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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The red kettles may be gone from the streets, but the Red Kettle fundraising campaign goes on through January 31, 2014, through donations made to The Salvation Army’s website, online red kettles, by phone and by mail.
Due to a shortened bellringing season this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, donations in the red kettles were down by about 22 percent, raising $1.9 million compared to last year’s $2.4 million. Four anonymous donors have issued a challenge to area Chicagoland residents to help make up the difference by doubling any donation made online or by phone or mail by January 31, 2014, up to $250,000.
To answer the challenge, donors may make a donation on The Salvation Army’s web site at www.salarmychicago.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or texting SACHICAGO to 80888*. Donors may also mail a check to The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division, 5040 N. Pulaski, Chicago, Il, 60636.
“It’s not too late to give to the Red Kettle campaign, and to sweeten the rewards of giving back, any donation you give now will actually be doubled,” said Lloyd Wennlund, 2013 Red Kettle Campaign Chair and Executive Vice President of The Northern Trust Company. “Imagine dropping a coin into a Salvation Army kettle and hearing two clinks. That’s what this match effectively does.”