Area Residents Invited to Trade-In Their Artificial Christmas Trees to Benefit Families in Need

AREA RESIDENTS INVITED TO TRADE-IN THEIR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES TO BENEFIT FAMILIES IN NEED   

Donated Trees to be Accepted October 1-31

LAKE BARRINGTON, IL     (September, 2012)   Ninety two percent of Americans who celebrate Christmas do so with a Christmas tree,* yet, for many families, it’s difficult to afford toys and gifts for children to put under the tree, let alone the tree itself.  Requests to The Salvation Army for food, clothing and toys were up last Christmas, and 2012 promises to be another difficult year for many families, with the Illinois unemployment rate at 9.3 percent.

Treetime Christmas Creations, a national premium artificial tree and decor company, is teaming up with The Salvation Army again this year to help Chicago and suburban area families  in need with its 2nd Annual Tree Trade-In program beginning October 1 and continuing through October 31, 2012. Continue reading “Area Residents Invited to Trade-In Their Artificial Christmas Trees to Benefit Families in Need”

Area Residents Invited to Trade-In Their Artificial Christmas Trees to Benefit Families In Need

AREA RESIDENTS INVITED TO TRADE-IN THEIR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES TO BENEFIT FAMILIES IN NEED

Donated Trees to be Accepted October 1-31

LAKE BARRINGTON, IL (September, 2012) Ninety two percent of Americans who celebrate Christmas do so with a Christmas tree,* yet, for many families, it’s difficult to afford toys and gifts for children to put under the tree, let alone the tree itself. Requests to The Salvation Army for food, clothing and toys were up last Christmas, and 2012 promises to be another difficult year for many families, with the Illinois unemployment rate at 9.3 percent.

Treetime Christmas Creations, a national premium artificial tree and decor company, is teaming up with The Salvation Army again this year to help Chicago and suburban area
families in need with its 2nd Annual Tree Trade-In program beginning October 1 and continuing through October 31, 2012.

Area families are invited to donate their gently used artificial Christmas tree (3-feet and larger) to families in need by bringing them to the Treetime Christmas Creations showroom, 22N102 Pepper Road, Lake Barrington (northwest suburban Chicago), or scheduling a pick-up by calling 1800-SA-TRUCK or visiting www.satruck.org. Chicago area residents who donate a tree will receive 15 percent off any new Treetime artificial Christmas tree purchase, to be redeemed by October 31. For more information, visit www.treetime.com.

The collected trees will be donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to area families in need, and in time for Christmas this year. The first annual Tree Trade-In program in 2011 benefited nearly 200 families in the Chicagoland area. Last year, The Salvation Army distributed more than 24,000 food baskets, 54,000 items of clothing and nearly 150,000 toys to needy children throughout the area.

“With so many people wanting to celebrate the holiday season, it’s hard to imagine Christmas time without a decorated tree,” says Laurie Kane, Owner, Treetime Christmas Creations. “We are thrilled to partner with The Salvation Army for a second year to help bring joy to families this holiday, while providing a ‘greener’ way for residents to pass on their Christmas trees for more years of enjoyment, rather than adding the trees to landfills.”

“Many families simply can’t afford a Christmas tree, or could better spend the money on food, clothing or toys for their children,” said Envoy Dennis Earnhart of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “Plus, they can continue to use an artificial Christmas tree year after year. More than 5,000 families shop in our retail stores in the months leading up to the holiday season, and thousands more request donated toys and clothing through our corps community centers. We are pleased to partner with Treetime Christmas Creations again this year to bring the joy of Christmas into the homes of families in need.”

The Treetime Christmas Creations large winter wonderland showroom is officially open and features more than 200 pre-lit, unlit and LED-lit artificial Christmas trees, along with unique ornaments, lights, trim and outdoor decorations in a family atmosphere. This year’s newly decorated showroom is creatively divided into 15 themed areas, such as Winter Elegance, Holiday Celebrations (featuring gold, silver and glitz), and traditional motifs like Deck the Halls, Ho-Ho Holidays and Toyland.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is the largest social service organization in the world and the single largest direct provider of social services in Chicago and the state of Illinois. The Army operates 200 points of entry in neighborhoods across the greater Chicago area, providing disaster relief, shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, child care and head start, senior services and more. On any given night, more than 1,200 people are sleeping under a Salvation Army roof. In 2010, The Army celebrated 125 years of service in Chicago.

