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National Doughnut Day is Friday, June 6!

We’re teaming up with Happy Day Donuts in Chesapeake to make this day a treat for everyone! Be on the look out for us! Check out the brochure (with a special surprise!) here.

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Did You Know… When the United States entered World War I, The Salvation Army was ready to assist. The Salvation Army established a War Board and began programs in US Army camps and canteens across the country. Food and beverages were provided for the soldiers, along with books, writing supplies and opportunities for recreation. Overseas, The Salvation Army workers moved with the American Expeditionary Forces across France making doughnuts, pies, cakes and other home-baked goods for the soldiers.

The soldiers were given a home away from home and had the opportunity to sing, read, write letters and attend church services. The Salvation Army doughnut girls would use the limited rations provided and an open stove to make doughnuts for the soldiers. Only 150 doughnuts were made on first day in 1917 but were an immediate success. Soon, as many as 500 soldiers stood in muck outside the resurrected tent waiting for the sweet taste of doughnuts and before long, 9,000 doughnuts were being made daily.

Along the front lines, the doughnuts became a symbol of The Salvation Army’s will to bring a touch of home to the soldiers. A small token of sweetness, it has remained in the public’s mind for many years as a symbol of warm friendship and service to those in need.

Did You Know… The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I.

Did You Know… Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.

Did You Know…The Salvation Army continues to provide doughnuts, as well as other services to clients who visit Salvation Army programs daily.

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The Salvation Army Adjusts Schedules and Services During Snow

Hampton Roads, VA (Tuesday, January 28, 2014) – Due to the impending inclement weather, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command has adjusted schedules and services.

Administrative services located at 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk will close at 3:30PM on Tuesday, January 28.

The HOPE Center shelter located on 19th Street in Norfolk is open for those seeking shelter from the snow and sub-freezing temperatures. The shelter will remain open 24 hours a day until the coldest weather passes in order to keep people safe and warm. Meals will be served three times a day during this time, as well.

Dear Friends,

It is with a wholly, sorrowful heart that I have to share the news of the passing of Joshua Darden.  Josh had struggled recently with post-surgery complications and succumbed to pneumonia last evening.  As you are aware, Josh’s individual commitment and dedication to The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command, and particularly The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, was unparalleled.  He has led the philanthropic community here in Hampton Roads for many years and his support for the mission of The Salvation Army is but one example for all of us to follow.

I ask that you keep Josh’s family in your prayers and Josh’s spirit in your heart.  We have lost a great friend.

May God’s Peace, which passes all understanding, be with you today and always.

Captain Brett R. Meredith
Area Commander, Hampton Roads Area Command

http://hamptonroads.com/2014/01/norfolk-philanthropist-josh-darden-has-died

The Salvation Army Adjusts Schedules and Services During Snow

Hampton Roads, VA (Wednesday, January 22, 2014) – Due to the inclement weather and below freezing temperatures, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command has adjusted schedules and services. Administrative services located at 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk are closed Wednesday, January 22, but will reopen at 9AM on Thursday, January 23.

The HOPE Center shelter located on 19th Street in Norfolk is open for those seeking shelter from the sub-freezing temperatures. The shelter will remain open 24 hours a day until the coldest weather passes in order to keep people safe and warm. Meals will be served three times a day during this time, as well.

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
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Thanks to your ongoing support and generosity, we were able to serve over 5200 families during a week of distribution at our Christmas Depot. That means making Christmas morning brighter for over 11,000 children in Hampton Roads this year!
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Touching lives at Christmastime

The Marines have their own method for distributing bikes at our Christmas Depot and it’s left as a surprise for shoppers. As one mother of two made her way through the distribution center, she was asked if she would like to have a bike for one of her children. When asked if she would prefer for her 10-year-old or 9-year-old, her eyes filled with tears. Her 9-year-old son is currently in the ICU with only one request for Christmas – a brand new bike.

His Christmas wish was granted and she exclaimed how she couldn’t wait to show up to the ICU on Christmas morning with his new shiny bicycle!

It is the spirit of our community that makes the Christmas season bright for so many!
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It’s Not Too Late to Make a Difference in 2013!

