Come Celebrate with Us at the Starligher Dinner

StarlighterCoverThe Salvation Army’s 2009 season of giving will get off to a festive start November 9 when the Army hosts several hundred friends and supporters at the Starlighter Dinner at Hyatt Regency Chicago. The Starlighter is the kickoff of the Chicago-area’s annual Red Kettle fund raising campaign.Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Phil Rogers of NBC5 Chicago.For more information, visit:

The Salvation Army Assists Survivors of California Wildfires

 The Salvation Army’s Southern California Division is assisting residents who fled their homes due to wildfires and who are being housed temporarily at five shelters.In northeast Los Angeles County, Army disaster staff and volunteers are feeding more than 60 people at a shelter at a local high school. They had fled the Station fire, the largest of eight blazes that have forced thousands of California residents from their homes.Additionally, the Army is providing meals to fire survivors at a Santa Clarita high school shelter and at three other shelters.View photos from The Salvation Army – Southern California Division


Picture 1573Preparing children for a new school year is stressful for most parents, even in the best of economic times. But for parents who have lost their jobs or are trying to make ends meet on shrinking incomes, this time of year is especially stressful. The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division understands the plight of cash-strapped households and partnered with Target and Cardinal Fitness to assist parents to get their children ready for school.The Army organized a shopping spree for 200 kindergarteners through sixth-graders with a $25,000 grant from Target. Accompanied by chaperones – one per child – children shopped to their heart’s content, filling their carts with school supplies and clothes. Children worked from lists developed by their parents, carefully crossing off each item as they placed it into the shopping cart.Each child had a $100 Target GiftCard with which to pay for his/her purchases. Chaperones helped children with their shopping decisions and kept track of how much money was being spent and on what. When the children finished shopping, Target employees treated them to refreshments and snacks.Cardinal Fitness also assisted with providing school supplies to needy children by holding its first annual school supply drive to benefit The Salvation Army.Cardinal Fitness members at 42 Illinois clubs and 3 clubs in Indiana donated boxes of school supplies, which were distributed to children served by 21 Salvation Army Corps community centers in the two states.View Photo Gallery