Fall Harvest Program Returns To Benefit Salvation Army Food Pantry


WGEM and County Market are joining forces once again to aid The Salvation Army Food pantry with its annual Fall Harvest food drive.

This year’s Fall Harvest food drive begins on Monday, October 24th. The drive will continue for nearly a month before its conclusion on November 21st.

The public is encouraged to donate non-perishable food items at either County Market location in Quincy, the WGEM studios, or at the Kroc Center, where donation barrels will be placed beginning on October 24th.

A Fall Harvest “Blitz” will also be held outside of the WGEM studios on October 26th and 27th, with donations being accepted throughout the day by WGEM news anchors as well as Salvation Army staff.

The 2015 Fall Harvest saw Keokuk Christian Academy as the year’s WGEM Fall Harvest School Challenge winners, with 83 students from Keokuk Christian Academy collected the most canned goods per student (about 8 items per student on average) for the Salvation Army.  For their efforts, the students got to spend a day at the Kroc Center. They enjoyed playing sports, playing in the game room, pool activities, and a celebratory lunch.

Help us help those in need by participating in this year’s Fall Harvest as we work together to stock the Salvation Army Food Pantry!


Salvation Army of Hannibal Teams with Toys For Tots of Northeast Missouri

The Salvation Army of Hannibal and Toys for Tots in Northeast Missouri kicked off their joint campaign on October 11th to collect 8,000 toys to distribute to children in need this Christmas.
Projections are that up to 1,200 children will receive toys this year.
The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots in Northeast Missouri serve love-income children in Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Shelby, and Monroe Counties.
Toys donated either to Toys for Tots in Northeast Missouri or The Salvation Army Toy Town in Hannibal will be jointly distributed beginning December 14th to families who apply for assistance through DCS or The Salvation Army. Applications are now available.
The community is encouraged to donate toys at stores that host a toy barrel or a coin collection can. Schools, businesses, or clubs that would like to host a toy drive can contact either Douglass Community Services or The Salvation Army in Hannibal.

Women’s Auxiliary To Host Tres Chic Fall Style and Fashion Auction

The Quincy Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary invites the public to the Tres Chic Fall Style and Fashion Auction on Thursday, October 20th.

Join us for great finds and deals on jewelry, scarves, purses, and other chic accessories! Select items are priced for purchase.

The event begins at 1pm. The silent auction will be held from 1-8pm, with the live auction portion of the event beginning at 6pm.

Celebrity auctioneers include WGEM news anchor Natalie Will, and WTAD host Mary Griffith.

All proceeds benefit the Salvation Army Dress-An-Angel program, which provides new clothes to children at Easter.

Located in The Meadows at Kroc Center, 405 Vermont Street.


Annual Vacation From Starvation Food Drive Concludes

Vacation From Starvation Finals

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

Hannibal Regional Donation

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.”