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Students Awarded Back-to-School Shopping Spree from Target and The Salvation Army

On Tuesday, July 16, more than 60 local students in need will have the opportunity to visit a Target store to purchase school supplies, clothing and other must-have necessities just in time for back-to-school. The Salvation Army and Target are helping 64 K-12 students across Hampton Roads gear up for the upcoming academic year with the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $81 Target GiftCard to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Additionally, each child will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.

Since 2009, Target has sponsored Target School Sprees to help prepare children for the first day of school. As part the Target School Spree program, Target has awarded The Salvation Army nationwide $1 million to cover Target GiftCards and transportation costs. . Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the Target School Spree event between July 15 and August 15 in select regions across the country. Each $81 Target GiftCard awarded as part of the program will provide a child with the necessary supplies to go back to school in the fall, ready to learn. Through programs like the Target School Sprees, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,832 stores – 1,784 in the United States and 48 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

The Salvation Army’s New Summer Day Camp

How can our community’s youth escape the heat this summer while also forging lasting friendships, developing leadership skills and building character? The Salvation Army has the answer with a new summer day camp program.

“We are pleased and excited to offer several new programs, including Summer Day Camp for children in Norfolk,” says Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army.

A safe and fun environment will welcome children ages five through twelve each weekday, where they will be challenged with team oriented recreational activities, as well as explore the world of arts and education through dynamic learning experiences. Each month, activities will be planned around a central theme that will incorporate varied and creative learning styles, including guest speakers on topics of interest, community service projects, video and visual presentations, and hands-on learning opportunities.

Captain Meredith adds, “Children will learn, play and grow in character as they are taught important lessons that often go beyond what’s in a book.”

Thousands of children benefit from The Salvation Army’s residential overnight camps annually and now more children can experience a safe and loving environment each day, without leaving home for the summer.

For $80 a week, each child will explore and develop through worship and fun activities while staying off the streets and out of the summer heat. A nutritional lunch is also provided. Camp takes place Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Parent orientations will be held Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30pm and Wednesday, June 19 at 3pm at The Salvation Army Administration Building (5525 Raby Road, Norfolk).

Registration forms are available at 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502. Scholarships are offered based on need and will require a separate application, which is available by request.

For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided America’s youth a chance to experience educational enrichment, life skills development, and spiritual and physical wellness. Such experiences allow at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures for themselves and their families.

Host a Drive for Summer Items

On Thursday, May 16th, The Salvation Army will host an event for the homeless community at the Men’s Hope Center Shelter in downtown Norfolk. During the event The Salvation Army will provide food and toiletry items to homeless men and women to help combat the rising temperatures the summer months bring.

However, we need your help and support to provide the homeless men and women in our community with these items. We’re reaching out to ask if you can host a drive in your office, school, or church for items such as sunscreen, reusable water bottles, travel size detergent, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, razors, etc. These items will be extremely helpful for the homeless community.

Gifts or non-perishable food items are also appreciated and will help in providing the meal on May 16 to the men and women attending the event.

These items will need to be received at 5525 Raby Road in Norfolk by Monday, May 13. Please contact Nicole Pellegrino at nicole_pellegrino@uss.salvationarmy.org or 543-8100 x117 with inquiries.

National Salvation Army Week is May 13-19

May 13-19 The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads and across America will celebrate National Salvation Army Week as first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.

On Thursday, May 16th, The Salvation Army will host an event for the homeless community at the Men’s Hope Center Shelter in downtown Norfolk. During the event The Salvation Army will provide food and toiletry items to homeless men and women to help combat the rising temperatures the summer months bring.

Also on May 16, The Salvation Army will announce the opening of a Men’s Transitional Housing program to be housed at the Men’s Hope Center Shelter. The 12 bed wing of the shelter will offer men the opportunity to stay up to 90 days, requiring them to obtain full-time employment, participate in case management, life skills training, substance abuse counseling, and financial management. The purpose of the program is to fill the gap between emergency shelter and permanent housing and is expected to serve nearly 50 men annually.

In 2012, The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command served more than 1,500 individuals through the Men’s Hope Center Shelter and more than 21,000 individuals through all social services programs while providing Christmas assistance to more than 42,500 individuals. Nationally, The Salvation Army served more than 30 million Americans in 2012.

During National Salvation Army week, The Salvation Army will continue its outreach to the Lexington Park community of Norfolk on Saturday, May 18. Beginning at 11 AM The Salvation Army will assist in cleaning up the neighborhood, serve meals from the mobile kitchen, offer games and activities for local youth, and offer prayer and ministry to the community.

