Jan 16: Odessa Texas (CBS 7). The Salvation Army had a successful Red Kettle campaign seasons with donations almost doubling but it wants to give one of them back. Lt Stephen Correira said that amongst the $US120,000 donated, the church found a different kind of donation...a diamond ring. "Usually we see a lot of gum wrappers, candy wrappers, foreign money, paper clips. We’ve even seen a marshmallow Santa Claus thrown in the kettle before," Lt Correira said there was no explanation as to how it got there. The Salvation Army doesn't think it was intentional.
Jan 16: Sydney (Sydney Morning Herald): The Salvation Army has apologised to a Lebanese Muslim Association planning a holiday camp for muslim school boys from western Sydney could play sport, listen to motivational speakers and hang out. The LMA sent a $400 deposit for a camp at the Collaroy Centre but was allegedly told the venue could not accept the booking as the centre only acceptable guests were practised Christianity. The Army said it was a misunderstanding, apologised and invited the LMA to rebook. The apology was accepted.
Jan 14 (BBC news): The riots that broke out in the as a rather genteel seaside East Sussex resort town of Eastbourne in the early 1890s as members of the fledgling Salvation Army defied a bylaw which made it illegal for the army to march and perform its music is to be made into a film. The docudrama is to tell the story of the Salvationists who defied the ban and the angry locals who formed a "skeleton army" to attack them and destroy their instruments. Many people were injured and many Salvationists jailed in Lewes Prison for their defiance of the law. The film is to use local actors, residents and members of the Salvation Army http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-16549826
Jan 10: (WLFI) The Salvation Army has auctioned off a valuable antique coin which was dropped into one of the church's Red Kettles at Lafaette over Christmas. The 1924 coin was valued around $US1600 but the winning bid was $US2150.
Jan 9 (Emporia Gazette): Area hunters hunted wild game over the weekend in the fifth annual tournament organised by Hunt 4 Hunger, which donated the food for hungry families. Hunt 4 Hunger chairman Chuck Gardner said all the meat was donated to The Salvation Army and was cooked and served at a banquet for 150 needy people. The tournament had 18 mainly two-member teams. The entry fee was $50 and 10 cans of food. The Salvation Army also received the cans.
Jan 9: (Hometownlife.com) Hundreds of holiday travellers and employees in the McNamara Terminal took the stage for the airport's third-annual Sing Because You Care holiday karaoke event, which raised a record $4287 for the Wayne-Westland Corps of the Salvation Army.
A group of squatters have
Jan 6: (CBC.ca) About 60 unionised Salvation Army workers remain on strike in Ottawa walk off the job as part of a pay dispute and picket in front of the Booth Centre for homeless men.
Jan 6: (SCNow) The Salvation Army of Horry County is to hold its first annual Roast on the Coast fund raising event “Toasting and Roasting” former CCU Head Football Coach David Bennett.
Jan 6: (AZ Central.com) A 52-year-old program co-ordinator with The Salvation Army's Project Hope, a homeless outreach program, has been arrested on pornography charges and held in Maricopa County jail. He faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Jan 4: (AdelaideNow): A fire which gutted The Salvation Armhy's Elizabeth East charity shop in Adelaide's north is believed to have started as the result of an electrical fault not the work of vandals as was initially suspected.
Jan 3: (Bradford Telegraph and Argus) Bradford Council has decided not to renew a contract for the Salvation Army Lawley House hostel for the homeless as part of financial cutbacks in a review of its Supporting People Program.
Jan 3: (Gisborne Herald, NZ) The Salvation Army has broken camp and harvested a windfall. Volunteers collected abandoned camping equipment from BW campgrounds over two days to sell to raise money for the Army. Thousands of dollars worth of equipment including tents, sleeping bags, airbeds and camping chairs which had been left behind by almost 20,000 visitors who attended the three-day Rhythm and Vines music festival. In previous years, a garage sale of leftovers has raised $6000.
Jan 2: (Maldon and Burnham Standard) Officers from Maldon District Council have met with The Salvation Army to discuss the future of the landmark Rose and Crown building. The Army, which owns the building, turned down the chance to have it revamped by production company Tiger Aspect for a Channel 4 program last year and its future has been unclear since.
Jan 1: (Sheffield Telegraph) A group of squatters, members of the Occupy Sheffield camp, have taken over the former Salvation Army citadel and are refusing to leave. The anti-capitalist protesters say they will “make the building safe and secure and will then open it for public use”. Community groups that no longer can afford to pay for accommodation because of funding cuts will be able to use the building, which has been renamed The Citadel of Hope. The castellated structure, owned by a Durham property developer, has been empty since the Salvation Army moved to Psalter Lane more than 10 years ago. The developer has been unable to get plans approved. Occupy Sheffield has has been camped in front of the building since November 5, resisting requests from the church authorities to move.
Jan 1: An historic Salvation Army citadel in Scunthorpe Barton is for sale as the church gets set to moves in to former pub. The building is on the market for £199,000 after the Salvation Army purchased the Carnival Inn.
Jan 1: (Shelby Star) Volunteer The Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell ringer Amy Hartley continues to break records for Amy spent 36 hours ringing a bell at the entrance of the Shelby Walmart. She set a new record for having raised the most money in the shortest time - $US1224 in seven hours.
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Nov 4-6: The Salvation Army officially launched a presence in The Solomon Islands. A group of 21 volunteers from Brisbane City Temple went to offer ministry support. More than 100 people attended the first church service
- led by the territorial leaders from Papua New Guinea, and the two Australian
Apr 6: A 4m Chevron lightweight Salvation Army-branded caravan used to feed the homeless of Rotorua, in New Zealand, was stolen from outside a service station overnight. The caravan had been taken to the service station for a warrant of fitness as it was being refurbished.
Apr 5: A 50-year-old Madison man was arrested for a weapons violation after police said he pulled a knife on another man inside a Salvation Army building on the east side of Wisconsin city.
Apr 4: The Salvation Army in Australia puts out the call for 100,000 volunteers to help doorknock homes across the country as part of its annual Red Shield Appeal which collects donations from the public to help it keep the doors of its welfare programs open. The doorknock is to take place on May 28 -29. The Army hopes to raise $78.5 million.
Apr 2: The Salvation Army in Australia criticises the Federal Government for having not released more details about its planned carbon tax which is due to begin in July 2012.
Apr 2: The southern division of the Salvation Army in New York files a suit against the Bank of New York Mellon for almost $US22 million, contending the bank had “grossly mismanaged” assets belonging to the church by investing them in mortgage-backed securities and other risky investments.
Apr 1: Southend Salvation Army corps in London claims new night on-street parking charges could drive away members and force the 125-year-old church to close. The corps runs daily all-day events from youth groups and choir practices to band rehearsals and drop-in sessions for the homeless.
Apr 1: General Shaw Clifton approves the official commencement of Salvation Army work in Togo - officially the Togolese Republic - a country in West
Africa. It is to be supervised by the Ghana Territory. This bring to 124 the total number of countries in which the Salvation Army has an official presence presence.
Captains HGerve Michel and Naty Dorcas Ahouyanganga, of the Gongo (Brazzaville)
Territory have been appointed leaders of the new work
Mar 31: The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball outfit took time out to help The Salvation Army while in Duluth for games at Amsoil arena on April. The team offered a $3 discount on tickets on groups of eight for anyone donating a non-perishable food item or cash to the Salvos.
Mar 27: The Salvation Army cautions potential donors to remain vigilant about a fake electronic mail circulating about donating to its Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief appeal.
Mar 26: NBC2 News reports donations to The Salvation Army are down 30 percent from last year which, should the trend continue, put the organisation in "serious trouble".
Mar 23: An engineering glitch halted construction of the $US30 million , 100,000sq ft Kroc Center in the Mid-Town Fairgrounds in Memphis. The work was scheduled be finished by October but its skeletal frame stands exposed 12 months into the project. A revised construction schedule expected in April.
Mar 23: A man is charged the murder of retired British Salvation Army officer, Janet Gilson, 64, in Hong Kong. She had been in the city since March 5 for a holiday. Her body was found behind a couch in the flat of her niece on Lamma Island on Saturday, three days after she had been reported missing.
Mar 22: The Salvation Army has announced it is to open the doors of its 52000sq ft Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centre of the Mississippi Gulf Coast - opposite Yankee Stadium, on September 19. The centre has an indoor waterpark, a combination chapel and performing arts centre a full-sized gymnasium with weights and exercise rooms. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, made the initial $US2 million donation for a swimming pool for East Biloxi and the project grew into a $US16.9 million worship, wellness and performing arts centre for South Mississippi.
