May 10, 2016
The Salvation Army Camden Kroc Center
Debuts UNUSUAL Fashion to Raise Funds & Awareness
WHAT: The phrase “rags to riches” now has a new meaning… The Salvation Army Camden Kroc Center will be hosting the Garbage Bag Gala Charity Fashion Show. Local designers are tasked with creating high-fashion looks using only unconventional materials (i.e. coffee filters, trash bags, newspapers, duct tape, etc.). The trash-inspired garb will then make its debut down the runway to raise money for the program Operation Cinderella.
WHO: Local Designers & models debuting 30 high-fashion looks out of unusual materials; Salvation Army Officers & personnel; Elected Officials; as well as Cinderella Club participants
WHEN: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
VIP Social Hour: 6pm EST
Fashion Show: 7:30pm EST
WHERE: The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
1865 Harrison Ave.
Camden, NJ 08105
HOW: Media should RSVP to 908-403-3625 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo opps and on-site interviews are offered; photos will be made available the next day
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support these services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org
About Operation Cinderella
“Once Upon A Time…,” those words bring images of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical kingdoms. But, for many women, life is a little more difficult, and disappointments and the reality of their family situations has them feeling a lot like Cinderella: The Cinderella in rags. Operation Cinderella’s goal is to bring a little “magic” back into a woman’s life. The way Operation Cinderella does this is by holding an event where deserving women are provided a night to remember…In four years at the Camden Kroc Center, over 200 women have been blessed on this night to remember, including 65 women in 2015. Now in 2016, “Cinderella Club” has begun a weekly support group to keep the fellowship and love flowing all year round. Attendance has grown to 50 women each week.
May 9, 2016
THE SALVATION ARMY CELEBRATES NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK
The Salvation Army in New Jersey will commemorate the 63rd annual National Salvation Army Week, running from May 9 - May 15. National Salvation Army Week is observed in the second week of May and was first nationally proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.
“As we celebrate many years of service in America as well as in New Jersey, it’s important that we recognize the people and supporters who enable The Salvation Army to continue its fight against poverty, addiction, homelessness and other afflictions,” said Major Ivan K. Rock, State Commander of The Salvation Army in New Jersey.
The Salvation Army strives to transform lives and continuously evolves in order to meet the changing needs of the communities it serves. Many individuals throughout the state received direct services which included meals, emergency shelter, overnight and day camps, ESL courses and much more.
In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is comprised of 29 community centers, the most basic service components of The Salvation Army, and 101 active service units, made up of 700 volunteers. In addition to the community centers and service units, there is The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Newark Ironbound and Senior Center, Camp Tecumseh in Pittstown, NJ; Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden; a Hurricane Sandy case-management facilities in Hazlet; as well as three shelters in Elizabeth, Montclair and Perth Amboy.
Each year, The Salvation Army is able to support individuals across the state thanks to the incredible generosity of donors and the thousands of volunteers who give their time and talents to help The Salvation Army ‘Do the Most Good.’
April 13, 2016
Why Not Just Write A Check?
Rob Falzon, EVP and CFO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
People don’t expect to see me outside my local supermarket ringing a Salvation Army bell and manning the red kettle during Christmastime. As they hand me their donations they’re probably thinking, “Why is Rob here asking for money? Surely as the CFO of a Fortune 500 company he can write a check and ask his friends to do the same.” They are right and I do. But for me, volunteering for The Salvation Army in any capacity is an honor, whether I’m serving during the grassroots holiday campaign or as the chair of the advisory boards for The Salvation Army of New Jersey and the Newark Corps.
Why do I ring the bell and serve on advisory boards for The Salvation Army? Volunteering gives me an opportunity to impact the lives of so many people in a tangible way—helping men, women and children achieve their potential. I see the difference The Army’s programs make in cities like Camden where we recently opened a Kroc Center to help transform the community; in Newark where our Boys and Girls Club serves more than 1,100 families; and throughout the State with a range of social services. These programs help families to thrive. And being part of “giving others a hand up instead of a hand out” inspires me to do more.
The Salvation Army’s motto is simply “Doing the Most Good.” This is an organization of people who dedicate their lives to serving our local communities. They treat all with dignity and provide all with an opportunity to do better and be better. They are on the ground in every one of our challenged communities in New Jersey, delivering services to address the unique needs of each community.
The way in which The Salvation Army integrates itself into the unique fabric of our local communities is what makes it special and effective. So yes, you may see me at my local supermarket ringing The Salvation Army bell and asking for a donation. When you do, it’s okay to ask me why. This will give me an opportunity to tell you about The Salvation Army, its great work and give you an opportunity to make a difference too. Writing a check is great. And I do, but volunteering allows me to tell my story and engage with others.
April 1, 2016
Kings Food Markets Holds Food Drive to Benefit The Salvation Army
In the spirit of giving, Kings Food Markets will host a food drive for The Salvation Army—April 1 to April 14—at all Kings’ locations throughout New Jersey. Customers will be able to “buy two, donate one” Kings’ brand products, benefiting The Salvation Army’s various feeding initiatives.
“The Salvation Army recognizes the seriousness of hunger in our communities and has been dedicated to helping families meet this basic need,” says Major Ivan K. Rock, State Commander of The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “We would like to thank Kings Food Markets. and their customers for providing groceries, which are crucial for us to continue to carry out our mission of providing for those in food insecure homes.”
“We are so excited to kick off our food drive with The Salvation Army this April,” says Judy Spires, Chairman & CEO of Kings Food Markets. “We’re constantly looking for ways to make an impact on hunger relief in our community through our Act Against Hunger initiative and this drive allows us to continue our effort and establish a positive change together.”
Last year, The Salvation Army provided over one million meals to individuals throughout New Jersey. All Salvation Army locations in the state have on-site food pantries—which include canned goods and other non-perishable items—to help meet emergency needs. Other feeding programs include holiday food basket distributions, soup kitchens, mobile feedings and more.
For more information on The Salvation Army and their feeding programs, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support these services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.
About Kings Food Markets
An upscale market chain serving customers throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, Kings provides a unique shopping experience paired with the highest quality foods. From locally sourced, organically grown produce, to hand-selected cheeses from over 20 countries, Kings seeks to bring exceptional gourmet items to shoppers in all of the company’s locations. The in-store experience is enhanced by Kings’ associates, all of whom are passionate about food and eager to help customers create the perfect meal. Kings is based in Parsippany, N.J., with 25 stores serving the region. The company was founded in 1936, marking its 80th anniversary in 2016. For more information, visit www.kingsfoodmarkets.com. Shoppers can also find Kings on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kingsfoodmarkets) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kingsfoodmkts).