2015 Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign Kick-Off

2015 Christmas Campaign Little Girl with Kettle

The Quincy Salvation Army began the Christmas season with our annual Tree of Lights Christmas kick-off event during a luncheon on Thursday, November 12 at 11:30am at the Emergency Shelter/Family Services facility at 501 Broadway. This year’s campaign chairs, Bill and Chris Daniels, were officially introduced along with the announcement of the 2015 campaign goal, which is $400,000.

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 is pleased to announce Bill and Chris Daniels as our 2015 Christmas Campaign Chairs.

The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in need in the greater Adams County area. 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 2015:
– 17,822 individual instances of assistance were given.
– 491 individuals received 4,674 nights of lodging at the Emergency Shelter.
– 18,304 meals were provided to shelter residents.
– 931 individuals participated in life skills classes.
– 2,227 food boxes were provided to families through the food pantry

Also, during the 2014 Holiday Season…
– 1,250 families received Christmas Food Baskets.
– 5,989 toys were distributed for Christmas.
– 901 individuals were provided dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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.

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


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.”

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.