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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.

A place to rest

By: Danni Eickenhorst, MidlandDivision, Content Specialist

Carolyn West never imagined at age 55 she would be living in a transient state with three teenagers to care for, but shortly after suffering a serious injury at work that is what happened. Her injury has prevented her from working now for 24 months. Then when her landlord lost his rental property in a contentious divorce, Carolyn found it nearly impossible to find a rental property within her budget that would accommodate her family. As the deadline for moving came and passed, she found temporary quarters for herself and her granddaughters, and lived separate from them for the summer.

“You do the best you can,” she says, “You don’t want them to realize how serious the situation is, so you say it’s just for the summer,” but when summer came to an end, West was still unable to find housing that could accommodate her family.

As a last ditch effort to keep her family together and to maintain some sense of continuity in the girls’ lives, Carolyn reached out to the O’Fallon shelter. Staying at the shelter has allowed the girls to continue attending school in their home district while buying Carolyn some time to reach out and take advantage of programs that could help them find affordable housing.

“When you think of shelters, you think of the shelters that you see on television – barrack-style, but The Salvation Army’s shelter is cozy and comfortable. Captain Paul Ferguson said to think of this as a resting place, a truck stop on my path, and that’s what I have done. I have gotten the rest I needed and feel ready to move on,” says Carolyn.

This month, Carolyn and her granddaughters will move into a new rental home in Wentzville, that is able to fit all of them and their tight budget. She has healed from her injury and is now ready to begin looking for work as a Patient Technician once more.

“I would recommend The Salvation Army to anyone in need. Captain Paul and Captain Amy Jo have such a spirit that comes through them that they can inspire you as you struggle through these times. They remind you that you’re not some low creature, but a child of God, and that helps tremendously as you try to begin again.”

To support programs that allow people like Carolyn the opportunity to find relief in times of extraordinary difficulty, please click here. To learn more about how The Salvation Army can help you, or your family, call 314-646-3000.

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!

Feeling the Pain: One addict learns to experience life, good and bad

By: Danni Eickenhorst, MidlandDivision, Content Specialist

Phil George turned 18 in the Illinois Juvenile Correction System. He entered adulthood battling mental illness, addiction and ghosts from his early days. At 16, he was kicked out of his childhood home. Suffering from parental rejection and abuse, he turned to borderline behaviors and had been jailed for burning down a house in an insurance scheme.

Phil works to fill food orders at the Alton Salvation Army food pantry.

Upon exiting the system, George found himself homeless and turned to using drugs. He entered into The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light facility in downtown St. Louis, where he stayed nearly four months. “I wasn’t ready to get help yet, but they showed me a lot of love,” he recalls.

Each time he would get sober, tragedy would strike, sending him into a tailspin that would jeopardize his sobriety. He suffered the loss of a best friend, and two girlfriends, and became haunted by the losses.  “Old Phil would show up. I would relapse, try to commit suicide, stop going to meetings and volunteering,” he said.

Today, Phil is sober and has been for almost five years. “I stay clean for my grandmother,” he says, choking up, “I stole from her when I was in my addiction, and I feel that staying clean is the only way I can make it up to her, now that she has passed away.” Phil attends 12-step meetings several times weekly and finds comfort in daily routines, such as volunteering three to four days each week at The Salvation Army’s food pantry inAlton. “Here I am surrounded by positive people. It’s been good for me. I have a support system,” says George, “I have learned to feel the pain, both good and bad, and to get through it, and having that support has made all the difference.”

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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