About Treetime Christmas Creations
Treetime Christmas Creations features more than 200 varieties of Christmas trees, as well as wreaths, garland, storage containers, accessories and other holiday décor. Treetime artificial Christmas trees are designed exclusively by seasoned designers that understand the importance of style, beauty, reliability and quality craftsmanship. Owned and operated by Lake Zurich residents Joe and Laurie Kane, Treetime products are available to customers across the country via online or telephone ordering, and its 50,000 square foot showroom in Lake Barrington (suburb of Chicago). Showroom and tree donation hours through October 31 are: Monday through Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, and Saturday/Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm. For more information, please call 847.527.8880 or visit www.treetime.com.

* according to USA Today/Gallup poll, December 2010

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The Salvation Army Supports NATO First Responders

The Salvation Army Supports NATO First Responders

“The Salvation Army provides 372 officers, staff and volunteers to serve hot meals, box lunches and beverages
to law enforcement and first responders in Chicago during NATO”

Chicago, IL –During the NATO Summit in Chicago on Sunday, May 20, and Monday, May 21, The Salvation Army served as the sole agency designated by the City of Chicago to provide hot meals, box lunches, hydration and snacks for nearly 7,500 law enforcement officers and emergency responders. Coordinated by The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division, the mass feeding operation was a combined effort involving Salvation Army officers and volunteers from three USA Salvation Army Territories: Central Territory, Eastern Territory and Southern Territory.
Beginning on Friday, May 18, and continuing through the afternoon of Monday, May 22, 372 Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers served 20,130 bag lunches, 8,560 hot meals, 41,560 snacks, 141,408 bottles of water and Gatorade™ and more than 34,000 pounds of ice. Food and beverage distribution took place at three fixed feeding locations and 18 different hydration stations.
Salvation Army staff and volunteers travelled from Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Volunteers performed a total of 3,962 service hours boxing lunches, preparing meals and serving law enforcement officials and first responders. The Salvation Army coordinated efforts with approximately 30 other city, state and federal agencies.
The Salvation Army Florida Division provided a state-of-the-art mobile field kitchen and experienced personnel capable of preparing more than 25,000 meals per day. The Salvation Army also deployed 10 canteens, four rapid response vehicles, three box trucks and one refrigerated truck.
“The Salvation Army has been a Godsend,” said William Schatz, Deputy Director of Critical Incident Review, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. “Their professional, continual support has been incredible and we appreciate what they brought to the table during a stressful time of long hours over several days. The Salvation Army doesn’t know the word ‘No.’”
“It was an honor for The Salvation Army to have the privilege to serve the dedicated and hard working men and women who were providing for the security and safety of our city during this historic international event,” said Major David Dalberg, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “The months of planning and inter-agency coordination truly paid off. The feeding operation needed to be flexible and responsive at all times. Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers worked diligently around the clock and performed at the highest possible level to provide sustenance and support to law enforcement and first responders who were often called into service at a moment’s notice.”
Leaders from around the world gathered in Chicago for this important diplomatic summit hosted by President Barack Obama. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held meetings in Chicago from May 20-21, allowing the city to highlight its economic vitality, arts and architecture and can-do spirit. This was the first time an American city other than Washington, DC, has hosted a NATO summit. About 2,000 journalists from across the world were in Chicago to chronicle the events.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center to Celebrate Grand Opening on Saturday, June 16

Weekend of Festivities will Include Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Open House,

Community Concert and Worship Dedication Ceremony 

CHICAGO – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on the South Side of Chicago at 1250 W. 119th Street will officially open with a full weekend of public festivities on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17

The weekend will kick-off with a Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Joined by elected officials, hundreds of community residents, celebrity athletes, donors and supporters, The Salvation Army will cut the red ribbon on the state-of-the-art facility, which includes the largest array of sports, arts, educational and supportive programs for the public anywhere in the city in a single community center campus.  The audience will enjoy performances by The Kroc Corps Singing Company children’s choir, as well as the Kroc Corps Praise Dance Team and students from area schools will accompany the Salvation Army Mayfair Corps Brass Band.