Mar 21: Police interview 29-year-old man over the alleged murder of British Salvation Army officer, Major Janet Gilson, 64 in Hong Kong. Major Gilson had arrived in Hong Kong at the beginning of March.
Mar 19: British Salvation Army officer, Major Janet Gilson, 64, found murdered in Hong Kong three days after she was reported missing.
Mar 17: Adstream boss Peter Miller to chair The Salvation Army's media advisory board for New South Wales, ACT and Queensland. He has been on the board since 1996.
Mar 17: A $US2.6 million, one-level parking garage is to be built by The Salvation Army's Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centre on the west end of the current parking lot.
Mar 14: The Salvation Army in Daytona Beach, California, wants the Volusia County to put in a bus stop near one of its facilities because there had been a drop off of more than half its clients unable to get to the facility since its food pantry and social services moved there from another part of the city
Mar 13: The Salvation Army has announced a special relief hotline for people wanting to donate to relief efforts at the site of the 8.9 magniture Japanese earthquake and tsunami which stuck on Mar 11.
Mar 13: Salvation Army social worker, 35-year-old Maurice Rodriguez received a fractured skull as part of a "alcohol-fuelled" attack about 3.20am in Little Collins Street in Melbourne's CBD. Rodriguez was pushed to the ground in the attack, knocked unconscious and a cut to the back of his head required nine staples.
Mar 11: A .72 carat marquise-cut diamond wedding ring dropped into a Salvation Army fundraising kettle in Dalton, Georgia (US) over Christmas, fetches $US3000 at auction. The ring was donated anonymously by a couple who attached a note explaining that, while they are still in love, the ring could do more for someone else. The ring was valued at $US6000.
Mar 9: The Salvation Army in Charlottesville Virginia to close its 20-year-old day care program on April 1, citing increased government regulations, rising costs, fewer students and alternative services offered by area school districts. Church officials say they have been losing $US5000-$US6000 a month. Some in the community say its demise will make it more difficult for low-income families to find care.
Mar 6: Central and North Queensland Division holds farewell to General-Elect Linda Bond att he Capricorn Region corps.
Mar 9: THE Salvation Army faces the unusual prospect of strike action with community employees at its Westcare facility in Sunshine, Melbourne, set to walk off the job for two hours as part of a pay dispute.
Mar 5: Dubbo corps in southern New South Wales celebrates 125 years of work in
Mar 5: The Salvation Army is to open Rotorua Island to public again after 103 years. The church bought the island, in the Hauraki Gulf off the north island of New Zealand , in 1907 and, for about 100 years, had a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre there. The centre closed in 2005. A 99-year lease from the Salvation Army was negotiated in 2008, and the Rotoroa Island Trust was formed.
Mar 3: The Salvation Army in Australia launches a Christchurch Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund to provide funding and assistance for the people affected by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake which struck Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22 that claimed 181 lives. The night after the earthquake struck, Salvation Army volunteers served 1500 meals to people unable to go back to their homes and staff provided support at emergency welfare centres.
Feb 28: Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman helps The Salvation Army launch a Shopping with a Conscience campaign at its Red Hill Salvos family store. The campaign was linked to the online shopping site which gave shoppers the opportunity to make "conscience-friendly purchases".
Feb 27: Consumers Energy announces it is to give $1 million to the Salvation Army to fund a three-year pilot program aimed at helping customers who can’t pay their utility bills.
Feb 26: Once facing gloomy prospects for completion, The Salvation Army new Kroc Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts, opens with for tours and a sign up day a month ahead of the official dedication scheduled for April 1.
Feb 25: The Salvation Army announces it has notched up a new high in its Red Kettle Christmas fundraiser - the sixth on a row - haging raised $142 million over the 2010-2011 holiday season.
Feb: The Salvation Army Eastern Territory relaunches its More youth website with a more contenporary design and interactive features.
Feb 19: Fire engulfs the Family Store in young around midnight causing between
$150,000 and $200,000 damage.
Feb 19: Veteran NASCAR drive Morgan Shepherd to carry The Salvation Army logo on the bonnet of his racecar at the Daytona 500 in Florida with the motto "Doing the Most Good" under it.
Feb 18: The Great Plains Food Bank, which has delivered food to The Salvation Army for almost 30 years, delivers its 100 millionth pound of food to the church charity.
Feb 17: Between Jan 20 and Feb 17, Hungry Jacks collects 50 cents from every
Whopper Value Meal sold and donates it to the Army's Flood Relief Appeal -
almost 600,000 meals were sold.
Feb 17: Veteran NASCAR drive Morgan Shepherd to carry The Salvation Army logo on the bonnet of his racecar at the Daytona 500 in Florida with the motto "Doing the Most Good" under it.
Feb 17: The Salvation Army opts out of a $US4.7 million deal with Luzerne County, in Pennsylvania, to buy the former Valley Crest nursing home in Plains Township.
Feb 14: The Salvation Army in Massillon, New York, dedicates $3 million family life centre
Feb 11: A .72 carat marquise-cut diamond wedding ring dropped into a Salvation Army fundraising kettle in Dalton, Georgia (US) over Christmas, is to be auctioned to help food banks. The ring was donated anonymously by a couple who attached a note explaining that while they are still in love, the ring could do more for someone else.
Feb 4: 1804 coin found in Salvation Army fundraising kettle found to be a fake. The Army's Major Charles Gillies, from Long Beach, California, said the coin was replica of a rare 1804 US silver dollar. The coin was dropped into the fundraising kettle over Christmas.
Feb 4: The Salvation Army elects Canadian-born Commissioner Linda Bond, 64, as its next world leader taking over from retiring General Shaw Clifton. She is to leave her appointment as head of the Australia Eastern Territory to take up her new role. She is to be the 19th General of the worldwide church which operates in 123 countries
Feb 4: The Salvation Army hosts the Whittier (California) area churches' 13th annual citywide Prayer Summit.
Parmalat donates the day's profit from the Queensland sales of Pauls milk
products and Breaka-flavoured milk to The Salvation Army's Flood Relief Appeal
Dec 24: The Seattle Times has reported that Salvation Army captain Kyle
Smith rang his Red Kettle Christmas Appeal donation bell for 36 hours
straight last weekend. The publication reported that Capt Smith started at 5am on Friday in front of a Walmart store
in Spokane, Washington, and kept ringing until 5pm Saturday. It said he borrowed his 12-year-old son’s insulated boots and put down a piece of carpet next to the kettle to provide warmth and cushion
Dec 19: Major Robert McKerracher, 83,
Dec 19: An 18-year-old man accused of stealing a Salvation Army kettle in Hinds County in Mississippi has been arrested
Dec 16: The tradition continues: For the sixth year in a row, an anonymous donor has dropped a $20 Double Eagle gold coin - wrapped in a note saying "in loving memory of Mimi" - into one of the red kettle donation buckets set up by The Salvation Army in Lee, Henry and Glades counties. A 1933 Double Eagle coin was reported to have been sold for for $6.6 million. For the full story, click here. For background on Double Eagle coins, click here
Dec 14: A man in the San Francisco Bay area of California has been charged with allegedly impersonating a collector for The Salvation Army's Christmas appeal - the Red Kettle pocketing the money - and pocketing the money. It is alleged he had been posing as a bell ringer for two weeks.
Dec 10: Dooralong Valley, on the central coast of New South Wales, is to become home to The Salvation Army's largest Australian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. The centre is to be set up on the former Dooralong Resort, which is believed to have been bought by the church for more than $5 million after it closed Miracle Haven facility at Morisset and Selah Farm at Berkeley Vale.
Dec 9: The Salvation Army collects thousands of toys every Christmas through various campaigns around the world to give to disadvantaged children and families. Gifts tweens in the Calgary area can count on not getting include Harry Potter books or Twilight vampire dolls as the church considers doing so would be to promote black magic.
Dec 8: The Salvation Army faces the unusual prospect of industrial action from the Australian Services Union with more than 100 workers at its Westcare centre in Sunshine to vote on a range of work bans and strikes as part of a union push for the first collective agreement at Westcare, which provides services for vulnerable children and the young.
Dec 7: The Salvation Army's Chief of the Staff Commissioner Barry Swanson, on behalf of an ill world leader of the church, General Shaw Clifton, has apologised in Canberra to the survivors of childhood abuse in its care up to the 1990s. For some, the apology was welcome, for some the apology is not enough.
