Senior Citizens'Christmas Party"Celebrate the Reason"

Senior Citizen's Christmas PartyFor nearly 30 years, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division has hosted a holiday party for senior citizens living in the Greater Chicago area. In previous years, there was no charge for the event; however, this year due to the economy, seniors will be charged $5. More than 1,600 seniors are expected to attend this year’s event, which will feature food, gifts and entertainment provided by The Salvation Army staff.Since many senior citizens live alone, The Salvation Army’s annual senior Christmas party, like other Army programming for seniors, is designed to provide seniors with companionship and activities.When: December 8, 2009, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Where: Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Villa Park, IL 60181 Map and Directions      **Reservation is closed**

Chicago Businesses Serve Holiday Meals

Thanksgiving celebrations have been taking place all across the Chicago area Thursday.The Salvation Army is serving up more than 2200 holiday meals to Chicagoans in need.It’s been a busy day at the Harbor Light Center on West Monroe where hundreds of people enjoyed turkey and all the trimmings. The center helps people trying to beat addictions. Guests appreciated the holiday feast and organizers were pleased to help them.”Having places that you can get in off the streets for a little while and maybe get warm, get dry, have a nice thanksgiving dinner is a tremendous opportunity,” said Capt. Merrill Powers, Harbor Light Center.”I just like to volunteer. I like to help, I like to, you know, give back,” Leneia Vallentine said.  Read MoreArticle Courtesy of ABC7Chicago.com

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 www.nicorgas.com 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 TheSunNews.com 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.