Donut Day is a Holiday with a Cause

HdonutDayMobileundreds of Salvation Army Donut Day taggers wore their vests with pride in the Chicagoland area collecting donations and thanking donors with an Entenmann classic chocolate donut. Funds raised during this annual event support The Salvation Army programs and services, including meals for the hungry, disaster assistance, and safe havens for youth. Last year we raised nearly $45,000 and this year we expect to exceed that amount.  We noticed a decline during the Red Kettle fundraiser due to the harsh conditions of this past winter. That, coupled with increased needs made the success of Donut Day even more important.

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Donations Doubled as We Enter Final Stretch of Red Kettle Campaign

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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.”
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The Salvation Army is Honored to Serve Victims of Deadly Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma

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Moore, OK (May 21, 2013 – 2:10 AM) – The Salvation Army is on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma with multiple canteens and personnel coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado. We continue to provide service to hard hit areas from yesterdays’ storms which include Shawnee – multiple sites, Carney area, and Cleveland County.

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We Need Your Help

As families across the country continue to struggle with unemployment and economic uncertainty, the need in Chicago continues to climb. In just one month The Salvation Army received 2,400 more first-time requests for emergency assistance than the previous year and we are currently $735,000 short of what is needed to meet that increasing annual need.

We wholeheartedly thank the very generous Chicagoland community for the gifts that have already been made this holiday season and are challenging you to give one more time — our goal is within reach and with only seven days left in the campaign, we need your help in carrying our community over the finish line. Continue reading “We Need Your Help”

PERCEPTIONS OF POVERTY: The Salvation Army's Report to America

The Salvation Army released its newest report today titled, “Perceptions of Poverty: The Salvation Army’s Report to America,” a summary of our latest findings examining Americans’ attitudes toward those struggling to get by.

Surveying just over 1,000 individuals, the results revealed that while the public is sympathetic to the poverty crisis, it at times misunderstands the reasons why so many live in poverty.

These study’s findings are boggling:

The report found that 38% of Americans reported they have received assistance of some sort from charity. And while an overwhelming majority of Americans believe people living in poverty deserve a helping hand, another 27% believes that laziness is a root cause of poverty and 59% believe that “poverty is a trap some Americans can’t escape no matter how hard they try.”

In addition to these misconceptions about poverty, many Americans are unsure of what they can do to help others and demonstrate a lack of confidence that their help or any other type of aid will actually make a difference in someone’s life.

Regardless of the report’s grim findings, the majority of Americans reported donating to a charity in 2011 with the prevalence of giving increasing with income.

To read the full report, “Perceptions of Poverty: The Salvation Army’s Report to America,” please visit our website by clicking here.