When you donate to The Salvation Army red kettle, expect change. Expect homes and hearts to be warmed. Expect empty stomachs and hungry souls to be fed. Expect need and despair to be transformed by hope and joy.

For every dollar donated, 83 cents goes directly to the programs and services here in Hampton Roads that make a difference each day.

There are several simple ways to give to The Salvation Army while remaining assured that your gift is doing the most good. The most common and easiest way to give is online to The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads at SalvationArmyHRVA.org. You can even customize your gift by specifying a location, becoming a monthly sustainer or make a memorial/honor gift.

To make a donation of stock, contact Shana James at 757.438.1405.

Your gift to The Salvation Army will be used now and throughout the year to support services in Hampton Roads. Please respond by December 31 to make your gift tax deductible
for 2013.

Donate today!
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Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Bells are Still Ringing

The Salvation Army Red Kettles Need Your Help

Hampton Roads, VA (December 24, 2013) –  

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Hampton Roads

Not a kettle worker stayed quiet, they were all out in droves

For thousands relied on them and the money they receive

In hopes of brighter futures they wish to achieve.

 

This is the final day for the iconic red kettles that have been displayed throughout the region and The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command is requesting the help of the community to reach this year’s goal.

Each year in Hampton Roads, The Salvation Army displays over 200 kettles across the region to raise funds to support ongoing work. When a volunteer rings a bell, 83 cents of each dollar dropped in a kettle is used to support Salvation Army programs and services in the Hampton Roads community.

In this last push for donations, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command finds it is short of its goal by $60,000. The number of kettle locations has increased slightly this year, providing more opportunities for individuals to give, but the amount per kettle is lower this year.

“Although our visibility is heightened during the holidays, it is important for the community to know that our programs are ongoing throughout the year,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “We aim to provide a hand up to those in need to get them back on their feet and into a productive and fulfilling role in life and the donations we receive through our red kettles help us accomplish that.”

The history of The Salvation Army kettles dates back to 1891 in San Francisco when Captain Joseph McFee was distraught over the growing number of hungry individuals in the city. He placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing that collected money to serve the needy at Christmas. By 1901, the kettle program spread to Boston and New York City, providing funds to feed thousands. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.

In addition to donations at kettle locations, the community can also support The Salvation Army in doing the most good in Hampton Roads by donating to our Online Red Kettle or by calling (757) 543-8100.

THE SALVATION ARMY NEEDS YOUR HELP
TO FEED OVER 1000 THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON…
NOW MORE THAN EVER!


Hampton Roads, VA (November 7, 2013)
– As the economy struggles to recover and unemployment remains high, The Salvation Army is sounding an urgent call to Hampton Roads’ neighbors to respond generously to the needs of the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Army is asking for immediate donations of cash and non-perishable food, to help with meal service during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Salvation Army will be providing Thanksgiving food for thousands and hot meals for more than 1000 people this year through the mobile canteen and at the following location(s) and time(s):

Thanksgiving Day Community Meal: Thursday, November 28 11AM – 2PM
Norfolk Corps Community Center, 5516 Raby Road, Norfolk
Portsmouth Corps Community Center, 2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth
HOPE Men’s Center, 203 West 19th Street, Norfolk

“Through our annual golf tournament and your generous donations, we hope to provide food to those in need in Hampton Roads this Thanksgiving season and throughout the year,” says Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. The number of families finding themselves in desperate financial straits continues to increase in Hampton Roads. The need for compassionate support from the public is more essential than ever.

“We know people have been seriously affected by the deep recession over the past few years, and we are grateful to generous friends who have provided faithful support for those struggling to make ends meet,” says Captain Meredith. “Unfortunately, the need has not decreased, and the level of public support is just not keeping up. It is particularly sad for us to see the growing numbers of families with children who have lost their homes and are now needing our help.”

The economic situation has contributed to the drop in local donations too. In fact, some who have been generous supporters in the past are now coming to our doors in need of help themselves. We currently serve over 1000 individuals through our food pantry each month.

Many struggling individuals feel forgotten and disheartened as they approach the Thanksgiving season, but The Salvation Army believes the community will once again step forward and help those who need it most. “We’ve been doing this work for over 100 years so we’re not going to turn away any deserving neighbor now,” says Captain Meredith. “The Salvation Army plans on doing the most good we can with the gifts we receive to help those in the greatest need in our community. We urge our friends, those whose circumstances will allow, to dig deep this year to spread the spirit of Thanksgiving to those who are facing particularly hard times.