An Open House will follow the ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This will be the first opportunity for the public to tour the building.  Demonstrations will be taking place in every area of the Kroc Center, showcasing the sports, aquatics, music education, adult education and other programs that the Kroc Center will offer.

Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Salvation Army will host a free public concert featuring local church choirs and Kroc Center choirs.  On Sunday, June 17, The Salvation Army Kroc Corps will hold a special Worship and Dedication Service from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Chicago Kroc Center has the potential to make a tremendous impact on the far South Side, with a particular focus on stemming violence, creating jobs and providing safe and enriching opportunities for all ages.  More than 250,000 people live within a three-mile radius of the site.  More than a third is under age 18.  About 2,500 people are expected to use the Kroc Center daily

“The Kroc Center promises to dramatically improve the lives of children and teens who need a safe haven,” said Lt. Col. Ralph Bukiewicz, Metropolitan Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army.  “It will provide abundant opportunities to build their skills in a variety of activities previously unavailable to them, like swimming, diving, golf, soccer, dramatic arts and music.  The Kroc Center is within three miles of 20 schools. The entire family will find programs and activities at the Kroc Center to inspire and engage them — mind, body and soul. ”

Kroc Center Will Combat Violence and Create Jobs

“We have developed a terrific partnership with the local Police Department, and The Salvation Army’s increased presence and public events in the parks, like health fairs and flag football have demonstrated that the Kroc Center’s outdoor campus and many outdoor playing fields can be a safe, violence-free zone where children from all of the surrounding neighborhoods can come together in peace, to learn, play and  grow,” said Major David Harvey, Salvation Army Kroc Center Administrator. 

“Because of crime, I can only play in the front of my house and in my backyard,” said Caitlyn Bell, 9, a 4th grader at Jesse Owens Community Academy in Roseland.  “I’ve been singing with The Salvation Army Singing Company for the last three years, and I love singing.  I am excited about the Kroc Center because it will give me a safe place to go and play.  When the Kroc Center opens, I not only want to play in the water park, I want to have leading roles in the musicals and play.” 

The Kroc Center created about 220 construction jobs during its two-year construction phase.  Once open, it will create more than 200 permanent, full- and part-time jobs. The Kroc Center will provide job readiness and training programs.  It is also expected to improve the economic stability of the surrounding neighborhood.  Like Kroc Centers in other cities, the Chicago Kroc Center is expected to attract new business, create hundreds of jobs, increase economic stability and lower crime rates.

A Destination for the Entire Family

The 160,000-square-foot Kroc Center sits on a 33 acre campus and will offer a wide array of activities and services for people of all ages, making it a unique destination for the entire family.  Proposed programs and ministries include opportunities for worship, educational classes, sports, arts, fitness and support programs.  Recreational features include an indoor sports complex, an outdoor stadium, basketball and tennis courts, an aquatic center, a state-of-the art fitness center, basketball courts and more. Outdoor recreational facilities include a sports stadium, a golf training center, baseball diamonds, batting cages, tennis courts and running track.

The Family Life and Education Center will offer an array of classes and educational workshops for people of all ages, including job training, GED preparation, tutoring, computer literacy, financial planning, parenting classes and health screenings. 

The Kroc Center’s Academy of the Arts includes a 600-seat performing arts center;; a media center with recording video production studios; as well as studios for instrument, vocal, dance and art instruction. 

A Wide Variety of Programs Already Underway

The Salvation Army has already made a difference in area schools.  For the past five years, The Salvation Army Kroc Project Team of instructors and program officers has run a wide range of arts, educational, sports, after-school programs and summer camps for students from four schools near the Kroc Center: Higgins Community Academy, Johnnie Coleman Academy, Kipling Elementary School and Songhai Elementary Learning Institute.  

Bulls and White Sox Partner with The Salvation Army

Chicago White Sox Charities – the team’s philanthropic arm – has generously donated $1 million to the Kroc Center.  Kroc Center recreational facilities will include baseball and softball diamonds, where White Sox inner-city youth teams will play and train. The Chicago Bulls Charitabulls also donated $1 million.   The main basketball court features the unmistakable Chicago Bulls logo center-court.

These grants are in addition to two anonymous lead gifts of $10 million and $2 million.  The Bank of America has awarded $500,000 to the Kroc Center.  The Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust also awarded two grants totaling $500,000.  The Kroc Center has received 26 donations at $100,000 or above. 

