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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.

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Advocate for the Hungry in Tomorrow’s Online Tweet Up – #CEREALDRIVE!

Join us on Friday March 23 from 7 to 8 am for an online-only Tweet Up and advocate for the hungry. This tweet up will be a great opportunity to network with others over your cheerios and in your pajamas, while raising awareness for food insecurity in the St. Louis region.

This tweet-up is being held in support of The Salvation Army’s O’Fallon food pantry, which has seen more than a tenfold increase in need this year, and which is in critical need of nutritious breakfast cereals.

Follow us on Twitter @SalArmySTL and join in the conversation using #CEREALDRIVE!

For more information on the need, click here.

Tackling Hunger in our Hometown – #CerealDrive

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

In an area that many think of as stable and event somewhat affluent, families are living in houses valued at 6 and 7 figures, with empty plates and barren cupboards. In a trend we hoped had been a fluke, the need we saw last summer at our O’Fallon, MO food pantry continues to grow. On distribution days at the food pantry, luxury cars and unlikely clients fill the parking lot and chairs waiting for their allotments of food.

“These people were once living on the edge and the economy has in fact pushed them over that edge,” says Captain Ferguson, “People who were once dedicated donors are now having to swallow their pride and ask for assistance.”

Once serving only 50 families per month from the O’Fallon Salvation Army, Captain Paul Ferguson and his team now serve nearly 600 families per month, working to help those families gain self-sufficiency so that they might be able to get on their feet once more.

“The greatest need we are seeing now is nutritious breakfast cereals. They can be costly to purchase for a pantry and for a family, but they pack a lot of nutrition into one meal. So many of these children are wholly dependent on the foods they receive in school for adequate nutrition, and on the weekends, summer and spring break they need something that will hold them over. We just can’t keep in on the shelves. It’s a real commodity, and one that we are lacking right now.”

Breakfast cereal donations are needed at the O’Fallon Salvation Army. Donations can be delivered to the community center located at 1William Booth Drive in O’Fallon.

Please help us in raising awareness of this need, and for the work of the O’Fallon community center by participating in #CerealDrive on Twitter.

New Year, New Hope, New Challenges

NEW YEAR, NEW HOPE, NEW CHALLENGES: A BLOG SERIES

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

The bellringers who usher in the Christmas season so brightly with the jingle of their bell have put away their kettles for another year, but the Tree of Lights campaign continues through the end of January, and the work we do will continue for as long as there is support.

365 days a year, The Salvation Army provides homeless services, food pantry assistance, rent and utility supplements, youth programming, senior services, emergency disaster response, ministry and more. 82 cents of every dollar we receive from our donors goes directly into programming that changes lives in the St. Louis area.

Because the facts and figures for 2011 aren’t quite in yet, let’s take a look at the work of The Salvation Army in 2010.

In 2010, The Salvation Army’s Midland Division (Missouri and Southern Illinois):

  • Provided recreation opportunities at local community centers for 115,000 individuals, primarily low-income youth.
  • Assisted 170 individuals with more than 5,000 nights of transitional housing.
  • Distributed more than 39,000 toys at Christmas to children and families in need.
  • Served more than 50,000 people through feeding programs such as our community center soup kitchens located throughout the division.
  • Provided more than 170 individuals with access to affordable workforce housing in the Downtown St. Louis area through our Railton apartments.
  • Served 4,503 individuals at our Harbor Light facility which provides housing and rehabilitation services to veterans and homeless men.
  • Visited with and ministered to shut-ins, patients in hospitals, nursing homes and infirmaries. Distributed more than 27,000 gifts and publications to these individuals.
  • Gave more than 1,200 backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children who would otherwise have had to go to school without supplies.

In 2011, The Salvation Army Midland Division continued to provide service daily in all of these areas and more, as needed, while facing significant shortages and reductions in government support through tax credits and other programs. Individuals who once supported The Salvation Army financially began coming to seek out their own assistance and donations began to diminish. Natural disasters came in large numbers and epic proportions, and we answered the call to serve every time.

