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?
18th Annual Event Raises Money for Emergency Social Services for Berks County Residents
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.
When William B. Flinn (Bill to his friends) spoke to the head coaches of Penn State and USC before the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day, he had to chuckle. It was the CEO and Executive Director’s last Rose Bowl Game before retiring from The Tournament of Roses Association, and an amusing reminder of his past, versus his present and future. One team hailed from the state of his birth and youth, the other from the place where he built his life. “God has a sense of humor,” said Bill. Continue reading “Bloom Where You’re Planted: A Salvationist’s PA Roots Yield Tournament of Roses”
The Salvation Army made quite a splash at Fell Charter School when students lined up at field day to dunk a teacher and raise money for their community. In addition to sack races, tug-of-war, and water balloon tosses, students in grades kindergarten through ninth grade could also purchase balls to throw at a bulls-eye, that when hit, landed the teacher of their choice in a tank of cold water.
Using a dunk tank borrowed from The Salvation Army’s Camp Ladore, the game was among the most popular at the annual field day event and the only community fundraising element of the fun-filled day. The balls sold for $1 each, or 3 for $5, and all proceeds were donated to The Salvation Army. In the two hours the dunk tank was in operation, students raised almost $350.00. The Salvation Army will use the donation to help individuals and families in Simpson and nearby Carbondale.
Fell Charter is home to more than 150 students from throughout Lackawanna County. The school already had a reputation for generosity. In 2015 teachers at Fell Charter opted to teach without pay indefinitely while they awaited the Pennsylvania State budget to pass.
120 Salvation Army representatives will meet their local representatives to discuss the need in their respective area and describe the important services they provide to citizens such as food assistance, housing, social services, anti-human trafficking efforts, senior citizen and youth community programming, emergency disaster services, and much more. Continue reading “Salvation Army Leaders to Meet with PA State Lawmakers”