Dec 7: The Salvation Army's 2010 12 Days of Turkey campaign is designed to boost the number of donations to the church's charity arm and help it provide more than 900 turkeys to families in need throughout California's Solano County.
Dec 7: The Salvation Army's Oklahoma City Area Command has opened a Canadian County Service Centre in El Reno.
Dec 7: Radio station Kiss 92.5, from Toledo, Ohio, broadcast live from Westfield Franklin Park Mall in from 9am-6pm and collected 1571 toys valued around $30,000 and about $3000 in cash donations.
Dec 6: More than 15,000 motorcyclists gathered in Olympia in Washington State for annual toy run. All the toys and money are donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to needy children through its Toy n' Joy Shop.
Dec 5: After about 40 years of hitting the streets each Christmas season to help raise money for The Salvation Army, Wichita firefighters are taking a safer approach this year. The personnel are to be moved inside shopping plazas around the city in Kansas amid fears for their safety standing on the 22 street corner they have occupied over the years.
Dec 4: Clarksville man Mark Buckey went to The Salvation Army thrift store looking to buy a coat and discovered $2300 in the pocket of one the jackets he was trying on. He handed in the find which the Army plans to use to support the less homeless.
Dec 2: The Salvation Army's emergency disaster team swings into action with food and other relief support in Gwinnett County in response to a tornado in Buford, WGCL Atlanta.
Nov 30: The Salvation Army in Grand Junction, Colorado, declares Christmas will still happen for stuggling families this year despite the roof of its thrift store warehouse collapsed. Picking through the rubble, leaders say they will still be able to bring food and toys to families this Christmas season.
Nov 29: 19-year-old Brenden Woodard is continuing a family tradition of bell ringing for donations for The Salvation Army in America. He is the seventh generation of his family to volunteer for the church at Christmas.
Nov 28: The Salvation Army in Aurora, Chicago, has found a one-ounce gold South African kruggerand coin in one of its red kettles into which people put donations over Christmas.
Nov 27: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who, with his family, have been supporting The Salvation Army for several years says he has been blessed to have adopted the orgnisation and encourage others to support it because of its good works.
Nov 26: A 20-year-old child sex crime caught up with 84-year-old Toowoomba man Victor Alan Stevensen - also known as Vivyen Aelfwin Stavansen - when he was sentenced to three-years' probation after having been found guilty of having used his position as a Salvation Army Sunday school teacher to get a six-year-old girl to engage in an indecent act in 1990.
Nov 25: The Salvation Army Center of Hope in Greensboro North Carolina has to replace about 80 mattresses following a bedbug infestation. It will cost $22,000 to do the replace the federally-regulated mattresses.
Nov 24: A deer has busted up a Salvation Army Thrift Store on North Main Street in downtown Anderson. Staff tried to corner the startled animal, which caused some damage trying to prevent capture, but eventually opened a rear door and it ran out and vanished.
Nov 24: Police investigated a fire believed to have started in the laundry room of a South Florida Salvation Army rehabilitation facility.
Nov 22: The Giant Food chain has announced is it to limit the number of days and hours charity groups and churches, such as The Salvation Army, can collect donations in the front it its stores. The Army says it would cost it thousands of dollars in lost donations having its hours cut to four hours a day.
Nov 19: The Salvation Army in Toledo, Ohio, has been ringing the bells as part of the church's annual Red Kettle Christmas campaign in America but this year has set it's highest goal yet: $520,000 thousand, which is $50,000 more than its goal last year. In Albert Lea, Minnesota, it's the same story. It has set its highest Christmas goal yet of $186,000.
Nov 17: Despite The Salvation Army having closed up and moved on in September, goods (useable and not) continues to pile up at the front door of its former thrift store - a problem which plagued the faith-based charity while it was there.
Nov 16: The Salvation Army has been forced to install extra CCTV cameras at its thrift stores and donation bins across the country to monitor and hopefully help catch thiefes who are robbing the stores and bins costing it about $1 million a year.
Sept 18: Stephanie Tillman, who has been homeless but now CEO of ikros-com, her husband CIO Shomari Tillman and the 10 employees of ikros.com aim to “give back” to the community with a $25000 donation to The Salvation Army at function in Overland Park, Kansas, on September 23. The Army provided shelter and love to Stephanie and her family, which helped turn her life around. She has one from homeless to owner of a business established in 2007 that has experienced 555 percent growth within the past 12 months.
Sept 17: The Salvation Army in Australia has mobilised the first of three critical incident debriefing teams to New Zealand to support church’s response in Christchurch to the magnitude 7.1 earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks that struck the city on September 4.
Sept 17: The Salvation Army faces a fine of up to $Us250,000 for illegally continuing demolition of a historic Ford dealership downtown San Diego.
Sept 16: The consumption and misuse of alcohol remain major elements of the Australian way of life, according to research released by The Salvation Army. The Alcohol Awareness Survey, done by Roy Morgan Research, examined reasons why people drink alcohol, whether people have tried to cut down on alcohol and why they have failed if they've been unsuccessful. The report found four million Australians drank out of habit, about 1.4 million to "feel normal" and others just to get through the day. To read the full research report online at www.salvos.org.au
Sept 11: The Salvation Army has marked 100 years in Tuscaloosa, in West Alabama. The Army opened its first office in Tuscaloosa on September 10, 1910. Although details of the organization’s early days are not clear, it has expanded into three buildings since the early 1960s and is serving more people in West Alabama than at any time yet.
Sept 11: The Sheboygan Salvation Army, in Wisconsin, is to start a new week-long series of free classes throughout September and October to help low-income people quit smoking.
Sept 10: The Salvation Army corps in Sacramento, California, celebrates its quasquicentennial – 125 years service to the community and worship of God. An open-air, street meeting in front of The Firehouse Restaurant is planned for Sept 18.
Sept 7: The Salvation Army's new James Barker Hostel in suburban Footscray in Melbourne is to be spared the bullsdozer as the Victorian Government looks to flatten 78 properties, including 25 houses, to make way for its Regional Rail Link project.
Sept 7: There are plans to commemmorate the site of Rushden's first Salvation Army hall with a blue plaque. The Salvation Army was first established in the town and civil parish in Northamptonshire county, England, in 1883 and opened its first centre in the town, Citadel 432, in 1888. The building remained there until 1947 when it was demolished so the road could be widened. All that remains of it now is one wall.
Sept 5: About 400 people attended the Salvation Army's Picnic with the Elephants fundraising event at the Pittsburgh Zoo's International Conservation Center.
The Salvation Army has received $US500,000 from the $US3million estate of a reclusive Renton woman who wanted the community to know she was a good person.
Sept 4: The Salvation Army has joined with the International Conservation Center in Fairhope, Pittsburg, for "A Picnic with the Elephants" fundraiser to support the elephant program at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and the church's welfare program too.
Sept 3: $Us10,000 worth of musical equipment which were stolen from The Salvation Army in Helena, in Montana, have been recovered. A pawn shop owner lead authorities to a suspect.
Sept 2: A former Statesville police officer is to fight his conviction for having stolen a weight bench from outside a Salvation Army store.
Aug 31: Pine Rivers Salvationist David Howell, is Brisbane’s nomination in the Queensland Father of the Year awards. Mr The father of nine's wife died last year.
Aug 29: The Salvation Army estimates that more than 1000 people are brought to Australia each year as modern day slaves.
Aug 28: A simmering battle between two leading non-profit organisations erupted publicly when the Salvation Army of Massachusetts severed ties with United Way, an umbrella greoup that gives money to dozens of charities across the state, ending a 70-year affiliation. The disupute was over massive cuts in aid given to the Army.
Aug 23: The Salvation Army in New Zealand says 27 recommendations of the Law Commission's report on alcohol reform rejected by the government will do nothing to curb binge drinking and the problems it causes in society.
Aug 19: Cardiff-based church God's House said it raised about $10,000 for The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society as part of its Biggest Bonfire on Newcastle foreshore, north of Sydney. Organisers said about 15,000 people took part in the night around the bonfire with entertainment including carnival rides, live music and fireworks.
Aug 19: The Army Navy Outdoors stores from Jacksonville to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, are running a You Buy, We Give campaign which aims to donate about 2000 pairs of new socks to The Salvation Army to give to the homeless by the end of this year. Every time a customer buys a pair of socks, a pair will be donated to the church.
Aug 17: Charlotte County Sheriff's Deputies in Florida have warned residents to be on the lookout for phone scammers soliciting donations in the name of The Salvation Army.
