It’s so much more…

We have posted about the benefits and the triumphs that we have seen at our summer camp in Bourbon, MO, but nothing captures that spirit quite like this.

And in honor of the last day of summer, we hope you enjoy this.

And tell us… did you have opportunities like this as a kid? What impact did it have on your life?

Kujufu book discussion

Intersections

The Salvation Army Urban Mission Center would like to invite you to join with us for a discussion on the book:

Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys
by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
Each Sunday night –Sept. 22 – Oct. 27, 2013
4:00 PM

At The Salvation Army Temple Corps
2740 Arsenal St.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Dr. Kunjufu asserts that
“There is a relationship between the excessive number of Black boys in special education and the 1.5 million African American males that are involved in the penal system. Our concern is that we can intervene as early as infancy if parents and teachers heed the suggestions offered…” and he goes on to relate seven barometers for parents, teachers and community people to use in monitoring development… “We don’t have to wait until boys are 18 years old to find out if they’re in trouble…”

Come Sunday night, September 22 to…

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Sharing Your Food Makes Good *Sense

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Major Kris Wood of Maplewood Corps Worship and Community Center with two Sense Corp employees delivering food

When Maplewood based Sense Corp had an employee picnic, they had a lot of leftovers. And those leftovers turned into smiles and full bellies when they delivered eggs, bacon, bread, pork and salad to The Salvation Army’s Maplewood Corps Worship and Community Center.

“We’re so grateful for the generosity of Sense Corp,” said Tom Kovach, Director of Corporate Relations at The Salvation Army. “There is a constant need for food and other resources, and this is a perfect example of how businesses can instantly help take care of their communities.”

For more information on how companies can give back, check out opportunities here. 

Thank you, #STL

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To all of the people that took our need this past Labor Day weekend and shared it, told their friends, and took action….

Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts.

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” -Matthew 14:16 NIV

Where and how you can drop off food donations

A food barrel all filled up at the Compton & Olive BP

A food barrel all filled up at the Compton & Olive BP

We are thrilled with the response we have received from our friends in this community! I had an opportunity to be at our O’Fallon food pantry this morning and the number of grateful people I saw at the pantry for assistance alongside the donors stopping by with this priceless food was extremely moving.

But we have a great distance to go before we can ensure that all those who need food can get it. Here’s where you can go to drop off dry goods and canned items for O’Fallon and our other pantries in need:

  • The O’Fallon Corps Community Center: Accepting donations 8 a.m. -7 p.m. every day. If there are donations you would like to deliver after-hours, please contact the corps directly at 636-240-4969 and the staff will do their best to accommodate.
  • Any of our other food pantries in the region.  Call ahead to ensure that they will be open to accept your donation.
  • Mobil Gas Station 1051 Hampton Ave: This is located just south of I-64/40 on Hampton Avenue on the west side of the street. Collections at all gas stations listed will continue through Labor Day weekend.
  • BP Amoco Gas Station 1104 Hampton Ave: This is located just south of 1-64/40 on Hampton Avenue on the east side of the street.
  • BPAmoco Gas Station 3140 Olive Street: Located on the corner of Compton Avenue and Olive Street in Midtown.
  • Museum of Transportation: TODAY AND FRIDAY ONLY–bring in non-perishable food items, and receive one free admission per group/family to the museum. They are located at 3015 Barrett Station Rd. Hours are 9 a.m.  – 4 p.m.

 

Can’t drop off food but still want to help? Make a monetary donation to support our pantries.

We are hearing of more places and companies that are accepting food on our behalf, so if you or your business would like to be added to this list, please email me at dana_biermann@usc.salvationarmy.org and we would be delighted to add you here.

Acts 24:3 “In every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude.” Thank you, friends.

This is what going hungry looks like–and we need your help

This is big, and this is serious.

What if your home pantry looked like this... and there was nowhere else to go?

What if your home pantry looked like this… and there was nowhere else to go?

Our O’Fallon Corps Community Center in Missouri sent us this picture. They feed 935 families per month–that’s over 400% increase over the last two years. But in June, all was well: they got 20,000 Ibs of food donated. And for those families who had nowhere else to turn, that was a good thing.

This month, they got 3,900 Ibs of food and that’s it. Now O’Fallon, and many other Salvation Army corps community centers in the St. Louis region, are at risk of turning those families away.

Whether it is a donation of food or of dollars, this is a critical need that we need your help to fill. We need your help right now to feed your neighbors throughout the region. We’re sending out an SOS: please Stock Our Shelves!

MOST NEEDED ITEMS: dry goods (pasta, rice, cereal, etc), canned meat and protein items.

If you would like to help or have questions, please email dana_biermann@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Come intern with us!

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A little bit of everything awesome.

We are now accepting applications for Fall interns. If you just can’t get enough of writing and doing creative stuff and know that you’re helping people in need all the while, then this is DEFINITELY the internship for you.

And we’re f l e x i b l e! We can work around your college classes, so what have you got to lose?

To apply, send your resume and writing samples to dana_biermann@usc.salvationarmy.org, or fill out the application instead.

Granite City Vacation Bible School

During the week of August 5, children learned as a group about heaven. The theme for Vacation Bible School was Heaven and How to Get There.

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Smallest of the bunch

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Playing together

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Wordless book crafting

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Having a great time

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Getting ready for rehearsal

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Snack time

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“I Can Only Imagine” Musical

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Reception cake

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Enjoying cake

 

Light the fire!

Light the fire!

Responding to Flooding

A Salvationist surveys the scene from a Salvation Army Canteen

A Salvationist surveys the scene from a Salvation Army Canteen

Today, local Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers will continue to assist residents, first-responders and clean-up crews in Hollister’s hard-hit Turkey Creek area.

“We arrived on the scene within the hour with water, a few clean-up kits, personnel and snacks, Lt. Shawn DeBaar, Branson Corps Officer and Incident Commander, said.

The Salvation Army will provide immediate assistance to those in need from its Emergency Disaster Services mobile canteen. The EDS canteen will provide meals, snacks, drinks, and disaster clean-up supplies.

“It has been estimated that the number of people being served through this mobile canteen site will be around seventy,” DeBaar said.

The Salvation Army is also the lead agency in charge of serving daily meals at Hollister’s Red Cross shelter. The shelter is located at the New Beginning’s Fellowship Church – 151 Elm St. On Monday, The Salvation Army served seventy-five meals from the shelter.

“We have committed to feed those in the Red Cross shelter as long as the shelter is operating,” DeBaar said.

Currently needed in-kind donations include bottled water, sports drinks (e.g Powerade, Gatorade, etc.), clean-up supplies and first aid kits. All donations may be delivered to The Salvation Army’s Branson Corps – 114 Stanley Blvd.

For more information please contact The Salvation Army’s Branson Corps at (417) 339-4434.
How to Help:
Help provide immediate assistance by donating here, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by mailing checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1715 Branson MO 65615-1715.

A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day

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