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 : our YouTube video at: [youtube=]

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