During his presidency, Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

Hampton Roads Children Need Community’s Help Getting to Summer Camp

Hiking in the woods, making crafts, singing songs by the campfire − some of our fondest childhood memories come from summer camp but for at-risk children in Hampton Roads, these simple joys seem unattainable. These children instead spend their summer’s wandering the streets or hanging out with other idle kids, too often a recipe for trouble.

The Salvation Army can help struggling local families avoid this outcome for their children. Last year in the United States, thousands of children attended some 48 Salvation Army residential camps. “It’s an experience not to be missed,” says Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “Time spent at camp can be a life-changing experience for kids. It can instill feelings of self-worth, open up the world and offer hope for the future.”

Captain Meredith reports that last summer the citizens of Hampton Roads gave the precious gift of camp to 100 local children, some of whom had never in their lives experienced being in a safe, loving environment 24 hours a day. Through these donations, underprivileged Hampton Roads children enjoyed weeklong camps where they played sports, swam, explored the outdoors and made crafts. And beyond the recreation, with the help of trained counselors they learned how to live together with a diverse group of neighbors, dealing with the troubling issues and concerns that challenge them in their daily lives.

The Salvation Army is currently seeking sponsorship for 200 children for summer camp 2013. “School will be ending soon,” Captain Meredith points out. “There are lots of spots left and not enough money to fill them. I pray the community will come through for these deserving kids. For many of them, it’s the highlight of the whole year.”

Beginning in June, The Salvation Army hosts fun, educational, and enriching youth summer camps at Camp Happyland in Richardsville, VA. Donor support makes it possible for families to send their children to these camps for a cost of just $50 to the family.

To donate to The Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, mail your gifts to PO Box 388, Norfolk, VA 23501, or make a donation online at SalvationArmyHRVA.org/Camp.

“We are so grateful to our friends who sponsored these children,” Captain Meredith says. “What a difference their generosity makes in these children’s lives. The kids get to interact with caring adults who listen to them and show them love and concern. Our campers not only enjoy nutritious meals and explore the great outdoors; they learn important new life-skills and positive self image that will stand them in good stead for their future.”

Lack of Donations at Salvation Army Stores Results in Fewer Services

The $7.1 million program that is The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center is struggling to serve the 118 men enrolled in the six month residential program due to a significant drop in donations of clothing, furniture, and other used goods.

The 118 bed facility on Virginia Beach Blvd in Virginia Beach uses the funds earned from sales in Adult RehabilitationSalvation Army Family Stores to repair the broken lives of men suffering from addiction and substance abuse, however due to a 20% drop in donations men working in the stores have had hours cut and new enrollees in the program will be limited.

“Normally we do 125 pickups of donated goods a day, we’re down to 90 now,” said Major Dewey Alderson, Administrator of the Adult Rehabilitation Center. “A slow March put us back almost $45,000; that’s utilities, meals, and programming and preventing us from serving at maximum capacity and helping men overcome addiction and reunite with their families.”

The Adult Rehabilitation Center uses the Gospel, in conjunction with work in the Family Stores, to teach program participants useful tools in their fight against addiction. Training in warehouse operations, retail store management, team cooperation, determination, and productivity help participants prepare for life after treatment. Individual and group counseling assist with character formation and life skills. Spiritual direction helps the beneficiaries embrace the practical application of the Christian faith as a lifestyle and encourages them to become established in a church community of their choice.

“Now that Spring has sprung in Hampton Roads, this is a great time to visit the Family Stores for either a new wardrobe or to make a donation,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “Items sitting idle in closets and garages across Hampton Roads can be picked up by Family Store personnel and put to good use in Family Stores to repair broken lives.”

Hampton Roads residents doing Spring cleaning, and wishing to support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center, can call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) or visit one of the five Family Stores in Hampton Roads:

  • 5524 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach
  • 2093A General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach
  • 1136 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach
  • 901 Eden Way, Chesapeake
  • 157 West Washington Street, Suffolk

Kroc Center Topping Out Event

The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command will host a “Topping Out” of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on Wednesday, February 20 at Noon. The event will take place at the construction site, intersection of Ballentine Blvd and Princess Anne Rd in Norfolk, and will give donors to the campaign and other special guests and opportunity to sign the final pieces of steel that will then support the roof of the Kroc Center.

A barbeque lunch and short program will precede a tour of the construction site and signing of the beam.

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Kroc Aerial View 2.6

Click here to see live cameras from the construction site

The 92,000 square foot Kroc Center, in the Broad Creek community in Norfolk has been an eight year process and within the last eight months the steel has been on the land and the facility begun to take shape. In the chapel crews are putting in the studs and sheathing, roofing work will start soon and will begin with the chapel area. The galvanized steel that will display the cross is up and the concrete in the lobby area has been poured as well. Studs and sheathing are going up in the fitness area, the entire joist system for the gymnasium went up recently and crews are working on the first floor locker rooms and second floor aerobics rooms and running track.