Aug 17: Vice-President George Kunda has said at a church service at Chikankata Mission in Mazabuka, the Zambian Government appreciated the role The Salvation Army played in uplifting health and education standards in his country.
Aug 17: The Ringwood Salvation Army corps' annual concert in aid of cancer research, adds to the $30,000 it has raised since the first concert was in 2003 in honour of the long-time tenor horn player Melville Smith, who died from lymphoma. The band lost another member to cancer earlier this year.
Aug 15: Half Moon hotel has donated half a million American dollars to to Salvation Army schools in Montego Bay
in the church's Western Jamaica division.
Aug 15: Recent rainstorms have taken a toll on portions of the roof at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
in High Point, North Carolina.
Aug 14: The Salvation Army in Cheyenne, California is to close its thrift store and warehouse on September 30. The Army says it is no longer economically feasible to run the store. Ten people will lose their jobs with the Army saying it will help the workers find other employment. The Army is to continue to serve free lunchtime meals at its nearby citadel.
Aug 14: The Salvation Army is standing by long-time employee Jim Norman, the Hillsborough County Commissioner who is seeking election to the US Senate. Norman has come under fire from his opponent in the race for the large salary he is paid by the church. The Army says Norman's advocacy work included public relations and finding funding for programs, which began lon before he entered politics. Church spokesman Major Larry Broome said Norman had worked for the church for more than 30 years, making him the second-longest employee in its State Head for our state headquarters in Tampa, Florida.
Aug 13: Two Salvation Army volunteers have been convicted of having stolen groceries intended for the organisation's charity food bank in Dunedin, New Zealand. The two were caught in a police sting and were sentenced to do community work.
Aug 12: The Salvation Army in Florida has wrapped up its inaugural "Christmas in July" fundraiser when volunteers rang bells outside various business in Polk County. About $US32,000 was raised.
Aug 12: The Salvation Army’s Western Division Emergency Disaster Services office in Omaha has responded to flooding in Mason City, Fort Dodge and Des Moines setting up a mobile canteen to provide food and hydration to flood victims and relief workers.
Aug 7: A Housing Lobby, a state house tenants' group, in Auckland, New Zealand has accused The Salvation Army of betrayal because of its support for transferring some state houses to charities (New Zealand Hearld)
Aug 6: THE Salvation Army has denied receiving lost property donations from Qantas despite the airline reportedly giving it and Mission Australia in Sydney many items - such as mobile phones, computers and cameras - left on aircraft by passengers. Sydney's The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reports Qantas held regular staff auctions to distribute the valuables - with the proceeds going to charity - as it did not actively attempt to return lost items despite being able to track down the passengers. The Army's Geoff McCartney was quoted as having said items were received from Sydney International Airport but nothing on a regular basis from Qantas. Click here for story
Aug 6: Cincinatti, Ohio: An anonymous donor has given The Salvation Army more than $1000 — in coins, because he couldn't be bothered counting it.
Aug 6: The Salvation Army has sold its 17-storey Parkside Evangeline building, in Gramercy Park South, for $60 Million. Some reports indicated the Army wanted $US100 million for the for former hotel in New York. It was built in 1927 and had been a dormatory-style home for young women since 1963 before it was closed in 2008.
Aug 6: Salvationists and volunteers in Huntsville, Alabama, have been handing out bottles of water to pedestrians, people working in the sun and those standing at bus stops in sweltering temperatures.
Aug 5: The Salvation Army has announced it is to abandon plans to expand its Wildwood Ranch Camp near Ramona in San Diego because it would take too much money to fight litigation filed by neighbours. The Army holds camps at the ranch for disadvantaged youth.
Aug 4: The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Th Salvation Army "smashed" its 2010 Red Shield Appeal target, having raised more than $A77 million - up four percent on last year's total. About $10m came from the doorknock in the last weekend in May.
Aug 3: The citadel of The Salvation Army in Ashanti New Town in Kumasi, Ghana, has been overrun by the youth of the church, holding leaders hostage and disrupting church services for about 60 minutes. Leaders inside the building were not allowed to leave and church members not allowed in. The standoff ended when Major Appiah Teng intervened. The incensed youth were reportedly protesting against the way the church was being administered by Captain Yeboah, who they accused of running the church as his personal property. Full story, click here
Aug 3: LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD): The Salvation Army in Lubbock, Texas, has changed the way its volunteers respond to disasters with what is believed to be a vehicle that is the first of its kind that can get food to those in need quickly and easily.Designed in Lubbock and built in Indianapolis, the Rapid Response Unit is a mobile meal carrier minus the kitchen. Full story, click here
Aug 3: The case against a former Plainfield Salvation Army officer, Enoc "Tito" Sotelo, who is accused of orchestrating a massive scheme to defraud more than a dozen local illegal immigrants out of tens of thousands of US dollars, is on hold as he applies for a change in counsel. Sotelo faces 14 counts of theft by deception. Full story, click here
Aug 3: The Salvation Army is seeking as yet not-forthcoming answers from the State Government on the future of its yet-to-be-completed hostel in Footscray in western Melbourne. The Government has announced a Regional Rail Link for the area which the Army fears could run through its $22-million, self-funded, 120-bed hostel which is due to be completed in September. Full story, click here
Aug 3: The Sign A Rama franchise at Surry Hills in inner Sydney is to produce more than 700 signs for The Salvation Army, which means its churches, corporate offices and family stores will, for the first time, have brand consistency across its signage in the church's eastern territory, which takes in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. More than 200 signs already are up in about 100 locations. The rollout is expected to be completed next year. Sign A Rama is the world’s largest signage group and has about 90 stores in Australia and 900 internationally. Full story, click here
July 31: The Salvation Army is to be one of the beneficiaries from the 25th annual US Oil Open golf tournament in Wisconsin. The Salvation ARmy in ..... runs a "Garden in the Bag" program in Appleton which sees vegetables grown in burlap bags and old tyresin Appleton. The goal is reintroduce gardening to families in area that rely on food handouts to be come self-sufficient. The Army hopes to increase from 16 to more than 3000 the number of families taking part in the program. It is hope this year's golf tournament will raise $US2 million.
July 31: A Salvation Army donation box at a thrift centre in Davenport, Iowa, has been damaged by fire. Centre manager Sally Burke said the early-morning a fire broke out in the container which was almost full of donations. She estimated the damage to be about $20,000.
July 30: THE Salvation Army, the Hells Angels bikie gang and the global computer giant Apple have topped a new study into Australia's most effective brands according to research commissioned by marketing consultant Bastion Brands. Bastion's Simon Hammon said the three were ranked as effective because consumers clearly understood what they believed in, felt they could belong to the brand and would change their behaviour for it. The findings were based on more than 1000 interviews by the global research company THINK.
July 30: The Salvation Army in Mansfield, north central Ohio, has wrapped up a week-long series of giving away free meals to those in needy. The corps has one of the longest-running free meal programs in the area.
July 30: The Salvation Army from Grand Blanc in Michigan, has held its annual Stuff the Bus with School Stuff event. The aim of the day-long effort is to fill a bus with school supplies to be donated to help the families of Genesee County children unable to afford such items.
July 29: The Salvation Army in Tasmania has called for a tightening of liquor laws in Tasmania on bottleshops. The church wants the laws to be re-worked so that it is the applicant which had to justify why a bottleshop was needed rather than the community having to fight against an application. click
for the full story
July 29: A Tri-Valley student and three Salvation Army workers, including Capt Diane Campbell, have been recognised by the Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol for their efforts on June 2 when a school bus crashed on Ohio 60, killing a six-year-old boy and injuring the driver and several students.
July 29: THE Salvation Army held history displays of its work on Hadleigh Farm, in Castle Lane, to mark the two-year countdown to the Olympic Games in London in 2012. The church has owned the farm since 1890 after it was bought by founder, William Booth, to be used as a residential training colony.
July 28: THE 125-year-old Salvation Army in New Glasco, Nova Scotia, says it spent $1200 in July hauling away garbage left on the front steps of its thrift shop and has called on the public to stop the practice. The bags, some full of clothes, others full of garbage - from dirty nappies to used underwear, are dumped outside the store after hours. Useful donations are rendered rubbish after often being rifled through by animals overnight
July 27: A 30-year-old Salvation Army volunteer music instructor in Franklin, Indiana, has been sentenced to 70 years in jail for
sexual misconduct and having molested three teenagers during a youth band
program. The court also heard the man had plotted to kill them too.
