Victoria – A Salvation Army Success Story

At The Salvation Army of Georgia every day is about Christmas, because the programs and services we offer are provided in part by the generous Christmas-time donations from Georgians all across our state.

The Salvation Army Red Kettles provide toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. That’s why the bells never stop ringing, because the coins and dollars dropped in a Salvation Army Red Kettle will feed, clothe, house, uplift, relieve and support those individuals and families in need throughout Georgia all year long.

Victoria was one of those individuals helped by generous donors through The Salvation Army. After serving her prison sentence of 6 years, Victoria found herself living on the streets of Brunswick, GA. For 7 months, she wandered around feeling helpless, confused, and alone – unsure of how to start rebuilding her life and make ends meet while navigating the unknown waters of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With nowhere to go and no support system to guide her, she became anxious and her future looked bleak. The daily struggle to find basic necessities became even more challenging as the pandemic caused generous city-goers to quarantine inside and food establishments to close. The fear and uncertainty of this unprecedented time added to her already stressful situation made her feel cornered and hopeless.

Just as her perseverance was about to run out, she learned of a Salvation Army shelter – a shelter that was open to anyone. This particular shelter differed from the others, as the people seeking its refuge from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic did not need to be Salvation Army clients to stay. Victoria was immediately drawn to the shelter because of its close proximity, ease of admission, and welcoming spirit – it looked like a second chance.

The shelter refueled her hope, nourished her body and soul, and inspired her to continue pushing forward. After her 3-week stay there, she decided to become an official Salvation Army client and transfer to the original Salvation Army Homeless shelter in Brunswick to begin the free, 90-day program centered around self-sustainability.

Through this program, Victoria was able to secure personal shelter, take classes on budgeting and other crucial life skills, and obtain a stable job as a warehouse worker on Saint Simons Island. She successfully graduated from the shelter’s program, created a solid foundation for her life, and fostered many meaningful relationships along the way. Because of her new skill sets and support systems, she no longer feels lonely, scared, or off track.

Victoria often comes back to visit the shelter’s staff and clients – people who she now describes to be lifelong friends. In one of her most recent visits, she shared the exciting news that she had reconnected with an old friend after leaving the shelter’s program – a friend in which she had fallen in love with and decided to marry.

A stable job, happy marriage, and fulfilling life didn’t seem feasible just a few months ago for her, but with the assistance and support of The Salvation Army, Victoria has made it a reality.

Victoria’s success was made possible only by generous donors to The Salvation Army and for that, we offer a warm, year-round “Thank you!”

To learn more about the programs and services provided by generous donors, through The Salvation Army, visit www.SalvationArmyGeorgia.org.

Salvation Army hands out over 500 bags of gifts to families in need in Troup County

LaGRANGE, Ga. (WRBL) – The Salvation Army held their annual Angel Tree program in LaGrange on Dec. 14-15, 2021. With the help of many donations, they gifted many families in Troup County with Christmas gifts for their children.

Lisa Martin, the Troup County Service Center Director, said the Angel Tree program has been taking place in Troup County for at least three years. The Salvation Army typically distributes gifts to both West Point and LaGrange.

“This is one of the best things of the job, is this time of year when we’re helping all the kids who just otherwise would not have had Christmas,” said Martin.

The Salvation Army reaches out to many churches, organizations like KIA and the Walmart Distribution Center to receive donations for the program. This year, over 500 bags of gifts were given out to families in Troup County.

Parents must complete an application online describing their child’s wants and needs in order to be eligible to receive gifts. If approved, they receive a day and time to pick up the gifts for their children.

Martin said she received help from volunteers like Troup High School students and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office to organize all the donations and distribute the gifts to families at the time of their appointments.

Joy Burnham, the Office Manager at the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, has been volunteering for the Angel Tree program for four years. She said her favorite part is seeing the joy on people’s faces when they are handed the gifts.

“I’m just happy that our community can do stuff like this because it’s just filling to know that we live in a city that can help people,” said Burnham.

Any gifts not distributed to Troup County families this year will be donated to victims of the Kentucky tornadoes or to families in Meriwether County.

Community Turns Out For Can-A-Thon

ATLANTA, GA (December 9, 2021) – While the number of people in the United States described as “food insecure” has risen dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, hopes its annual Can-A-Thon will make a difference.

