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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. 

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12 Months of Giving

We were inspired by a great idea from Jenni Ragland, Associate Director of the Community Relations Department at The Salvation Army Alaska Divisional Headquarters. She created a 12 Months of Giving calendar which listed a new way to give back to Alaska communities each month of the year.

“It’s received a very positive response here! A local TV station prompted the idea by asking about how people could keep the spirit of giving alive through the year”, she said. “One of our Board members that owns a print shop is printing buck slips for each month that we can have to mail or hand out.”

Want to check it out? Click Here for Jenni’s Calendar!

We liked her idea so much, we decided to create a 12 Months of Giving calendar that can be used by anyone. Keep the Christmas spirit alive all year long and check it out (thanks again, Jenni!):

January: The Salvation Army loves re-gifting! As you clean out to make room for gifts received at Christmas, remember The Salvation Army Family Stores need your gently used clothing, household goods or cars to support the Adult Rehabilitation Program, as well as other Salvation Army services.

February: The coldest month of the year means those without coats are those with the most need. Consider sorting through your coat closet and parting with the unworn – somebody will be very thankful for your donation! With more than 12 sites in metro St. Louis, The Salvation Army can certainly find someone in need. Call us to see where you can deliver your donation at (314) 646-3018 or visit http://www.stlsalvationarmy.org to find your nearest location.

March: Adult residents in Salvation Army Transitional Housing have a variety of needs based on their circumstances. Your in-kind donations certainly help them through this tough time. Common donations include: toiletries, bedding, pillows, gift certificates for food, plates, silverware, clothing and toys.

April: April showers bring…well, flooding! We pray that natural disasters don’t happen, but if they do, The Salvation Army is almost always among the first to respond. By visiting our “Ways to Give” section on our website, you can designate your donation to a specific disaster campaign, helping those who are struggling in the aftermath of natural disasters.

May: Give back in small ways during National Salvation Army week, May 7-13! Click here for a number of ideas as to how you can “Do the Most Good” for everyone in your life during this week and beyond.

June: Send a kid to camp! Salvation Army summer camps offer fresh air, exercise and new friendships to children from low-income families. By donating $175, you can ensure a fun-filled week of sports, camping, arts & crafts, music development and many more adventures, for someone who would otherwise miss out.

July: Donate food! With school out for the summer, we see an increased number of families that need food assistance at Salvation Army food pantries. Help stock our shelves by organizing a canned food drive.

August: It’s back-to-school time! Help disadvantaged children in your community return to school with the right tools for success and confidence in the classroom. Donations include school supplies, backpacks and clothes. Find out what your local Salvation Army needs and then hit up the store to help out a local family in need!

September: School has officially started and Salvation Army afterschool programs will be looking for tutors and volunteers! Lend a couple hours after school, an ear and a helping hand to a child in need.

October: There are many homeless families enrolled in Salvation Army Family Service programs and who reside in temporary or long-term housing because of financial struggles. Consider lifting their spirits through gifts or basic necessities.

November: Ensure a disadvantaged child or senior experiences Christmas joy by adopting an angel through The Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree program.

December: Donate your spare change and say Merry Christmas to your local Red Kettle bell ringer! Interested in volunteering your time? Sign up as a volunteer bell ringer through your local Salvation Army unit.

Happy Giving, Everyone!

Reposted from Salvation Army USA blog.

A cup of cold water in Jesus’ name

NEW YEAR, NEW HOPE, NEW CHALLENGES: A Blog Series

By: Tom Kovach, Major Gifts Director

And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.  Matthew 10:42

Energizer employees help build a playground at The Salvation Army's Temple Community Center.

The sounds of laughter and the look of raw emotions on faces is filling the rooms inside a Salvation Army Education and Community Center as children and adults rejoice in the Lord’s blessing and the fellowship of each other. Smiles abound for some, tears of sadness or even joy for others or the journey to a new beginning starts today.   Stories are shared.  Prayers are abundant and many turn to The Salvation Army for hope.  These God-filled activities are repeated daily at our centers from South County to North City, Midtown to Overland and Maplewood to South City.

The Salvation Army takes tremendous pride in serving clients because we stress the importance of our fiduciary role.  Eighty two cents of each dollar contributed is spent for programs and services. The cornerstone of The Salvation Army includes a quality staff ready to serve the needs of these clients yet our demands our growing.  Much like a play or a movie, there are numerous, important supporting roles that play a vital role to helping change lives.

And that’s why you and your colleagues inside your company can help.  Our promise to you is simple: you will make a difference. 

No matter where you work or live, between your commutes from one destination to another, we are looking for volunteers from companies in St. Louis at any of our Salvation Army Community Centers.  I encourage you to get involved as an individual, your family or gather up a group of volunteers from your company.   Donating your time can be range from serving Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to the following:

  • Have numerous office supplies like pens, pencils, notepads, markers etc?  Donate them to The Salvation Army.  Our Temple and Euclid Corps have existing partnerships with the St. Louis Public Schools for instance.
  • At our Family Haven shelter, there are 20 rooms where women and children rest comfortably as they seek permanent housing. These clients stay in a room for several months. We are consistently looking for laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.
  • Clients come to us when they are seeking some form of counseling.  At times, these counseling sessions are designated for a parent(s) and because they can’t afford childcare, we are looking for volunteers to watch their children for an hour or so.  (All mandatory background checks are required for childcare). 
  • Instead of receiving gifts for a birthday or a special occasion, request monetary contributions be directed to The Salvation Army or ask friends/family to buy certain items. Each of our centers has a “Wish List” that we can provide for you.

    Ameren employees donated more than 400 hours in 2011 to bellring for The Salvation Army.

Help us help others!  Consider “Doing The Most Good” in 2012 and start the New Year off right with a thoughtful donation and volunteer.

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