebrating National Salvation Army Week!

This week, we celebrate our 62nd annual National Salvation Army Week. Each year, this week serves as an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, donors and program beneficiaries who have enabled us to serve in the United States for 135 years.

This week is observed immediately following Mother’s Day in May and was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S.

In his speech, President Eisenhower noted,

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

We’re thankful for this opportunity to recognize the 3.5 million volunteers who give their time and talents to The Salvation Army each year and help us “Do The Most Good” for those in need every year!

In celebration of this week, a variety of events and activities honoring donors, supporters and beneficiaries will take place across the country. For events near you, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to find a list of locations.

In Quincy, The Salvation Army helps people with several different services including rent and mortgage payment assistance, help with buying groceries, support to purchase prescription medicine, and assistance with energy bills. Each year, more than 13,665 people receive support, thanks to generous donors, volunteers, and corporate partners.

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters!

Salvation Army Celebrates National Donut Day June 2nd

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National Donut Day is Friday, June 2nd!

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the “donut lassies” of The Salvation Army, the Quincy Salvation Army is teaming up with Dunkin Donuts of Quincy to celebrate the occasion!

You can support The Salvation Army as we celebrate, too! Now through May 31, make a $25 donation to the Quincy Salvation Army, and we’ll deliver one dozen Dunkin Donuts to the person, business, or organization of your choice on Friday, June 2nd!

Place your order by sending your donation and the name and address of the person whom you’d like to receive the donuts to:

Matt Schmidt
C/O The Salvation Army
405 Vermont Street
Quincy, IL 62301

You can also call Matt at 217-231-5694.

Orders must be paid and received by May 31st in order to be eligible.


About National Donut Day:

National Donut Day 2017 will take place on Friday, June 2nd, marking the 100th anniversary of The Salvation Army Donut Lassies. While this annual event is a great reason to enjoy this timelessly tasty treat, there’s more to the celebration than mere sweet indulgence. And, though you may not have known it, National Donut Day’s roots lie strongly within The Salvation Army.

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The idea for Donut Day began on the battlefields of France during World War I when Salvation Army workers served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches. Both rations and troop morale were poor, so the idea of making and serving donuts was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer. However, donuts were not the reason Salvation Army workers were in the fighting zones of France. Those men and women (approximately 250 volunteers) were there primarily to offer spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldiers and their allies, and to serve as a link between home and family.

National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending, home-cooked meals, and, of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines. With limited resources, the donuts served were cooked only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying the treats in the helmets of soldiers. And the rest is history!