Footings for the pool have been set, steel and concrete will soon be going into the pool area and the waterpark will really begin to take shape.

The $28 million endowment campaign still remains active with an additional $2.5 million left to raise to fully endow the program.

Salvation Army Sees 77% Participation Rate Through 3 Days of Christmas Distribution

The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command has completed three days of Christmas distribution from its Christmas Depot at 4725 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach and served a total of 3,268 families over those three days, more than 9,400 are scheduled.

This year, thanks to the generous support of the Hampton Roads community, The Salvation Army is poised to serve more than 55,000 individuals across Hampton Roads during the Christmas season. The Christmas Depot, 4725 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, will serve 1,200 to 1,300 families a day seeking toys, clothing, and food.

Through the three days a of Christmas distribution to qualified and approved residents of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth, 13,029 individuals have been served. In 2011, a total of 29,864 individuals in those four cities received the benefits of Christmas assistance. Gifts of new clothing and toys are still being accepted at the Christmas Depot in Virginia Beach.

Through its partnerships with Mini Price Storage, the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and The Virginian Pilot Joy Fund, and WVEC-TV 13News, The Salvation Army is able to provide more than 20,000 southside children with toys this Christmas and more than 9,400 families with food. The Salvation Army’s partnership with WVEC-TV 13 on Angel Tree tags will provide many of the region’s 30,000 registered children with clothes this Christmas.

Through the three days of distribution to families in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth, the participation rate of registered families has been 77%. Families having missed their appointments over the three days have been fit-in to the distribution process and will continue to be fit-in as time and resources allow.

On the southside, distribution to registered families will run through Monday, December 17 from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of closing at Noon at the final day and being closed on Sunday, December 16. On the peninsula, The Salvation Army will begin distribution on Monday, December 17 and conclude Friday, December 21 from its warehouse at 439 Oriana Road in Newport News.

The Salvation Army Prepares to Launch Annual Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army is preparing to launch its annual Red Kettle campaign for Christmas 2012, displaying the iconic Red Kettles at stores and businesses across Hampton Roads from November 8 through December 24.

During the Christmas 2011 Red Kettle campaign, bell ringers across the country raised a record $147.6 million for The Salvation Army. In Hampton Roads, more than $391,700.00 was dropped in the kettles from early-November through Christmas Eve in support of The Salvation Army’s local programs and services.

“This year it is more important than ever that we remember our neighbors in need as we pass by the Red Kettle,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army. “We cannot continue to provide services at the level we have been providing them without your help.”

Volunteer support is crucial to the campaign’s success. The Salvation Army often has to pay individuals to ring bells at the kettles. When a volunteer rings a bell, 88 cents of every dollar dropped in a kettle is used to serve those in need.

“We want volunteers to serve at Red Kettle locations all over the area and we appreciate our local partners who invite us to ring year after year,” said Captain Meredith.

Those interested in <a href="volunteering can visit SalvationArmyHRVA.org to select a date, time and location and sign-up online.

The Salvation Army will also offer a mobile giving opportunity. The mobile component gives mobile users the ability to donate $5 via their mobile bill by texting SALHR to 80888 to and responding to the confirmation message with the word YES. Standard message and data rates may apply.

Funds raised in the early part of the Red Kettle campaign will assist in supporting The Salvation Army’s re-established Thanksgiving Day community meal. The Thanksgiving Day community meal will be served from 10 AM to 1 PM at three locations, The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps (2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth), The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center (203 West 19th Street, Norfolk), and The Salvation Army Norfolk Corps (5516 Raby Road, Norfolk). A thanksgiving meal will also be served from the mobile kitchen at locations in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth.

The Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 when a Salvation Army officer set up a large pot at the foot of Market St. in San Francisco, CA to collect money for the poor, by 1895 the campaign had spread to 30 cities across the country. The Salvation Army has been serving Hampton Roads since 1905.

The Salvation Army of Virginia and DC Begins Sandy Related Response Work

Hampton Roads, VA (October 29, 2012) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) in Virginia and Washington, DC has begun its work in response to the early effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads began response relief on Saturday evening providing shelter for 63 individuals. Since opening on Saturday evening, the shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits. On Sunday evening, 71 people, 68 men and 3 women, found shelter at the Men’s Hope Center in Norfolk. The Salvation Army office will continue nonstop shelter services until the threat of harm from storm conditions clears and normal city and government services reopen.

Upon Sandy passing through the Hampton Roads region, The Salvation Army will work with local municipalities and other organizations to dispatch mobile feeding units, volunteers and resources to the accessible areas of greatest need.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Irene, please visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, http://www.facebook.com/salarmyhr or http://twitter.com/salarmyhr.

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