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.
Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign Totals Down 50 Percent
With just ten days left until Christmas, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware announced today that donations to its annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign are down throughout the region, presently at 50-percent of its overall goal.
The iconic tradition of bell ringers and red kettles is the most recognizable fundraising effort of The Salvation Army. Passersby can place monetary donations inside the red kettles, which will be stationed in prominent locations throughout the region until December 23. The Salvation Army is sending an urgent plea to individuals, corporations and groups to generously give to the Red Kettle campaign. Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Sends Urgent Plea for Donations”
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.
One book, two communities,thousands inspired to make a difference
Hundreds of children and their parents hit the road to raise money for The Salvation Army of Norristown at the Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless! The sun was shining and Chatham Park Elementary was a sea of red t-shirts, as walkers and runners made their way through the neighborhoods surrounding the school for the one mile fun walk and two-mile run on Saturday, May 14.