Major Bob Parker, Southern Territory Area Commander for Metro Atlanta, said more than 800,000 people were desperately in need of food supplies in Atlanta and North Georgia.

“Food insecurity has been with us for a long time [but] it’s certainly increased during the time of the pandemic,” he said. “What we’ve found is families and individuals have been faced for the first time with some really tough decisions – to put food on the table, to pay rent or utility payments or, for seniors, to buy medicine.”

He said the Army’s 39th annual Can-A-Thon was launched on 3 December at three locations around the city with the aim of stocking the 13 food pantries it runs in the metropolitan area. It is run in partnership with online television channel 11Alive and Publix supermarkets. The Army had hoped the public would donate around 200,000 cans of non-perishable food, but the figure was more than 297,000 at the end of the day.

Bob said the Army had served more meals across the US to struggling families and individuals in the first six months of this year than it served in 12 months last year. “In Atlanta in the first six months of this year, we served over 156,000 meals and [delivered] about 16,000 food boxes to families.”

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott on kettle hop: ‘It’s the perfect celebration’

iARLINGTON, TX (December 19, 2016) – Ezekiel Elliott won’t soon forget his franchise-record-setting 13th rushing touchdown of his rookie season.

Neither will anybody else given how much it will be replayed in the future.

The Dallas Cowboys running back celebrated by jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle in the end zone during the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quickly hiding from everybody before popping out.

After conferring, the officials threw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, so Elliott didn’t hide that much. But the NFL announced Monday morning that Elliott would not be fined for the celebration.

“I mean it’s just sitting there right in the end zone, you know. It’s the perfect celebration,” Elliot said after the game. “They’re one of our biggest partners, so I had to show them a little bit of love.”

He tweeted Monday that he still planned to make a donation to the Salvation Army.

Elliott’s score broke Tony Dorsett’s team record for most touchdown runs by a rookie in Dallas history. The 2-yard run on third-and-goal gave the Cowboys a 10-3 lead in the second quarter.

If the Cowboys were upset with the penalty, they didn’t show it. Management allowed the celebration to be shown on the center-hung digital board before the ensuing kickoff. They were made even happier after the Buccaneers’ next drive started at their 22 and the Dallas defense forced the Bucs into a three-and-out.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also seemed fine with the rookie rusher’s celebration.

“I think the Salvation Army should give him the highest award,” Jones said after the game. “My dream would be for the NFL to really fine me a lot of money and I’ll take them to the Supreme Court and we’ll get the Salvation Army more attention than anybody can get them. So let’s go.”

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant didn’t see an issue with the celebration, saying “Why not let it be legal? We’re just having fun. Let’s not make it the No Fun League.”

Asked if he would hop into the kettle again, Elliott said it was a one-time gesture.

“No, [Cowboys coach Jason Garrett] wasn’t happy about it with the penalty for special teams,” Elliott said. “Him or the special-teams coach wasn’t happy, so I can’t keep making them mad.”

Garrett explained his reasoning for dampening the celebratory mood.

“Well, he shouldn’t have done it. I thought it was creative, but he shouldn’t have done it,” Garrett said. “You know that’s how the league is going to rule on those things.

“You have to understand what’s legal and what’s not legal. You can jump into the stands in Green Bay, but you can’t jump into a Salvation Army bucket in Dallas. You’ve got to be careful about snow angels. All of these different things that we do. So we have to be more mindful of that. I’ve got to coach that better.”

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Project SHARE continues tradition of neighbors helping neighbors this holiday season

project-share-verticalATLANTA, GA (November 23, 2016) – Georgia Power is inviting customers to join the company and The Salvation Army to make a difference this holiday season through the longstanding Project SHARE initiative. Project SHARE, established in partnership with The Salvation Army in 1985, was one of the first fuel funds in America and provides assistance for expenses, such as utility bills, housing, food and medical necessities. By donating as little as a dollar through their Georgia Power bill payment, customers can provide meaningful, localized assistance for a neighbor in need with donated funds staying in the same community. More than one million Georgians have received assistance from the program over the past 30 years.

“Project SHARE grew from our commitment to developing customer-focused programs that can make an impact and is fueled by our customers’ generosity and desire to help their neighbors,” said Louise Scott, vice president of customer service for Georgia Power. “Thanks to our long-standing partnership with The Salvation Army, Project SHARE continues to be one of our most successful charitable programs in communities in every part of the state.”

