The Salvation Army Cans & Fans and Bottled Water Drive For Those in Need

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May 19, 2017 (AUGUSTA, GA) –The Salvation Army’s annual Cans, Fans & Bottled Water Drive will be taking place this Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Employees and volunteers of the Salvation Army will be stationed in front of the North Augusta Wal-Mart accepting donations of canned food, electric fans and bottled water.

All donations will be given to local families in Augusta who are in need of these items. Augusta faces extreme heat during the summer months and these donations will be used to help families stay cool and hydrated.

“No one enjoys suffering through oppressing Augusta summers,” said Captain Philip Canning, The Salvation Army Area Commander, “We are excited to partner with Wal-Mart again to bring relief to so many people with the support of our local community and Wal-Mart customers; together we’ll make a difference this summer.”

Donations are accepted at:

· Walmart, 1201 Knox, Avenue, North Augusta, SC from 10AM – 4PM

Donations are also accepted at Salvation Army locations including:

· Kroc Center, 1833 Broad Street, Augusta, GA

· Family Store, 3362 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, GA

· Family Store, 1751 Knox Ave., North Augusta, SC

· Family Store, 910 Augusta Hwy., Thomson, GA

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Salvation Army prepares to help the homeless Thanksgiving Day

AUGUSTA, GA (November 21, 2016) – This Thursday, families will come together around the dinner table for turkey, dressing, and a lot of secret family recipes. But some won’t be able to afford a big Thanksgiving feast, so places like The Salvation Army will step up to help.

When it comes to serving, Lannice Fryer does it in more ways than one.

“In whatever way we needed to assist them is what we did,” said Fryer.

And that’s what he does every day as the lead cook at The Salvation Army.

“Actually, we’re busy every day,” said Fryer.

Also busy preparing to cook eighteen turkeys on Thanksgiving Day.

“Starting at about 3:30 in the morning, and then I’ll be here until about 7 that evening,” said Fryer.

But, it doesn’t stop there.

“The work doesn’t stop. We continue 365 days a year here,” said Major Shirley Suarez, Director of Social Services.

300 meals a day. 365 days a year, and they’re still recovering from the last disaster when Hurricane Matthew brought thousands of evacuees to Augusta.

“When the hurricane comes, that’s just one thing you kind of have to just jump in, and you help where you need to help,” said Major Suarez.

“It always impacts everybody because we all are one unit,” said Fryer.

A unit that serves more than 7,000 meals a month. 1,600 people last month alone. It’s a number that continues to rise as the temperature falls.

“We see more people coming in, more people that want a hot meal, want something to kind of get the chill off,” said Major Suarez.

“But, we need volunteers every day. All year round,” said Fryer.

Serving a mission that never ends as they face challenge after challenge.

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Augusta University wins team competition for Salvation Army

augusta-university-bell-ringing-competitionAUGUSTA, GA (November 15, 2016) – The Salvation Army raised nearly $2,000 in its first day of the Red Kettle campaign.

The Salvation Army began its annual fundraiser with a team spirit competition. On Friday, volunteers representing Augusta University, University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University and the Marines set up kettles and rang their bells at the Washington Road Kroger in Augusta to see which team could raise the most money in a seven-hour window.

Although the UGA team had been the reigning champ for the past six years, a new winner emerged this year. According to a news release, AU raised $1,074, more than half of the total $1,903.58 raised.

 “We appreciate the generosity of the community at the kickoff,” Area Commander Philip Canning said. “We are off to a great start to our annual Christmas campaigns.”
 This year’s local goal is $250,000. By now bells are ringing outside of shopping centers and large retail stores throughout Augusta and surrounding areas. Bells will continue ringing Mondays through Saturdays through Christmas Eve. Money raised in the kettles assists with local Salvation Army programs throughout the year.

Friday was also the kickoff for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which provides gifts and clothing to about 700 children who might otherwise go without on Christmas. Those who are interested can choose an “angel” from a tree, purchase items for the child based on the information on the card and then return the item to a drop-off location by Dec. 2. Angels will be available the Augusta Mall near Santa, the Kroc Center, Subway locations or by contacting the Salvation Army at (706) 922-8330.

To sign up to be a bell ringer, call (706) 434-3185.

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Salvation Army begins annual Red Kettle campaign

kettleAUGUSTA, GA (November 12, 2016) – Bell ringing is synonymous with the holidays, and on Friday those bells officially started ringing.

“This is a profound Christmas experience,” said Rick Jubeck, who was one of the first bell ringers at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff event Friday. “For anyone who rings a bell at Christmas, every other Christmas will never be the same unless you ring a bell.”

Every year from just before Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, “bell ringers” sign up to stand next to a red kettle outside stores or shopping centers and ring a bell. The kettles collect funds that the Salvation Army uses throughout the year to support local programs.

This year, the local goal is $250,000.

Just as traditional as the campaign is the kickoff, which is more of a competition by college alumni. At the kickoff held at Kroger at 2801 Washington Road, supporters from Georgia Southern University, Augusta University, the University of Georgia and the Marines set up separate tents and kettles to raise the most money during the next seven hours.

Last year, the UGA tent got the coveted Kettle Kickoff Trophy.

Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, a Georgia Southern alum who now lives in the Augusta area, comes for the kickoff every year and said the ringers get pretty competitive and occasionally trash talk.

“If you’ve never done this, you need to because it’s a hoot,” she said as she steadily rang the bell while decked out in her school’s blue and gold.

Former Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver rang for UGA even though he is also a former AU student.

“I look forward to this every year,” he said. “It’s about giving back.”

Starting today, ringers and kettles will begin appearing throughout the greater Augusta area including Aiken, Columbia and Burke counties.

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More than 3K Flip Flops Donated to The Salvation Army of Augusta

Augusta, GA (WRDW/WAGT) — The Salvation Army has received more than three thousand flip flops to make sure homeless men, women, and children didn’t have to walk around barefoot.

During the summer months, pavement gets hot so homeless people need shoes more than ever. The Salvation Army has said the response from the public was so overwhelming that the have enough flip flops for possibly the next couple years.

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Augusta Kroc Center Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

Augusta, GA (August 3, 2016) – Five years ago this week, Salvation Army Augusta unveiled its brand-new, state-of-the-art Kroc Center. Built from funds donated by Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, as well as those raised by the community, people in the area had a difficult time wrapping their heads around what the $35 million, 100,000-square-foot facility was supposed to be.

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Augusta Salvation Army Shelter at an “All-Time High” as Temperatures Rise

This past weekend welcomed temperatures in the triples digits, causing lots of Augusta’s homeless population to look for a place to escape the heat.

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Salvation Army of Augusta Gets New Area Commanders

Capts. Philip and Elaine Canning came on board last week as the area commanders for the local chapter.
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Beat the Heat Ride

Augusta, GA bikers revved up their engines for the annual “beat the heat” ride for families in need. Read more…

Salvation Army Store Opens in North Augusta

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The Salvation Army of Augusta celebrated the grand opening of its new Family Store in North Augusta with a ribbon cutting on Friday. The new 10,000 square foot store is located at 1751 Knox Ave. in North Augusta, SC. Proceeds from sales in the new store will be used to fund programs that help people in the Augusta community. Read More.