Nicor Gas “Shares” the Warmth of the Holiday Season

Nicor Gas announced its holiday fundraising drive for Sharing; a program that helps people in need pay their heating bills. As we enter the holiday season and throughout the month of December, Nicor Gas is sending a bill insert to customers in the hopes of continuing to meet the rising needs of qualified applicants by increasing donations to the Sharing Program.The Sharing Program, administered by the Salvation Army, was established by Nicor Gas in 1983 and provides one-time annual grants of up to $450 to help customers who are not eligible for government assistance. The program, accepts donations from customers, employees, and the general public to assist people who may be dealing with a hardship and need help with paying their heating bills. Donations are matched by Nicor Gas, up to $175,000 annually.How to Make a Contribution to the Sharing ProgramNicor Gas customers can make a contribution to the Sharing Program by checking the appropriate box on their bill stub and adding the amount to the payment. Customers who have their natural gas bill electronically transferred can call 1-888-Nicor4U (642-6748) or log on to their account at to pledge a Sharing contribution. To make a donation by check, please make it out to “Sharing c/o The Salvation Army” and send it to: Sharing c/o The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 30049, Chicago, IL 60630-0049.Read MoreArticle Courtesy of CSRWire.

Gold Coin Found in Naperville Salvation Army Red Kettle

Salvation Army Capt. Bret McElroy has yet to find a gold coin worth more than $1,100 in a red kettle at Christmastime, but he remains hopeful nevertheless about the $180,000 goal of this season’s fundraising.In Naperville, Illinois, a city west of Chicago, a South African gold Krugerrand in a folded $2 bill was placed in a Salvation Army kettle last week. Here in Horry County, the local goal, with or without a gold contribution is “aggressive but it can be done,” McElroy says.Article Courtesy of Read more

The Salvation Army to Host More Than 2,200 People for Meals on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving MealThe Salvation Army Metropolitan Division will serve more than 2,200 holiday meals to hungry and homeless Chicagoans on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, at several locations and through the Mobile Feeding Program for the homeless.The largest of the food sites is the Harbor Light Center, 1515 W. Monroe, where staff and volunteers will serve 500 meals from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition, the center will take 700 meals to homeless people on Thanksgiving Day as part of its Mobile Feeding Program.  In Englewood, 500 people, who have already been issued tickets for a dinner donated by the Cheesecake Factory, will dine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Englewood Corps Red Shield Center, 945 W. 69th Street. The center’s gymnasium will be turned into a large dining room for the occasion.The Mayfair Community Church/Corps Community Center will serve the church’s third annual Thanksgiving Day dinner to 500 people from 12-noon to 3 p.m., at 5020 N. Pulaski Road. Dinner will be followed by a Christmas Kettle Benefit Concert featuring tenor Simon Kyung Lee, pianist Jieun Song, and the Salvation Army Mayfair Brass Band.

Red Kettles Are Out

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Tree of Lights

The Salvation Army hosted the season’s first tree lighting ceremony in November at the John Hancock Center Plaza on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. NBC5’s Phil Rogers served as the master of ceremony, which featured music by The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble and Walter Payton College Prep’s The Sounds of Sweetness A Cappella Choir. Program participants included Lt. Colonel David Grindle, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division and Bruce Williamson, president of The Sterno Group and chair of The Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.The Salvation Army traditionally raises about 70 percent of the money it uses year round for client services through the Red Kettle Campaign. This year’s goal is $12 million.View Video on YouTube | View Photo Gallery on Flickr