Chicago Bears / Jewel-Osco Coat Drive

bearsButtonThe Chicago Bears and Jewel-Osco request your support during the 21st Annual Chicago Bears/Jewel-Osco “Coat Drive”.Please help deserving families during this holiday season by donating winter coats from October 5th, 2009 through December 4, 2009.Donations will benefit The Salvation Army and public schools in the greater Chicagoland area.For more information and collection locations, please visit: http://www.salarmychicago.org/events/coatdrive.htm

eChange Your Community – Host an Online Red Kettle

dtmg_kettle-animationLooking to do the most good this holiday season?The Salvation Army has an easy way you can help those in need and get your family and friends involved.Host your own Salvation Army Red Kettle online and you can ring your bell virtually during Christmas. You can also gather tons of donations, get others involved, and watch as lives are changed for the better by sending family and friends your personalized link.Visit www.salarmychicago.org/ork to learn more.

DESIGNED BY CHILDREN, BUILT BY VOLUNTEERS

What can 200 volunteers do in six hours? Build a children’s playground from the ground up, that’s what.Three groups came together in late September to build a playground at The Salvation Army Mayfair Community Church/Corps Community Center: Discover Financial Services, which donated playground equipment and brought in more than 150 volunteers; members of the non-profit KaBOOM!, which builds children’s playgrounds nationwide, and The Salvation Army, playground recipient and host for the day. The Army contributed about 70 volunteers to the building effort.Playground’s design was based on drawings made by Mayfair area children, who will be enjoying the facility for years to come.It was a hot, muggy day when more than 200 people began arriving in early morning to shovel mulch, assemble slides and swing sets, and build park furniture. Some 65 cubic yards of mulch and 18,000 pounds of hand-mixed cement later, volunteers had created more than just a playground. They had created a living testament to the power of the community working together.View our Flickr Gallery at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/salarmychicago/sets/72157622481327668/show/View our YouTube video at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx8qlTfpIXI [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx8qlTfpIXI]