“Through Project SHARE, The Salvation Army reaches thousands of Georgians in crisis every year. A sick family member, a lost job, or other serious challenges often make it difficult to maintain a safe and secure home,” said Major Charles Powell, divisional commander of The Salvation Army of Georgia. “With the generous support of Georgia Power and thousands of their concerned customers, The Salvation Army is able to intervene and provide stability and security for many such households. We are sincerely grateful for this outstanding partnership and the real difference it makes for people in need across our state.”

Program Has Broad Impact
Since Project SHARE’s inception, approximately 363,000 households throughout the state have received assistance with more than $67 million contributed to the program by Georgia Power and its customers. Last year, more than 36,000 Georgia Power customers donated to the program leading to a total contribution, including Georgia Power’s match, of more than $2.3 million.

Donate to Project SHARE
Although Georgia Power’s support of the program continues throughout the year, the company highlights the work of Project SHARE annually on December and January Georgia Power bills. By enrolling in the program, customers have the option to make an automatic monthly donation of $1, $2, $5 or $10 simply by adding the amount to their bill payment. Georgia Power then matches the donation, dollar for dollar.

Georgians can also make a one-time donation directly to Project SHARE through The Salvation Army by calling (800) 257-4273 or visiting www.salvationarmygeorgia.org. To learn more about Project SHARE, or to support the program with Georgia Power today, visit www.georgiapower.com/projectshare.

About Georgia Power:
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).

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Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign kicks off Sat.

marietta-kettle-kick-offMARIETTA, GA (November 10, 2016) – It’s as much a part of the holiday season as trimming the tree, wrapping gifts and sitting on Santa’s lap. The Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser relies on those hustling and bustling in and out of stores at Christmastime to drop a few coins in the bucket and make Christmas merrier for the less fortunate.

The Cobb County version of the drive kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday on Marietta Square. The special event heralds the launch of the annual drive that this year has a goal of $300,000. Last year, kettle collections topped $260,000.

So who are the kettle collectors? According to the Salvation Army’s Capt. Chris Powell, “We have a mixture of volunteers from throughout Cobb from various civic clubs, schools and organizations. We also hire people in search of work — homeless, people out of work, etc. — to help with the manning of the kettles. By hiring these people, we are also taking care of the needs of people that would otherwise go without during this season.”

The SA has planned a jam-packed hour Saturday designed to entertain and inspire. There’s nothing wrong with getting some holiday spirit — even if it is a couple weeks before Thanksgiving.

Here’s some of what the audience can expect: Welcome by David Nutt, chair, Salvation Army Advisory Board. Emcee will be Donna Lowry, former Atlanta TV education reporter and now Cobb Schools communications director. Marietta High School ROTC will present the colors, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds will serve as the 2016 Red Kettle honorary chairperson. Music intersperses the agenda with performances by the Strand Theatre, Whitefield Academy Performing Arts department, Big Chicken Chorus and the Salvation Army Brass Quintet. Kiwanis Club of Marietta Justin O’Dell and East Cobb Rotary President Sam Pierce will be there, as will Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee.

Several agencies rely on holiday generosity to fill their coffers. Nate Nielsen, senior pastor of Town Center Community Church and member of the Salvation Army advisory board, says there are many reasons people drop cash into the kettle: “ … 82 percent of all the money we raise stays in Cobb County to benefit people in Cobb County by providing food, social services, financial assistance, jobs, etc. By providing afterschool care for Cobb County children and a place of growth through youth and adult programs, the Salvation Army seeks to “do the most good.”

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Starbucks and The Salvation Army Kick Off 2nd Annual School Supply Drive

STARBUCKS-TSA-POSTER-FINAL-2016Atlanta, GA (July 11, 2016)– Starbucks and The Salvation Army in Metro Atlanta are partnering to help provide local students with much needed school supplies during their 2016 “Back 2 School Supply Drive” campaign. The campaign will serve families in need by helping kids from across Atlanta gear up for a successful academic year while also easing the high cost of school supplies for parents.

Supporters are asked to help by dropping off new school supplies including backpacks, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers and hand sanitizer at a participating Atlanta area Starbucks location through July 29.

“We want to thank Starbucks for once again helping us provide children with the essential supplies needed for success in the classroom,” says Metro Atlanta Area Commander Major Todd Hawks. “We hope our supporters will assist their neighbors in need by donating new school supplies to their nearest participating Starbucks store.”