National Donut Day Celebrates Salvation Army History (historic photos & video)

World(2)The first Friday in June has been celebrated by The Salvation Army since 1938 as “National Donut Day.”

You may have noticed the donut giveaways and the donut pictures on social media, but did you know that this delicious holiday has its origins in The Salvation Army’s work on the front lines of World War I in France?

In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during World War I. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clean clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods. Continue reading “National Donut Day Celebrates Salvation Army History (historic photos & video)”

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Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless, May 19, 2018

About 100 runners braved the chilly temperatures and pouring rain on Saturday May 19, to participate in the Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless at Chatham Park Elementary School to benefit The Salvation Army of Norristown’s Family Shelter.

 

The two-mile run, now in its 20th year, was organized by the Chatham Park Parent-Teacher Association to celebrate the lessons learned in the book, “Maniac Magee” by Norristown native Jerry Spinelli who later raised his family in the Chatham Park community.

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Wedding Bells at The Salvation Army of Sunbury (video)

sunbury wedding picThe Salvation Army of Sunbury hosted the wedding of John and Jamielynn Fisher on Wednesday, April 4 at its Corps Community Center!

The newlyweds exchanged vows in the chapel, then celebrated with the community at a reception during the Wednesday evening Feeding Friends meal!

Check out their sweet story that aired on Newswatch 16 WNEP-TV:

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The Salvation Army of Reading’s Festival of Easter Baskets Returns to Berkshire Mall

18th Annual Event Raises Money for Emergency Social Services for Berks County Residents
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Godiva Easter Basket

The Salvation Army of Reading presents the 18th annual Festival of Easter Baskets, Wednesday, March 21 through Saturday, March 24 at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, PA. An estimated 75 creative gift baskets, designed and donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals, will be on display outside Boscov’s at the Berkshire Mall. During this time when individuals donate $1 or more to The Salvation Army, they will receive tickets to be entered into a random drawing for the basket of their choice. The drawing will occur at noon on Saturday, March 24 at Boscov’s. If winners are not present, they will be notified by phone to pick up their baskets.

Money raised through the Festival of Easter Baskets supports The Salvation Army of Reading’s emergency social service programs. Last year’s event raised more than $6,000.   Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Reading’s Festival of Easter Baskets Returns to Berkshire Mall”

3rd Annual MOST Amazing Race Planned for April 7 in Carlisle (photos & video)

Winning Team Takes $1,000

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Winners of 2016 Most Amazing Race

Preparations are underway for The Salvation Army of Carlisle’s third annual Most Amazing Race, scheduled for Saturday, April 7 in Carlisle.  This year’s theme is “Around the World.” The event, sponsored by M & T Bank, was inspired by the CBS show “The Amazing Race” and sends teams of two all over Carlisle in an effort to win a grand prize of $1,000. Second place finishers take home $500 and third place wins $250.  The race starts and ends at the Carlisle Expo Center. From the starting line, teams will complete a challenge to get their clues which will then lead them to other checkpoints. Following the clues at each checkpoint, they must successfully complete challenges until they reach the end of the race.

The race will be five miles in length, encompassing eight stops, involving physical and mental skills, as well as activities that may include running or puzzle solving.

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