July 27: The Salvation Army in Tokoroa, New Zealand, has hits out at plans that could see its thrift shop into a liquor store. The Army faces eviction from the shop to make way for the liquor stor, would be right next door to where the church holds drug and alcohol counselling sessions. The move has also angered some sections of the community.
July 23: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Associate Degree of Design (furniture) students, in conjunction with The Salvation Army have created a range of economical and ergonomic furniture to be introduced to the church's community housing projects across the city. The selected designs were manufactured by the Army's Creative Opportunities branch which provides supported employment and training for people with minor disabilities.
July 22: 50 people attended the opening of new kitchen and shower facilities
for the needy at The Salvation Army's New Life Community Centre in Manly in Sydney. Refurbishment work began in late June with the help of Sunrise Rotary fundraising, a state government grant and other public donations.
July 22: In a joint statement, The Salvation Army, Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, and UnitingCare Australia have called on the major Australian political parties to commit to immediate action and investment in community mental health issues in the lead up to the Federal Election.
July 19: Premier Greg Selinger and MP Shelly Glover were on hand to break ground on the new multimillion-dollar Salvation Army Multicultural Family Centre at St Boniface, New York. The complete, the
4300sq m facility is to offer services including employment training, pre-natal and parenting support groups, a kids club, and a youth drop-in centre. English mentoring programs and a food bank also is to be available. The Federal Government and the Province are providing up to $1.5 million each. The Salvation Army will contribute the remaining funding.
July 14: Six months after Haiti was rocked by the earthquake and aftershocks, The Salvation Army has completed the 600th housing shelter built through the Transitional Shelter Program in Jacmel, Haiti. Since January, The Salvation Army has moved from providing for immediate needs, including temporary shelter, food, water and medical attention to providing long-term recovery services to help return survivors to a level of normality in their lives. Not only has the Army's officers, staff and volunteers been doing the work, more than 400 Haitians have been employed as as carpenters and construction crew-members to assist in reconstruction efforts.
July 13: A bed bug infestation at the Salvation Army lodge in Odessa, Texas, is expected to cost thousands, and force the doors to close for a few nights. The lodge has battled with the proglem for nine months and now it is costing them all of the bedding that has been donated.
June 29: The Galesburg Register-Mail
reports police are investigating a burglary at The Salvation Army in which a
safe containing $65.60 was stolen
June 29: A decrease in donations has forced The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida to cut $550,000 from its budget.
Major Jim Arrowood said he thought the church had survived the economic downturn but donations were down 7 percent this year compared to last. He said the drop-in donations forced the group to lay off 11 employees, move 5 full-time employees to part-time and require all remaining 140 employees to take a 10-day furlough.
June 28: Victorian Premier John Brumby announced that the Victorian Government had joined with The Salvation Army and Pandora jewellery to announce a new formed a $1.35 million small business support program to drive the re-establishment of small business destroyed or damaged by fires in the Marysville and Kinglake regions.
Jun 4: America, following a tradition begun by The Salvation Army on the
battlefields of France in 1938, celebrates National Donut Day by handing out
free donuts. The national day started on the back of Army volunteers serving coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches.
Jun 4: With
summer temperatures rising in the United States, The Salvation Army has swung
into action: In the Tennessee Valley, Army caseworkers
distribute free box fans and water to those affected by the heat. The Army's Major Jim Lawrence.
called on the community to "join the relief effort" and donate new box fans
in the national appeal.
In Amarillo Texas, the Army is setting up cooling stations as a relief effort for the anticipated high summer
June 4: Belfast, Ireland: The Salvation Army celebrates 130 years in
It was at meeting on Monday, May 3, 1880, at the Army's international headquarters
in London that five officers were selected and commissioned for the work of the Army in Ireland.
Major Caroline Reynolds, Capt Phoebe Strong and Lt Polly Flynn arrived in
Londonderry on June 1, 1880, and held the first public worship in a building on
Strand Road known locally as the Rink.
Jun 3: San Jose firefighters put out a fire that burnt
about 50 mattresses outside a San Jose Salvation Army store.
Jun 2: The Salvation Army extends its reach to 121 nations
with the opening of its work in The United Arab Emirates. The church only began
a work in neighbouring Kuwait less than two years ago.
Jun 2: Little Rock:
Arkansas: The trial date of January 24, 2011, is set in the Pulaski County Circuit for 19-year-old Laquan Javaris Fitzpatrick, 19, to face charges
arising from the shooting of Salvation Army major Philip Wise outside an Army community centre in North Little Rock
on Christmas Eve 2009.
Jun 2: The Salvation Army celebrates 125 years in Sacramento, California,
during the 19th annual community lunch.
The Salvation Army was the beneficiary
of the Chico State University students' second annual "undie run" where students
blow off some steam before their final exams finals by stripping down to their
underwear and dashing around a few Chico streets and, in the process, provide a
sizable donation of clothes for charity.
May 31: Seattle, Washington: The Salvation Army ships
its 10 millionth meals to earthquake stricken Haiti but signal it needs to send
millions more. A severe earthquake hit the country back in January
May 31: Sydney: The Salvation Army is hopeful of meeting its target of $9.7 million in donations to its annual
national Red Shield Appeal.
May 27: Vancouver Canada: With less than a week left in its 2010 National Red Shield
Campaign, The Salvation Army says donations are way down with figures showing it
is more than a $CAN1.1 million short of its goal of $CAN2.75 million.
May 21: The Salvation Army is to keep open for another month an 85-bed shelter for the homeless in New Orleans.
The Army has said it can no longer afford to run its Center for Hope which suffers from chronic overcrowding. The centre was to have closed on May 19.
May 20: In a unique move, bell ringers and kettles, which have been synonymous with The Salvation Army at Christmas each year since 1891, are returning in July for a week in Topeka, Kansas when it is mid-summer in the United States. Captain Chuck Yockey said the church was running the Christmas in July fundraiser because donations were down and pressure on social services was up.
May 19: A Federal Emergency Management Agency videographer has been reportedly sacked for having asked two Mississippi church volunteers to cover Salvation Army logos on their T-shirts during a photo shoot. The women were part of a church group helping clear damage from an April tornado in a small southern American town. The agency is reported to have apologised to the women and the Baptist and Salvation Army churches for having been asked change their T-shirts for an interview. The two were wearing T-shirts with a Salvation Army slogan on them. The photographer is reported to have asked for a change of T-shirt because "we don't want anything faith-based". The volunteers changed into T-shirts with Baptist insignia on them but were told to change them too, WAPT-TV in Jackson reported. "The photographer in question was absolutely wrong," Associated Press reported an FEMA administrator as having said. The Salvation Army is reported to have accepted FEMA's apology.
May 18: The world leader of The Salvation Army, General Shaw Clifton, has announced the church would establish a presence in the Unitd Arab Emirates from June 1 taking to 121 the number of countries in which it operates. The Emirates is to be the second Gulf Co-operation Council country in which the church has a presence. The movement began working in Kuwait in 2008. Commissioner Robin Forsyth, the international secretary for program resources, said there were about 100 Salvationists in the UAE.
May 17: American Idol contestant Tyler Grady performed at the Festival of Flavors in Bethlehem, Pasadina, which raised funds for The Salvation Army.
May 16: Indiana diggers have found the remains of 100-year-old buildings and little chunks of coal and handmade bottles, ink wells and marbles at site of future Salvation Army Kroc Centre. The 100,000-square-foot center is to boast an indoor aquatic centre, gym, aerobics and fitness areas, performing arts auditorium and recording studio.
May 13: The Salvation Army celebrates 125 years of service in Richmond, Virginia.
May 13: The Montgomery County Salvation Army launches a $1.5 million capital campaign to build a larger shelter to serve the growing number of homeless
in the area.
The United States to celebrate National Salvation Army Week from May 10-17
Apr 30: New Zealanders who claimed they were abused in Salvation Army children's homes between the 1940s and 1970s say they are still waiting to hear a public apology from the church. The Army has not denied the abuses took place but disputes claims it has not properly apologised.
Apr 29: The Salvation Army in Warren in the United States has introduced a program to help eligible needy families with their electric bills and also with food assistance.
Apr 29: The New Zealand government has raised the tax on cigarettes but the The Salvation Army has called for an increase in the taxes on alcohol too.
Apr 27: A former Salvation Army officer has lost an appeal against his conviction on child sex charges. The South Australian Court of Criminal Appeal unanimously dismissed the bid by William John Keith Ellis to overturn his convictions. The offences, against four boys aged nine to 15, occurred between 1960 and 1971 at the former Salvation Army Eden Park boys home at Wistow, in the Adelaide Hills. In May last year, the 76-year-old was jailed for 16 years with a non-parole period of 12.