In order to continue being good stewards of the gifts God and donors provide, The Salvation Army cannot spend money than it receives in donations. Because of the reduction in support and the increase in need, we have had to turn away more and more requests for assistance, and it breaks the hearts of our staff and officers to have to do so.

We are hopeful that in 2012 we will begin to see a groundswell of support, that as we share the stories of the work we do, hearts will be touched and support will be given so that we can continue to change lives throughout the New Year.

Exciting work is being done in the St. Louis area and we are proud to be doing it. Thank you for your support, whether it be in spirit, in time or in dollars given. We simply couldn’t do it without you.

To find out more about how you can get involved in helping us in 2012, please click here.

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s programs, click here.

Health & Humanity: One volunteer client finds volunteerism to be the therapy she needs

By: Danni R. Eickenhorst, Midland Division

Carol Lee Carter, 55, was diagnosed with COPD in 2002. As a career CNA for more than 15 years, the diagnosis was devastating. “I’d worked in hospitals and nursing homes all my career, and now I couldn’t lift people. I was out of work, and I wasn’t sure what to do.”

Carol found herself struggling to make ends meet once she lost her job, and she reached out to The Salvation Army in Granite City for food pantry aid. “I came in 2002 to get help,” she says, her hands smoothing out her scrubs as she speaks, “and I ended up volunteering. I’ve been here two to three days a week ever since.”

Carol’s illness requires her to keep active to keep her lungs from deteriorating, but to limit her activity. The volunteer work gives her the activity she needs, while allowing her to help others.

“I greet people at the door who come in for help, I work in the food pantry filling orders. Wherever I’m needed, that’s where I go.”

Carol notes that her favorite time to give back is Christmas, The Salvation Army’s busiest time of year. She enjoys taking part in The Salvation Army Christmas basket program and giving a hand up to those who need it most during the holidays.

“The Salvation Army will help anyone that comes through the door. It doesn’t matter who you are. They are willing to help. You don’t find that everywhere.”

When it’s time to ask for help…

A message from Divisional Commander Lonneal Richardson

This year, nearly every location of The Salvation Army is reporting former donors who are now coming to The Salvation Army for aid. Young professionals and those who were nearing retirement who gave faithfully for years are finding themselves without a job, or with a depleted retirement fund and are having to come back to the organization they’ve long supported, this time seeking aid.

Over and over this year, our case workers have shared with us that clients who may be seeking food pantry assistance are reluctant to accept Christmas help, because they are holding out hope that things will get better for their families prior to the holiday.

We pray for each of our clients and their families that the economy will return once again strong and that there will be jobs enough for all who want them, but we want to encourage all clients and prospective clients who are presently in a tough spot to reach out and get the aid they need for the holidays. We are offering just three more days to apply for holiday assistance – whether it be toys for your children or a holiday meal, we have programs that can help.

Please take the aid we have to offer and give back one day when you’re in a better place. It is an honor for us to give a hand up to individuals this holiday season, and to ensure that no child goes without on Christmas morning.

On November 28 to 30, we will accept our final applications for holiday aid. If you or someone you know is in need this holiday season, we ask you to come out and let us share our gifts and prayers with you this season. Call 314-646-3000 for more information, or reach out to your nearest community center to schedule your appointment.

May God bless and keep you and yours this holiday season.

Major Lonneal Richardson
Divisional Commander, Midland Division

Little Caesars Love Kitchen

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen pulled up to our Granite City community center on November 10 carrying fresh dough and a crew ready to cook for those in need. The project born out of love, started more than 20 years ago. David Fox the Love Kitchen Driver says, “We drive all over the country, feeding those in need. We primarily cook for homeless shelters and soup kitchens – about 70% of which are Salvation Army kitchens.”

The Love Kitchen arrives at the Granite City community center.

Bab Njai owns seven Little Caesar's locations, which donate a total of 600 to 700 pizzas weekly to Salvation Army food pantries in Southern Illinois.

