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.