Toyota Donates Nearly 200 New Winter Boots To Low-Income Chicago Families through the “Walk in My Boots” Program
In the midst of one of Chicago’s most brutal winters on record, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, through its “Toyota Walk In My Boots” community outreach project took time out from the Chicago Auto Show to help area low-income families by providing new insulated winter boots to more than 100 families served by The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center on the Near West Side of Chicago.
While many programs offer winter coat giveaways, a person’s feet are often left vulnerable to freezing temperatures and even frostbite. With this donation, many families will be shielded from the cold. In addition, Toyota made a $15,000 donation to The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division, enabling them to continue to provide support for families in times of crisis.
LaTasha Walker has been coming to The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center for the past 15 years. She looks after seven children, ranging in age from 3 to 11, and says having boots for all of them is a blessing. “It’s nice knowing that their feet are warm and that they won’t get wet,” said LaTasha. “Toyota is absolutely wonderful for doing this for our families.” Read More
CrossGenerations, a Salvation Army Corps Community Center located in Blue Island, Illinois, provides a full range of sports, worship and arts programs for the community, but the senior program is one of its crown jewels. The program includes exercises, classes and social opportunities for the seniors in the surrounding towns. Read More
Early this week the fire departments from Cicero and surrounding towns battled multiple fires in the pre-dawn hours. The department responded first to a five-alarm fire, which destroyed a warehouse and the neighboring building. Firefighters had their hands full with the blaze as the water froze upon exiting the hydrants, hampering their efforts.
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services department immediately sent out a Rapid Response Unit and a Mobile Feeding Unit to provide hydration, hot meals and other support for the firefighters. “There’s nothing like a cup of hot stew and hot chocolate in the middle of a sub-zero night while fighting a fire,” said a firefighter.
Later in the morning, the Army responded to a second fire at an apartment building just blocks away from the warehouse fire. For nearly six hours, Army staff and volunteers provided firefighters and residents with hydration, hot meals and emotional support.
In 2013 The Salvation Army responded to 50 local disasters including floods and fires. Donations to The Salvation Army help provide meals, snacks and beverages for first responders, and emotional and spiritual support and other forms of immediate aid for victims. To make a donation, please visit our page here.
RunFurShelter has teamed up with The Salvation Army to hold their 4th annual 5K run on Sunday, May 18, at Sherman Immediate Care Center, 2000 McDonald Road, in South Elgin. All proceeds from the race will go toward the purchase of dog and cat food and veterinary costs for the pets of homebound seniors enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Golden Diners Senior Nutrition Program. Last year, RunFurShelter raised more than $28,000 to help area animals in need.
RunFurShelter made the decision to partner with The Salvation Army after the Golden Diners Program reported that seniors were having difficulty affording enough food to feed their pets. Providing pet food to homebound seniors will enable them to keep their furry companions, which is key to combating loneliness and depression.
Entry to the 5K is $35 and includes a t-shirt and timing chip. In addition to the traditional 5K race, this year’s event will also include a one-mile memory walk/run, in honor of our beloved pets who are no longer with us, and a 100-meter sprint for children. For more information or to register, visit www.runfurshelter.com or contact Tanya Esquivel at 224-805-3722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, more than 5,000 seniors in Kane and McHenry counties are served by The Salvation Army Golden Diners program. Golden Diners delivers more than 800 meals every day. Homebound seniors receive a friendly visit and a hot, nutritious meal delivered by The Salvation Army. The visit also serves as a daily wellness check. The program helps prevent malnutrition for seniors, as well as avoid institutional care for as long as is safely possible. Golden Diners congregate meals and wellness checks also alleviate seniors’ isolation.
Beginning in January, RunFurShelter will host monthly food drives to keep the pet food pantry stocked. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these drives, please contact Sara Johnson at email@example.com.
The Salvation Army Golden Diners Program would like to thank Tanya Esquivel, Nancy Meaney, Sara Johnson and all of the dedicated volunteers at RunFurShelter for their tireless commitment providing the South Elgin and Elgin communities with fun and active family activities that benefit a great cause.
Staff from The Salvation Army’s Homeless Services program make their scheduled runs every day – providing meals, beverages and nutritious snacks to those individuals and families who find themselves homeless. They offer to bring the individuals to a shelter or a detox and rehabilitation center if needed. When extreme weather hits Chicago, the staff are even more diligent in their services. Read More