The Love Kitchen reached out to local franchise owner Bab Njai and asked if he would be willing to donate ingredients and staff so that they might feed the needy in Granite City and he didn’t hesitate to say yes. “We already donate 600 to 700 pizzas per week to local Salvation Army food pantries throughout southern Illinois,” says Njai, “I came from Africa with nothing and I know what it is to have very little. We just want to help those who need help.”

The Love Kitchen provided hot food for more than 220 individuals in the day’s event. Our continued gratitude goes out to Little Caesars and Njai for their support!

First Annual Turkey Tweet Up!

Take a break from the pre-Thanksgiving rush and join us for the First Annual Turkey Tweetup on Tuesday, November 22 at the Moonrise Hotel, on November 22nd from 11:30 to 1:00 in support of The Salvation Army.

St. Louis professionals and Twitterfiles will gather together to network, eat and tweet about all things Thanksgiving -favorite foods, what they’re thankful for and more!

Attendees are encourage to bring three boxes or cans of food for entrance to the event. Lunch is included with the price of admission.

Guests will be entered to win a night stay at the Moonrise, dinner at the Eclipse restaurant or a Thanksgiving turkey and we will be on hand to draw the prize.

All food donated will go to our O’Fallon food pantry!

We hope to see you there!

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RSVP AT:

http://twtup.com/TurkeyTweetupSTL

The hashtag is #TurkeyTweetupSTL.

Thanks for your support! We look forward to seeing you there!

Support BSA Food Drives in November

The Salvation Army has addressed unprecedented need in Missouri and Southern Illinois, both in response to natural disasters and the general economy.

The Greater St. Louis Boy Scouts of America will host their annual “Scouting for Food” event this month. On Saturday November 12, 1.4 million bags will be distributed to as to homes throughout the St. Louis area. On November 19, Scouts will pick up non-perishable donations and deliver them to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

The Salvation Army and many other local food pantries will benefit from the bounty that you give to this very worthy youth organization. The initiative has the very lofty goal of collecting more than 2 million cans for 500 pantries, and it cannot achieve that goal without your support.

Please visit http://www.stlbsa.org/programs/sff/Pages/Scouting-for-Food.aspx for additional information on this event and how you can help.

MasterCard employees donate their time to make over The Salvation Army’s O’Fallon Shelter

St. LouisMore than 75 MasterCard Worldwide employees converged upon The Salvation Army’s O’Fallon homeless shelter to work on a large-scale improvement project, a part of a United Way “Days of Caring” initiative.  

Team MasterCard employees add a basketball hoop to the shelter playground.

The O’Fallon location has realized and serviced an unprecedented level of need in the community throughout 2011 and was chosen to be the beneficiary of MasterCard’s volunteer service project to aid The Salvation Army, which now serves up to 500 area families on a monthly basis through its food pantry.  

“We’re pleased to have MasterCard volunteers supporting such an important project for The Salvation Army, an organization that does so much for our community to support our friends and neighbors in times of need,” said Amanda Gioia, Senior Business Leader of Worldwide Communications at MasterCard. 

In an effort to give back to the St. Louis community, MasterCard mobilizes employees to do good throughout the St. Louis area. In the past year, more than 1,300 volunteers have joined Team MasterCard in community service projects aimed at bettering the community in which they live and work. 

Volunteers performed deep cleaning, painting, landscaping and other projects throughout the O’Fallon campus that houses a community center, social services office, homeless shelter and church. Volunteer employees also constructed a basketball court near the shelter playground. 

“We are helping individuals and families at such a rapid pace that these projects are often placed on the back burner. The work that MasterCard employees are doing today is so important. A shelter in good repair gives residents a sense of pride in their surroundings, and a sense of stability. We are so thankful that they reached out to lend a hand,” says Salvation Army Captain Amy Jo Ferguson.

 The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been doing the most good in the St. Louis region for 129 years. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency.

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