Apr 27: The Salvation Army in Westbrook, Maine in the United States, says it is running out of money and must merge with Portland's Salvation Army at the end of
Leaders from the Westbrook Salvation Army say they've been struggling to raise money in recent years and were left with no choice but to make the move.
Apr 27: The Salvation Army in Jackson Missouri is on the ground in communities affected by the April 24 tornadoes giving physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief personnel. Within the first 36 hours following the tornado, the Army served 2500 meals.
Apr 24: Former Oshkosh Salvation Army Capt. Johnny Harsh is leading people but in different directions
- driving a passenger bus for Wisconsin Coach Lines. Harsh drew national and worldwide attention when he was terminated from his job with the agency more than a year ago for violating rules that prohibit officers from marrying outside its ranks.
Harsh also operates a fledgling internet ministry from his home in Waukesha.
Apr 23: A small army of volunteers (2500) from the Bay Area Salvation Army in San Francisco in 15 hours at the Cow Palace are to assemble to attempt to prepare a million meals for Haitian earthquake survivor
Apr 19: National Rugby League fans have been urged to support record-breaking Parramatta Eels player Nathan Hindmarsh and The Salvation Army at he match against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium. The Bourke Street store was destroyed by fire last Friday and lost more than $100,000 worth of goods that was to go to needy families this winter.
Apr 17: The Icelandic volcano crisis has stranded a 22 members of a Salvation Army mission team from the Twin Cities
of Minneapolis and St Paul area of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune has
The group, which includes volunteers and Salvation Army employees, is stuck in Ghana, so far unable to get to Amsterdam to connect with their flight home.
Apr 16: The State Government, Parramatta Council and the community
have rallied to help the Salvation Army after the charity’s North Parramatta
warehouse was destroyed by fire. The Government and the council have each
donated $5000 and the community has also given cash, furniture and clothing. The
warehouse was one of nine holding depots for Salvos stores throughout Sydney and
the second biggest after Minchinbury. Salvos Stores general manager Neville
Barrett said there had been plans to move to a bigger site in North Parramatta
because the Bourke St warehouse was becoming too small.
Apr 13: The Salvation Army in Springfield Illinois is looking to raise $7 million for a planned community centre and homeless shelter. Campaign director David MacDonna said up to 70 percent of the money was expected to come from corporate, foundation and large donations, Mr MacDonna
said the group had begun to organise the first phase of a fundraising campaign, which would be housed in the former Horace Mann Educators building at Ninth and Washington streets.
Apr 1: General Shaw Clifton has announced that from 1 April 2010, the Rwanda and Burundi
Region is to be granted command status within the worldwide Salvation Army and be
known as the Rwanda and Burundi Command.
Majors Stephen and Grace Chepkurui are to take
respectively the designations Officer Commanding
and Command President of Women’s Ministries.
Captains Jean and Elianese Clenat are take
respectively the designations General Secretary
and Command Secretary for Women’s Ministries.
Mar 19: The suspect in the Christmas Eve slaying of a Salvation Army major appeared in court via video
from the Pulaski County Jail, where he is being held without bond. Laquan Fitzpatrick, 19, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of
Major Philip Wise, who was killed in front of his three young children outside an Army community centre
in North Little Rock.
Mar 18: Police seized
items allegedly donated to The Salvation Army when officers raided at a Hells
Angels clubhouse in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun reported that several vehicles
and firearms were confiscated - believed to be those reported missing by the
Army after an audit last year.
Mar 17: A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the Christmas Eve shooting death of Salvation Army major Phillip Wise in North Little Rock. Police said Laquan Javaris Fitzpatrick, of Helena-West Helena, had long been a suspect. Major Wise was shot in front of his three children as they returned to his office. Investigators say robbery was the motive in the shooting.
Mar 12: The Seattle Times has reported
that Salvation Army volunteer's discovery in January of a discarded Purple Heart citation honoring American World War II soldier Sgt Richard E. Owen while sifting through donations in a welfare centre in upstate New York has quickly escalated into a countrywide
search for the solder . Amateur genealogists, military bloggers, veterans
groups, journalists and well-wishers began rummaging through courthouse records
in Indiana, pored over newspaper archives in Pennsylvania, aged through old city
directories in Winchester, surfed every corner of the Web and cold-called every
Owen in dozens of phone books to try to find any information on the mysterious
Sgt Owen. Some information has been unearthed by the mystery still is to be
solved. for the full story, click
Mar 11: Americredit Corp's Canadian team has selected The Salvation Army as one of the beneficiaries of its primary philanthropic initiatives for 2010. Others
to benefit are to be United Way and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Mar 9: The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom is to rebrand its hostels for the homeless as LifeHouses. The Army said the change would emphasise its homelessness services. Maff Potts, the Salvation Army's director of homelessness services, was quoted as having said: "This is not a pointless rebranding exercise but a defining moment for the Salvation Army." The slogan for in the rebranding is to be: "LifeHouse:
more than a place to stay". Full story
March 6: About 350 people took part in the second-annual Nearly Naked Run in Iowa City in a clothes-drive for The Salvation Army. The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa's alumni association. Saturday was sunny with temperatures around 4deg C when runners lined up and donated layers of clothes. Spokesman Christin Meyer said feeling cold was what it was like to be homeless. Once runners finished, they were able to re-clothe over a cup of hot chocolate.
Feb 21: Frank Playle, 95, is awarded a certificate
for loyal service to Harwich Salvation Army band. He has been a player in the
same band or 80 years. Click
here for details
The United States got rid of slavery in the 1800s but the concept
and the practice still exists around the world so The Salvation Army and World
Hope International teamed up with the First Wesleyan Church in Huntington to
host a community forum about human trafficking to raise awareness about the
modern day form of slavery and stress the importance of empowering the community
against such practices.
Feb 20: American news agencies have reported that, in
an agreement to be enforced by a federal court, several government agencies in
New York have have agreed to monitor The Salvation Army to ensure it doesn't
impose its religious doctrines on the people it serves through any of its tax-ayer-funded
social services. The serves as an alert to groups who run government-backed
Feb 19: A new, nation-wide program launched by The Salvation Army is encouraging Canadians who visit one of the hundreds of
the church's thrift stores to give a donation which is to go to the purchase of tents to be used in the Army's relief camps being established in Haiti.
Feb 18: Philanthropist Henry Zarrow, of Tulsa Oklohoma, announces he has given a $US250,000 challenge grant to the The Salvation Army Tulsa Command to meet critical needs at the church's Centre of Hope homeless shelter, which is the largest in the state's northeast.
Feb 13: The Salvation Army and podiatrists across the United States are teaming
up to collect and giveaway thousands of pairs of "gently worn" shoes to the
country's less fortunate. Across America there are campaigns such as the.Shoes for the Homeless giveaway
in Virginia - which is in its 20th year - and the Share your Soles campaign in
Illinois which are helping to get people who otherwise may not have any into a
decent pare. Somecentres are collecting shoes to give to the victims of the
earthquake in Haiti.
Feb 10: Breadmaker Kroger in the US says that, for the fifth year in a row, it is to donate one White Buttercrust Bread loaf to The Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club program for every loaf that customers buy during February from its 80 stores in downtown Detroit. Last year, Kroger donated 15,732 loaves. The Dick Purtan Radiothon to benefit The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club, run by station 104.3 WOMC,
is the largest promotion of its type in Michigan and the largest single-market,
one-day radio fund-raising event in America, full story, click
Feb 8: The Salvation Army across America has staged its annual Souper Bowl. As American football fans were descending on Sunlife Stadium, Miami, for the NFL's 44th annual Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, thousands were turning out across the US for the Souper Bowl to help the Salvos raise money to feed the hungry.
Feb 5: Denver Mattress Company has donated about $105,000 to the Intermountain division of The Salvation Army through
its 10th annual Operation Rest Assured charity campaign.
Feb 3: Groundbreaking
for a multimillion-dollar Salvation Army cultural centre is expected in Augusta,
Georgia, on Wednesday. The Salvation Army's Kroc Center is to include a 400-seat performing arts theatre and worship hall, a 280-seat community hall, an indoor aquatics centre, a senior citizens lounge as well as classrooms for arts, music, education and recreational programming. Thirteen houses are
part of the project in Harrisburg. The $80 million-plus, 930sq m project is
expected to take 16 months.
