Seniors Prove Camp Isn’t Just For Kids

Salvation Army Wonderland Campers and new friends, Pattie Wynder and Bonnie McKirnan, visit after lunch.
Campers and new friends, Pattie Wynder and Bonnie McKirnan, visit after lunch.

Summer camp days are full of sunshine, swimming, arts and crafts and blossoming friendships. This is true for campers of all ages — including those in The Salvation Army’s Senior Camp program. Every June the Army’s Wonderland Camp in Wisconsin welcomes more than 260 older adults for four days of camping fun. Campers can be as busy or relaxed as they choose, and select from a variety of activities. “I look forward to coming here,” Pattie Wynder, 79, of Roseland, said. “I love going for walks along the pathways and seeing the beautiful flowers. And I feel safe here.” A typical Senior Camp day includes worship services along with opportunities for boat rides, archery, nature hikes, bingo and other activities. Continue reading “Seniors Prove Camp Isn’t Just For Kids”

The Season has a Nice Ring to It

article-4-season-has-a-nice-ring-200x200A personal word from Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Metropolitan Divisional Commander, looking ahead to the exciting opportunities in 2014.

Every year at this time, you see our bell ringers busy on street corners and shopping centers throughout the town. We want you to know the tremendous difference you make each time you donate to the red kettles. The hungry are fed. The homeless are given shelter. The aimless are treated with guidance, dignity and unconditional love.

I’m fortunate to be able to witness those results, day after day. It’s a blessing to witness the impact of your support on the lives of so many.  Continue reading “The Season has a Nice Ring to It”

How the Fire Stole Christmas

article-3-how-fire-stole-christmas-francis-200x200Imagine the joy of Christmas going up in smoke. Literally.

That’s what happened for the Francis family in Joliet last year. Just a few days after Christmas, a house fire destroyed most of their belongings — including their children’s new toys. The house remained intact, but everything inside was ruined.

Upset, depressed, and with nowhere to go, the family turned to The Salvation Army for help. Immediately, they were provided with vouchers for clothing and household items. Some leftover toys and clothing were given to the children and personal care items for the whole family.  Continue reading “How the Fire Stole Christmas”

Christmas Volunteers Needed

call-out-box-christmas-volunteers-needed-200x200One of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is your time. The Salvation Army relies on people like you to volunteer at Christmas and throughout the year to help our neighbors in need. We have terrific volunteer opportunities for people of all talents and skill sets. Please call 773-725-1100 or visit to find the opportunity that’s right for you.

“I Couldn’t Have Done it without The Salvation Army”

article-2-couldnt-have-done-it-edyta-200x200Edyta’s family had supported The Salvation Army for years. But when her family’s construction company and restaurant both went under in the wake of the recession, they found themselves in need of receiving help instead of giving it.

So they turned, naturally, to The Salvation Army.

Just a couple months before last Christmas, Edyta visited the Norridge location to ask about the food pantry program. She was thrilled to learn that not only was her family eligible to receive food, but a holiday meal basket, too! Edyta and her husband were provided with a Christmas gift for each of their children.

And so, for the first time in two years, there would be a holiday meal and presents under the tree.  Continue reading ““I Couldn’t Have Done it without The Salvation Army””