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Community Shows Huge Support of WBBM “Good Neighbor” Radiothon

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The WBBM “Good Neighbor” Radiothon benefiting The Salvation Army was held Friday, December 12 at Navy Pier. The 19-hour event moving personal stories from clients served through the Army’s many programs including music education, after-school activities, Head Start, hunger prevention and more. Salvation Army officers and staff members also spoke on the importance of community support. Read More

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Seniors Celebrate the Season with The Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army hosted its annual Christmas party for more than 400 Chicagoland seniors. The event, held at The Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn, featured lunch, entertainment and gifts.

The banquet room was festive with Christmas trees, twinkling lights and the joyful sounds of The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble. Major Debra Dalberg, Director of Older Adult Ministries, welcomed the guests to the holiday extravaganza.

“It’s not Christmas until we have this party,” she said. “As I look out across this room I can feel your happiness and the joy of the season.”

After a gourmet lunch, the seniors joined in on Christmas carols, filling the room with a joyful noise. Jodi Beach Ministries soon took the stage to delight the guests with songs and humor.

View photos of the annual event or watch the slideshow below.

Dec
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First Gold Coins of the Season in the Chicagoland Area

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December 3, 2014 (Chicago) – A one-ounce fine gold coin, valued at approximately $1,200 was dropped into a Salvation Army Red Kettle over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, at a Walmart store in Round Lake (2680 N Illinois 83). Gold coins found in Salvation Army Red Kettles have become a much-anticipated holiday tradition of giving in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

webIn the continuing economic downturn, more and more people are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance.  The Salvation Army Waukegan Corps, has seen a marked increase in the number of families, individuals and seniors requesting emergency help with rent and utilities this year, which is one of the primary uses for Red Kettle donations, along with food assistance, after-school programs for youth and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

Last year during the holiday season, The Salvation Army served more than 102,000 people, distributing more than 18,000 food baskets, 38,000 articles of clothing and more than 125,000 toys.

webBackWaukeganCoin“This time of year, we are reminded of the generosity of our donors, and the needs of our clients,” said Major William Holman of The Salvation Army Waukegan Corps. “Gold coins are important, not only because of the direct benefit that the additional funds provide to the people that we serve, but also because it provides both our bell ringers and our community with more optimism for the year to come. Even though these gold coins were placed in one particular kettle, all of our bell ringers celebrate together and it really inspires everyone in the community to help their neighbors in need.”

The philanthropic tradition of dropping gold coins into Salvation Army kettles actually began right here and dates back  more than 25 years, when the first gold coin was deposited in Lake County.  Since then, The Salvation Army has received more than 400 gold coins of every type and description from anonymous donors.

The familiar Red Kettles will disappear from the streets on December 24. However, the Red Kettle campaign will continue through January 31, 2015.

For those wishing to donate at their computers, virtual Red Kettles are available on-line. Donors can host a virtual Red Kettle, or sponsor a Red Kettle team, by going to The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division web site at www.salarmychicago.org/redkettle. Visitors to the site can register individually, as a group, or a business by completing a simple registration form.

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19th Annual WBBM Good Neighbor Radiothon Benefitting The Salvation Army

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WBBM Newsradio Radio 780AM and 105.9FM will once again bring you the 19th Annual WBBM Good Neighbor Radiothon benefitting The Salvation Army’s programs for children and families.

WBBM personalities will broadcast lives from Navy Pier on Friday, December 12, from 5 a.m. to midnight.

A monthly gift of $22 will show Chicago’s children you care and help The Salvation Army deliver critical services for children in need throughout Chicagoland. It will help provide food for children who are hungry and provide shelter for children who have no place to call home. It will help provide children with a safe haven from gang violence through the Army’s after-school programs. All donations stay right here in Chicagoland.

But you don’t have to wait until the Radiothon to help. Bank of America is matching all gifts made to the Radiothon before December 12, up to $50,000. So your gift will go twice as far! Help us share the joy of Christmas with those in need. Click here now to make a donation or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Be sure to tune in to WBBM Newsradio 780AM or 105.9 FM on Friday, December 12th and learn more about how your support helps The Salvation Army transform lives throughout Chicagland, Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

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Nov
17

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High School Red Kettle Challenge

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Attention High School Students (and parents): This holiday season, donate your time to ring bells at The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle locations. It’s fun and easy to do!

Compete with other Chicagoland schools to collect the most money to help those in need in your community. The high school with the most donations wins prizes, bragging rights, and the traveling trophy!

Get more details at: http://www.salarmychicago.org/kettlechallenge/