The Salvation Army announced that commitments of $37 million have been made so far in the ongoing fundraising efforts to build and endow the Kroc Center, with fundraising continuing during the ongoing campaign. This amount is in addition to the $109.8 million from the Joan Kroc estate, awarded to the Chicago project by The Salvation Army Central Territorial Headquarters for the 11 Midwestern States. The Salvation Army capital campaign will establish an endowment large enough to ensure operational start-up costs, funding for programming, program scholarships and materials, such as sports equipment and musical instruments. The Kroc Center will represent a total investment of $159.8 million, the largest single investment by a social service organization in Chicago’s history. 

For more information about The Kroc Center, visit www.kroccenterchicago.org.

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BACKGROUND:  In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. Her goal was to create a center, supported in part by the community, where children and families would be exposed to different people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Completed in 2001, the Kroc Center in San Diegl sits on 12 acres and offers an ice arena, gymnasium, three pools, rock climbing walls, a performing arts theatre, an internet-based library, computer lab, and a school of visual and performing arts. Upon her death in 2003, Joan Kroc passed on to The Salvation Army $1.8 billion, the largest gift ever made to a private charity for the specific purpose of constructing state-of-the-art facilities in underserved areas around the country, facilities that would offer a completely new approach to the concept of community centers. To date, 19 centers are open and operating. An additional 8 centers are currently scheduled to open in 2012 for a total of 27 centers.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is the largest social service organization in the world and the single largest direct provider of social services in Chicago and the state of Illinois.  The Army operates 200 points of entry in neighborhoods across the greater Chicago area, providing disaster relief, shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, child care and head start, senior services and more.  On any given night, about 900 people are sleeping under a Salvation Army roof.   In 2010, The Army celebrated 125 years of service in Chicago.  The Salvation Army is there every day, 24-hours-a-day in Chicago and throughout the country providing disaster relief to people in crisis.

New Balance North Shore Holds 12th Annual Trade-In Sale to Benefit The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitaion Centers

Highland Park, IL (April 4, 2012) – During the month of April, The Salvation Army and New Balance North Shore are partnering for the 12th annual “Trade-In Sale” to benefit The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). Customers can bring in their old sneakers, any make, any model and receive $10 off any new pair of New Balance shoes.

“The Salvation Army is deeply appreciative of the support and donations that New Balance North Shore provides us with every year,” said Envoy Dennis Earnhart, Waukegan Adult Rehabilitation Center Administrator.  “When you donate your old sneakers to New Balance North Shore, The Salvation Army either gives them away to people in need, sells them in one of our many family thrift stores or recycles them.  Without the North Shore community’s donations, many of our friends and neighbors would be unable to obtain shoes for themselves and their families.”

All proceeds from family thrift store sales benefit The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.  These centers assist people with long-term recovery from substance abuse and successful re-entry into the community. Each center offers residential housing, work and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to rebuild their lives and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.

“The Salvation Army plays such a vital role in our community,” said Allen Adelman, owner of New Balance North Shore.  “Our annual Trade-In Sale is a great way for New Balance and the North Shore community to help our friends and neighbors in need.”

The Trade-In Sale has been an annual event since 2001. During the last three years, New Balance North Shore has received and donated more than 3,000 pairs of shoes to The Salvation Army. For more information, call 847-266-8323 or visit New Balance North Shore downtown Highland Park at 610 Central Avenue in Port Clinton Square.

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About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 89 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salarmychicago.org.

About New Balance:

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA, has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance is currently the only athletic shoe company that manufactures footwear in the U.S.with 25% of our North American footwear shipments produced at five New Englandfacilities. The company also operates a manufacturing facility in Flimby, U.K.New Balance employs more than 4,000 associates around the globe, and in 2010 reported worldwide sales of $1.78 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.newbalance.com.

About New Balance North Shore:

New Balance North Shore opened in 1995 in downtown Highland Park as one of the first concept stores in the country devoted entirely to the New Balance brand. Since then, New Balance North Shore has earned prominence as one of the largest New Balance stores in the country, offering an unmatched selection of New Balance footwear styles, athletic apparel and accessories. New Balance North Shore specializes in providing expert fitting services and carrying a massive inventory of hard-to-find sizes and widths from 4A to 6E.