To donate to The Salvation Army, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, 757-543-8100, mail your gift to P.O. Box 388, Norfolk, VA 23501 or make a donation online at www.salvationarmyhrva.org.

It’s the Holiday Season!
The Salvation Army & WVEC-TV 13NewsNow Kick Off the Holidays

Hampton Roads, VA (November 1, 2013) – On Thursday, November 14, The Salvation Army and WVEC-TV 13NewsNow will kick off the 2013 Angel Tree campaign at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach with an official Red Kettle Kickoff. The Angel Tree campaign provides children in need with clothing and other apparel for Christmas. Kettle donations assist local families at the holidays, as well as all year long.

Since 1984, WVEC-TV and The Salvation Army have teamed up to provide clothes to thousands of children in Hampton Roads. In 2012, the Angel Tree campaign provided gifts of clothing to over 16,000 children throughout the region.

“We are grateful for the longstanding partnership with WVEC and the many people in Hampton Roads who support us by taking an Angel Tree tag home. It is truly all about neighbors helping neighbors!” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command.

Angel Tree is an opportunity for the public to “adopt an angel” for Christmas. Individuals should purchase at least two clothing items for their “angel” and return them unwrapped to the location where they picked-up the tag by Friday, December 6. Christmas Assistance distribution begins on Saturday, December 14 and concludes on Saturday, December 21. Applications for Christmas Assistance were mailed to elementary schools, accepted during The Write Stuff back to school distribution and during various days in October. A new revised application schedule has been extended through November 15.

Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Lt. Colonels Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time. The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels. They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to Lt. Cols. White, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.

Each year in Hampton Roads, The Salvation Army displays over 150 kettles across the region to raise funds to support ongoing work. When a volunteer rings a bell, 83 cents of each dollar dropped in a kettle is used to support Salvation Army programs and services in the Hampton Roads community.

The history of The Salvation Army kettles dates back to 1891 in San Francisco when Captain Joseph McFee was distraught over the growing number of hungry individuals in the city. He placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing that collected money to serve the needy at Christmas. By 1901, the kettle program spread to Boston and New York City, providing funds to feed thousands. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.

The Salvation Army is grateful for the ongoing support from our partners at WVEC, The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund, Marine Corps Toys for Tots and Operation Blessing who make our Christmas program a success.

To support The Salvation Army in doing the most good in Hampton Roads, please visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org or call (757) 543-8100.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to SalvationArmyHRVA.org.

Continuing Christmas Applications
Application Enrollment Through November 15th


Hampton Roads, VA (October 25, 2013)
– Officially two months from Christmas and The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command is working hard to spread good cheer! The Salvation Army will continue accepting Christmas assistance applications through mid-November.

Applications will be taken in person at the Hampton Roads Area Command Administrative Office located at 5525 Raby Road in Norfolk:
10AM – 2PM:
Wednesday, October 30
Friday, November 1
Monday, November 4
Wednesday, November 6
Monday, November 11
Wednesday, November 13

4PM – 7:30PM:

Wednesday, October 30
Tuesday, November 5
Thursday, November 7
Tuesday, November 12
Thursday, November 14

Applications will be taken at the Norfolk Corps located at 5516 Raby Road in Norfolk:
11AM – 3PM:
Saturday, November 9

Applications will also be accepted in person at the Portsmouth Corps located at 2306 Airline Boulevard:
9:30AM – 3:30PM:
Friday, November 15

“We want to make sure Christmas is special for children in Hampton Roads,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “We want to make sure those in need have an opportunity to get applications in and felt it was important to extend our timeframe to better serve our community.”

The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program for qualifying families will begin distribution on Saturday, December 14 and end on Saturday, December 21. During distribution, The Salvation Army will see roughly 1200 guests a day seeking toys, clothing and food. Christmas distribution is made possible through great partnerships with The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund, United States Marines Toys for Tots, Operation Blessing and WVEC-TV 13News.
Additional information available: http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/hrva/programs/christmas-assistance/