Feb 2: The Salvation Army after having said it "wants to get out
of the hospital business" has decided it is to continue to run the historic
119-bed Toronto Grace Hospital, in Ontario Canada, despite requiring a $15 million upgrade, which the government has pledged help with.
The hospital provides chronic and palliative
care. Healthcare workers held a rally outside the 100-year-old hospital in
support of it remaining open.
Feb 2: Captain David Grigsbay, from the Salvation Army in Grayson
County has been arrested on drug charges. Sherman police said Capt Grigsbay was arrested for crack cocaine
Jan 29: The Salvation Army and the United Methodist Church in Branson, Missouri, have joined forces to provide a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week warming centre as America's less fortunate and homeless struggle through winter. Similar centres have been set up across the country as churches and charities are inundated with people seeking shelter from icy weather
Jan 22: The expected 1000 Christians from different
churches, denominations, ethnicities and states will not deterred by an expected atheist protest at major prayer rally on Australia Day
in Melbourne - organised by Catch the Fire Ministries - to ask God for rain and
His protection over
Australia during the bushfire season
Jan 13: NJ.com reports that a former Salvation Army officer in Plainfield was arrested after a Grand Jury indicted the man on 14 counts of theft by deception.
Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said Pastor Enoc Tito Sotelo of Kinston, NC
was accused of having promised immigrants that he would help them obtain green cards through a "Florida attorney" and collecting thousands of dollars from them purportedly to pay for travel to and from Florida and obtain the documents.
None of the victims received their green cards, because none of them were
qualified for National Interest Waiverswho told each of the victims that he was working with an attorney named Oscar Ruiz, collected roughly $4000 from each. An investigation revealed that Sotelo told the victims that $500 from each payment would go to the Salvation Army, something disputed by the organisation,
For the story, click here
Jan 9: A Salvos Store at Yagoona near Bankstown in outer Sydney has been gutted by a suspicious fire.
The store was allegedly ransacked before being set alight
Jan 1: The work of The Salvation Army in Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Africa, is officially opened. That brings to 119 the number of countries in which the Army operates.The country comes under the Army's Liberia Command. Moves to establish an official presence in the country began in 2003. At a meeting of the International Management Council in December 2009, Commissioner Amos Makina (International Secretary for Africa, IHQ) reported that the Army had been legally registered to operate in Sierra Leone and officers from Liberia, captains John and Roseline Bundu, had arrived in the country, ready to start work with the group of local people who had already expressed interest. Captain John Bundu originates from Sierra Leone. The General approved the official opening to take place on from 1 January 2010.
Dec 26: The Salvation Army plans to set up a memorial fund to remember Major Philip Wise, who was shot dead in an attempted armed holdup on Christmas Eve. Donations made in Wise’s name are to go toward a music program at the Army's summer camp. Authorities have posted a $10,000 reward (up from the original $1000) for information leading to arrests. Two men are believed to have been involved in the shooting which happened in front of Major Wise's three children — ages, 4, 6 and 8 (who the couple had adopted just last year) — at an Army community centre in North Little Rock. Major Wise's wife, Major Cindy Wise, made the 911 call. North Little Rock is in Arkansas, in the Army's Arkansas/Oklahoma division of the USA Southern Territory.
Dec 25: More than 15,000 Christian pilgrims descended on the little town of Bethlehem to celebrate in the birth of Jesus. The festivities included a traditional march, led by scouts playing bagpipes, and Austrian rock groups carolling in Manger Square. A midnight mass was held St Catherine's Church next to the Church of the Nativity, built over the spot where Mary is said to have given birth in a manger after she and Joseph could not find any room at the inn.
Dec 25: Israel's military has issued more than 10,000 permits to Palestinian Christians to allow them to leave the Gaza's West Bank and enter Israel for holiday celebrations to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Israel has allowed 300 Christians over the age of 35 to leave the Hamas-run territory
About 2500 Christians live in Gaza alongside 1.5 million Muslims. Most are Greek Orthodox.
Dec 24: Representatives from The Salvation Army preside over the NASDAQ Opening Bell.
Dec 24: CNN reports 40-year-old Salvation Army major Philip Wise was gunned down and killed in North Little Rock, Arkansas, in front of his children, aged 4, 6 and 8. Two men carrying handguns approach the family in a church car park and demanded money before shooting the Major Wise. Major Wise's wife Cindy, who was inside, called police.
Dec 23: US military and civilian truck and off-road vehicle manufacturer, Humvee
producer AM General donates $1 million to The Salvation Army's Christmas appeal
in Indiana. Click here for story
Dec 23: The Salvation Army says the disappearance of 300 new winter coats from its distribution centre in Chesterfield County was not a theft after all. The Army reported the coats missing after they were not in the storage area where they had been kept. Spokesman Jeff Baldwin says volunteers had given the coats to clients. All the coats were donated last year and had been in storage for sale this northern hemisphere winter.
Dec 23: A visit by the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Robin Dunster, to the Australia Southern Territory concluded with the Connecting Forward commissioning weekend. The occasion included the ordination and commissioning of the Prayer Warriors Session of cadets and a special tribute to Retired General Eva Burrows in celebration of her 80th birthday.
Dec 23: General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton Celebrate The Salvation Army's Centenary In Chile
Dec 23: Tina Shelton, a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering in Whittier California, spent the past 12 months finding, picking up and saving pennies and has donated them all to The Salvation Army's Christmas appeal - all 22lb of them. Click
here for the story
Dec 21: The Salvation Army has been forced to put security cameras outside its Family Store in Tamworth to stop people from stealing clothing from bins and putting unwanted rubbish outside its doors, the Northern Daily Leader has reported
Dec 18: The Salvation Army in
the Kansas about $3.5 million short in its goal to raise $7.5 million as part of its annual Red Kettles Christmas appeal
to raise funds to run its services for the next 12 months (In Australia,
the Army's Red Shield appeal does the same thing).
The Army is to launch a secondary campaign - called "Just $5 More" - in an
effort to generate the remainder of the goal.
Dec 17: Nov 17: The Chief Of The Staff, Commissioner Robyn Dunster leads the 125th anniversary celebrations at Ipswich Citadel, in the United Kingdom
Dec 17: Authorities in
Sherwood, Arkansas, are searching for a man they say swiped a Salvation Army donation bucket outside of a Sherwood store.
Police say the man walked out of the Walmart Supercentre, acted as though he was
going to donate money and then grabbed the bucket and ran off. He reportedly
then ran into the parking lot, got into a white, older-model BMW and drove off.
This was another blow to the Army which has raised about $195,000 - about $44,000 less than
at the same span last year.
Dec 15: Some lesbian, gay and transexual groups in America have called for a boycott of The Salvation Army's red kettle fundraising campaign this year because of the church's stand on homosexuality and related issues. Major Jesse Collins of the Milwaukee County Salvation Army said: "Christianity has certain directives from scripture that we follow. While we may not agree with certain lifestyles, we love the sinner; we hate the sin."
A Sheldon Walker said: "You're calling something a sin that's a part of me; like black is a part of me; like height; like wearing glasses. To hate anything is not the message Christ has for us."
For the Salvation Army's positional statement on Human Sexuality (Marriage & Family Life, Sexuality & Singleness, Homosexuality, click
Dec 14: Two thieves have stolen donation kettles full of thousands of dollars in cash from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Salvation Army. The thieves stole 13 kettles full of cash.
Bell Ringing member of The Salvation Army - and some volunteers, including
celebrities - collect donations from the public in the leadup to Christmas, in
front of shops and in malls in large Red Kettles.
Dec 14: Meriden-born Col. Henry Gariepy, 79, has published a book titled
"Christianity in Action: The International History of The Salvation Army", which
traces the organisation's past, from its founding in London's East End in 1865
by one-time Methodist minister William Booth, to its current status as a
international charity heavyweight, with millions of volunteers, around $2
billion in annual donations and a footprint in 118 countries. Click
here for the full story.
Dec 2: In 1974, The Salvation Army entered into a 35-year agreement with the Great Falls Parks and Recreation Department, paying $1 a year for the use of
a city property. The agreement expired in July and the City Commission has just
voted to allow the church to buy the site - for about $500,000. Great Falls is
in Cascade County, in the American state of Montana.
Nov 27: An anonymous donor
dropped a gold coin worth more than $1000 into a Salvation Army collection
kettle in south-central Pennsylvania. Major Lurlene Mudge said the South African
gold Krugerrand was wrapped in a $US1 note.
