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!

Salvation Army Responds to Area Spring Floods – Learn How You Can Help

St. Louis, Mo.– The Salvation Army has been active throughout the Midland Division in response to the spring floods. Multiple Canteen operations are active throughout the division in the St. Louis area and southern Missouri (weather permitting) serving meals, snacks, drinks, cleanup kits, and the occasional Band-Aid. Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) will be setup in the coming days and weeks to provide financial assistance, cleanup kits, etc., for those affected by the floods. Jeremy Koren, Seasonal Events Coordinator for The Salvation Army Quincy Area Command, is currently at The Salvation Army Area Command Center in St. Louis serving as the Planning Section Chief. An Area Command Center was established to support the multiple flood-related incidents throughout the Midland Division. To support The Salvation Army’s flood relief efforts across Missouri and Southern Illinois, please text FLOODHELP to 41444. For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

Those in the Quincy, IL area who would like to assist are encouraged to contact Jeremy Koren, Area Command Center Planning Section Chief by sending email to jeremy_koren@usc.salvationarmy.org or calling 217-440-0455.

Quincy Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Sponsors 53rd Annual Dress-An-Angel Program

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The Quincy Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is sponsoring its 53rd annual Dress An Angel clothing project on Saturday, April 8th, 2017. This year, as in the past 52, the women will provide a new Easter/Spring outfit and Bible for over 300 children ages 12 and under in the Quincy area.

Each year, other area churches, community groups, organizations and many individuals donate items and financial support for this program. We want to continue this wonderful collaboration again this year as we share with families in our community. Because need continues to increase, The Salvation Army requests community support and donations of both new clothing and financial gifts for our program this year.

The public can assist the Women’s Auxiliary by donating new purchased clothing (children’s sizes – infant to 16/18) or with a financial donation for the purchase of new clothing, Bibles and personal care items. Donations would be appreciated by March 27th.

Clothing and donations of personal care items may be dropped off at the Kroc Center at 405 Vermont. Checks should be made out to The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and delivered to the Kroc Center or P.O. Box 75, Quincy, IL 62306-0075.

Those wishing to apply for assistance from the program may turn in an application between March 13th and March 30th, Monday through Thursday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at The Salvation Army Family Service Center at 501 Broadway in Quincy.

To apply, proof of residency and guardianship is needed, including photo identification. Parents must bring their child/children on the day of distribution on April 8th. Those interested in participating in this year’s Dress An Angel program are encouraged to contact The Salvation Army Family Services office at 217-222-2087.

 

Quincy Salvation Army Celebrates Successful 2016 Christmas Campaign

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The Quincy Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Chairs, the Dustin and Allison Hall family, have announced the completion of a successful 2016 Christmas Campaign. The Quincy campaign goal of $400,000 was exceeded with a total raised of $407,276.

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, Brown , and Pike County areas on a daily basis throughout the entire year.

The need for assistance to the people of the Quincy area community is a constant, which The Salvation Army takes very seriously, especially during this campaign.
This holiday season the following assistance was given in the Quincy service area: 700 Christmas food boxes were distributed to families. 723 children received 4,338 toys from Toy Town. 480 meals were served on Thanksgiving, and 380 meals were served on Christmas Day.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the 1,663 volunteers who donated 4,018 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 2016 Christmas Campaign a success.

Successful Hannibal Christmas Campaign Concludes

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The Hannibal Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Chairs, Joseph and Sharon Welch, have announced the completion of a successful 2016 Christmas Campaign. The Hannibal campaign goal of $100,000 was exceeded with a total raised of $103,412.

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 throughout the entire year.

The need for assistance to the people of the Hannibal area community is a constant, which The Salvation Army takes very seriously, especially during this campaign.

This holiday season the following assistance was given in the Hannibal service area: 600 families received Christmas food baskets and 1,073 children received 2,146 toys from Toy Town. In conjunction with Toys for Tots of Northeast Missouri, almost 5,400 toys were distributed.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the 366 volunteers from the Hannibal area, who donated 793 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 2016 Christmas Campaign a success.

Salvation Army Receives Grant From Riedel Foundation

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The Hannibal Salvation Army recently received a $2,500 grant from the Riedel Foundation to help purchase food for this year’s Christmas food boxes.

The George H. Riedel Private Foundation was established in the year 2000. He and his father served as Directors for F&M Bank and Trust Company for over 90 years. The purpose of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the city of Hannibal, Missouri.

This December, The Salvation Army expects to distribute at least 525 food boxes in the Hannibal area.

Annual Vacation From Starvation Food Drive Concludes

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The 2016 Vacation From Starvation Food Drive concluded on June 12th. The food drive, which began May 23rd, offered shoppers at local HyVee grocery stores the opportunity to purchase two different bags of food that would be donated to The Salvation Army food pantry in Quincy. Shoppers would (depending on which food bag they purchased) receive an additional 5¢ or 10¢ on their Fuel Saver card.

Items in the food bags consisted of food essentials, ranging from potatoes, canned fruit, noodles, and more. Overall, 141 cases of food were purchased/donated at a total of over $2,800 during the course of the food drive.

The Salvation Army wishes to thank both HyVee locations in Quincy, as well as KHQA for their support in this year’s Vacation From Starvation Food Drive.

Hannibal Regional Hospital Makes Donation To Salvation Army

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The Hannibal Salvation Army food pantry received a generous donation from the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

During a Pack The Pantry drive, the group collected hundreds of items, including food, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and diapers.

Thank you, Hannibal Regional, and the women’s auxiliary for your support!

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.”