Nov 13: On the eve of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to former wards of the state for varying alleged abuses and neglect, The Salvation Army and the Catholic Church has come under scrutiny over disappearances of children at the Bayswater Boys' Home they ran in Victoria in the 1940s and 1950s. Mr Rudd is to give
an address in Canberra from 11am on Monday, November 16. A former ward of the state, Rod Braybon,
whose story of years of mistreatment at Boystown has been told in the book Salvation – The True Story of Rod Braybon’s Fight for Justice, has called for Victoria Police to dig up the grounds of former home where bodies of children may be buried and to investigate the books of the organisations who ran the home. The national orphans support group CLAN
also has called on the Victorian Government to hold a royal commission into sexual abuse and deaths of children in state care.
Nov: General Shaw Clifton has appointed Commissioners Barry
and Sue Swanson respectively as Chief of the Staff
and World Secretary for Women’s Ministries. These
appointments take effectg on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Commissioners Swanson are
leaders of the USA Central Territory. Commissioner Barry Swanson is to take over
from Commissioner Robin Dunster who is ro retire after four years as Chief of
the Staff for four years and 40 years as a Salvation Army officer. Commissioner
Sue Swanson takes over from Commissioner Lyn Pearce, who is to retire.
Nov 11: The Salvation Army next year is to get a new Chief of the
Staff. The church's world leader, General Shaw Clifton has announced that
Commissioner Barry Swanson is to take up the position from Saturday, May 1, following
the retirement of Commissioner Robin Dunster. Commissioner Sue Swanson is to
become World Secretary for Women’s Ministries - also from May 1. The
Commissioners Swanson are the leaders of the USA Central Territory Commissioner
Dunster has been Chief of the Staff for four years and an Army officer for 40
years. Commissioner Sue Swanson is to take over from Commissioner Lyn Pearce
who also is to retire.
Nov 9: A device resembling a homemade pipebomb has been found outside a Salvation Army corps thrift store in Wenatchee, west of Seattle in Washington State. Wenatchee police evacuated staff from the building and cordoned off the street for three hours while the bomb squad checked out the device. Staff were evacuated from the building. A Salvation Army employee found the device about 4pm inside a large appliance, such as a washer or dryer, in the area where donations are accepted. Police said the man took the device inside the store, put it under the cash register and called for help. Police said the device included a PVC pipe loaded with nails, a fuse and an M-80 explosive. No notes or letters of demand were found. After the bomb squad pulled the device apart, a technician said no explosive element was found other than parts of an M-80.
Oct 21: Salvation Army represented at World Council of Churches meeting in Switzerland
Oct 21: A Salvation Army professional medical team is treating an average of 200 patients each day in a makeshift medical tent in the Pangang Pariaman sector. In addition, 1000 tents, 2000 blankets and 5000 packets of milk powder were distributed in the first days of the crisis.
Oct 20: The Salvation Army's Salvos Stores launches its 'Furnish With A Conscience' campaign which aims to fire people's imagination and inspire them to take a fresh look at and re-think ways of furnishing their homes - encouraging the merging of the recycled as well as the new – while also helping the community and people in need. Click here for details
Oct 17: Fairtrade in Australia and New Zealand gets behind International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Click here to find out how to support the day.
Oct 16: The Salvation Army in The Philippines is ow extending its emergency relief operations to include the Northern Territories, following the return of Typhoon Pepeng (also known as Parma).
Oct 11-17: Anti-Poverty week. (At least 80 percent of humanity lives on less than $10 a day; More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening; The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income; In Australia, more than 100,000 people are homeless.
Oct 9: Salvation Army teams are working to assist people affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.
Oct 9: The Salvation Army continues its advisory relationship with the World Council of Churches during the Central Committee meeting in Geneva,Switzerland.
Oct: Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the US
Sept 11: Toronto Grace Health Centre Foundation
received its largest donation in the over 100 year history of The Salvation Army
Toronto Grace Health Centre site. The $1..9 million donation will have a
profound impact on the Toronto Grace Health Centre's 119 bed facility and the
medically complex patients it serves. The $1.9 million estate gift by the late
John Irwin reflects the regard in which he held the Grace. "John was a great
supporter of the Grace Health Centre and The Salvation Army," said life-long
friend Alan Irwin. "The Grace was home to both John and his wife Norah in the
final years of their lives, and they were deeply moved by the compassionate care
provided to patients." ...Click here for the story.
Sept 30: Two large earthquakes hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The Salvation Army has sent emergency teams to the city of Padang and surrounding districts to assess what assistance it can give. The Salvation Army is already working on Sumatra and was able to send teams to the affected areas to begin working as part of the emergency relief effort. The first quake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and the second 6.9. The death toll is expected to pass 1000. Indonesia is made up of about 17,000 islands and is one of the world's most active seismic fault lines along the "Ring of Fire".
Sept 29, 2009: Tsunami hits coasts of Samoa and American Samoa. More than 100 confirmed dead. The Salvation Army assessing how it can be involved
Sept 28: The Worst floods in 40 years cover the Philippines in the wake of Tropical Storm Ondoy. Many have died but thousands have been left stranded. The Salvation Army is providing shelter, food, drinking water, blankets and medicine.
Sept 27: Riverview Gardens, The Salvation Army's retirement village at Riverview, on south of Brisbane, celebrated its 50th anniversary on 27 September with a special service and a 50th annivesary cake. Manager Pam Woolgar spoke as did Bundamba corps officer Major Warren Parkinson and Federal Member, Shayne Neumann MP. Mr Neumann also read from Luke 4. A number of residents shared, including Commissioner Alistair Cairns. Chaplain Envoy Thellie Gunder shared and gave the benediction.
Sept 22: The Salvation Army in Indonesia is assisting the local authorities with relief work after an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale hit the island of Java in early September
Sept 19: More than 1000 people visit The Salvation Army's International Headquarters on Saturday 19 September when the building was part of the 'Open House London' event.
Sept 9: The Salvation Army in Taiwan, which has been providing volunteers for the clean-up operation as well as supporting those who have been left homeless and destitute by Typhoon Morakot, is helping supply the needs of schoolchildren so that their return to school after the disruption will be as stress-free as possible.
Aug 23: The Chief of the Staff presides over the launch of a 78-minute documentary DVD charting the history of the early days of The Salvation Army and its founders, William and Catherine Booth, at the Genesis Cinema in the Mile End Road, Whitechapel.
Aug 14: Salvation Army in Taiwan pesponds to Typhoon Morakot helping people who lost their homes and supporting the military as it puts into action a major rescue operation.
Aug 7: General Shaw Clifton attended the United Nations in New York for a constructive and cordial meeting with the Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon.
Jul 17: Countdown to World Youth Convention begins – website launches with one year to go.
July 15: The recent International Conference of Leaders, held in London, culminates in every member of the conference being invited to consider prayerfully a Spiritual Statement.
July 8: General Shaw Clifton delivers the keynote address at The Salvation Army International Conference of Leaders 2009.
July 7: The Salvation Army in Pakistan is providing vital assistance to families forced from their homes by fighting in Pakistan's western border areas.
June 11: General Shaw Clifton calls The Salvation Army to Prayer for the International Conference of Leaders to be held in London from 7-13 July 2009.
May 27: General Clifton calls Salvationists around the world to prayer for peace and prayer for the victims of sex trade trafficking during September.
Apr 17: The Salvation Army announces that General Shaw Clifton has given his approval to the official opening of The Salvation Army in Nepal.
Italian Salvationists offer assistance to the National Civil Guard in wake of L’Aquila earthquake
Mar 10: World Youth Convention to be Held in Sweden in 2010. One thousand young Salvationists from around the world are expected to attend the convention in Stockholm. The gathering, to be led by General Shaw Clifton with Commissioner Helen Clifton, is to run from July 15-18 with the theme "Raised Up".
Feb 18: The Salvation Army sets up a call centre as part of the recovery phase after the Australia bushfires to handle calls from fire-affected people.
Feb 18: The Salvation Army raises $5.5 million nationally in a pbulic appeal public appeal for the people affected by the Australian bushfires. $825,000 has already been released for distribution to the 11 recovery centres in fire-affected areas.
Feb 10: Salvation Army relief teams in Java, Indonesia, are responding to severe flooding in and around the city of Semarang.
225 Salvation Army volunteers in 16 teams worked alongside emergency service crews and devastated communities in Victoria, Australia, to provide chaplaincy support to those assisting with the emergency and to families and individuals in shock from the enormity of the disaster that has killed a record number of people.
Jan 12: General Shaw Clifton calls Salvationists to pray for the Middle East.