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4 Largest Donations Found in the Red Kettle

December 8, 2016

Charley Brandt, dressed as Santa, rings the bell for the Salvation Army at the Byerly's store in Roseville. Brandt, a three year veteran of bell ringing is trying out the newly acquired Santa suit in hopes that increases donations. Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He a Byerly's customers laughs as Brandt compliments her on her smile and wishes her, "Merry Christmas". (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

We all know the feeling of reaching for spare change in our pockets– trying to find a few coins here or there to give to the chilly bell ringer standing outside of Walmart. Though most often, spare change and $1 bills are what finds their way to the kettle, there are a few bigger donations that come in each year. 

Want to know some of the largest donations (on record) ever given to the Red Kettle?! We have a compilation of some of the most generous gifts ever seen by The Salvation Army at Christmastime! 

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The $10K Piggy Bank

Your child’s piggy bank mayyyy not be worth much, but for rare coin collectors, their little assemblage can be rather valuable! An anonymous donor finally revealed their identity after 15 years of donating parts of their rare coin collection to the Kettles.

“Dick and Ruth Jean Unger, who had long asked to remain nameless, finally went public because so many people wanted to know who was behind the kind-hearted deed.”

After all was said and done, their coins amounted to a grand total of $10,000!!!

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Five $10K Checks from Secret Santa Wrapped in a $1 Bill

At a Joplin, Mo. Walmart on Black Friday, as the shoppers were waiting in line, one shopper wasn’t there to buy a big screen TV!! As the officers counted the Red Kettle totals that evening, 5 checks for $10,000 each were found inside the Kettle- all wrapped inside of a $1 dollar bill!!

“The person or persons behind the $50,000 donation remain anonymous, as she or he (or they) has been for the past decade. Salvation Army officials have nicknamed the anonymous donor(s) “Secret Santa” for the tradition of donating large sums in the kettle each Christmas season.”

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Bank matches $100,000 in donations

The Citizens Bank Foundation announced that it would donate $100,000 to The Salvation Army’s 2007 Kettle Campaign in New Hampshire as a match to the local’s giving. Green Kettles marked as Citizen’s Bank “match kettles” were put out throughout the state.

This helped “successfully complete a partnership developed in response to the growing need for emergency food, shelter and assistance with fuel expenses throughout the state.”

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The $500,000 Family Legacy

A check for $500,000 was dropped into The Salvation Army kettle at a Club Foods in Rosemount, Minnesota.

The family chose this gift to honor their family legacy.
One of their fathers served in World War 1 and especially loved The Salvation Army Donut Lassies, who brought coffee and donuts to the soldiers on the front lines. Want to learn more about the Donut Lassies?? Check out the story HERE:

Story Sources:

1) $10,000 Coins  2) Checks from Santa  3) Bank Match  4) The Minnesota $500K

8th Annual Golf Tournament Drives it Home!

September 14, 2016

No trouble in paradise at the Paradise Valley Golf Course last week! The Salvation Army’s 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success! Some great teams and sponsors came out for the afternoon flight to support the event put on by the Advisory Board.

20 teams played in the tournament which raised a total of $7,000 for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas. 

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“Most participants in a weekday golf tournament have been afforded a life that allows them to be able to participate in an event like this. So many in our community do not have the opportunity to take a day off of work for golf, take a day off at all, or even have a job to take off from,” says Tim Cotton, President of the Advisory Board of Northwest Arkansas and owner of Northwest Electric.

“I personally have been blessed to have not only what I need, but also influences that have shown me the importance of giving back to this community.

Few organizations operate in the manner that The Salvation Army does, helping people in need regain their footing not only financially, but spiritually as well. I look forward to seeing the growth of The Salvation Army, volunteer support, and community awareness and involvement as we move forward.”

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How far does $7,000 go??

According to USA Today, the cost of dinner for a low-income family of four averages to $191 per week. With the money raised from the tournament, The Salvation Army will be able to feed approximately 260 families (of four) for a day or 36 families each night for a week.

Additionally, a night of shelter costs roughly $12.50 per person, shows research from EFSP. That’s 560 nights of shelter we can offer because of the proceeds from the tournament.

So thank you, to everyone who participated for helping us to Do The Most Good in Northwest Arkansas! Keep scrolling to see pictures from the event, meet our 2016 champions, and thank the sponsors that helped make it happen!

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Drumrolllllll, please!! We are thrilled to announce the winner of the tournament- this year’s champions: Lindsey Management!!

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Lindsey Management: 2016 CHAMPIONS!

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Many teams competed for the honor of being the 2016 Putting Competition Champions (and owner of a brand new SEGWAY Mini Pro!!), but only one was victorious! Congratulations to Tarek Taha with the Fellowship Fayetteville Team!!

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Some additional contributors include: Gary Howard, Mike Lyman, Upchurch Electrical, Tom McDonald, and Eric McGee. And we want to give a special thanks to our Food and Hole Sponsors- we truly could not have done it without them!

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And a big thank you to all the teams that came out and participated. Mark your calendars for 2017– we will see ya next year!!


To learn more about the Advisory Board at The Salvation Army and get information on joining, check out our webpage!

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Fabulous Food Partners

August 15, 2016

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We have been so blessed to find friends in Whole Foods Market!! The company is committed to community and their desire to make Northwest Arkansas a better place is so evident!!

Whole Foods Market donates their food waste to The Salvation Army several times a week, providing our shelter with healthy necessities! Over the summer months alone, their dairy and coffee donations have saved us over $1200! We’ve also been able to provide top-of-the-line snacks like nuts and protein bars at no cost to us, items that would otherwise not be available to our guests due to cost. Whole Foods Market is providing healthy, high quality food options to a community that would otherwise not have access.

I caught up with the champions of our partnership, Allison Chilcote (Marketing Team Leader) and Chamisa Wheeler (Team Member), to chat about saving food waste, being a conscientious shopper, and making a difference for the impoverished in our community. Read on, friends!

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The Heart of Whole Foods Market

“Community is extremely important to Whole Foods Market. It is the foundation of the company and important to its team members who work toward increasing access to fresh, healthy food!

In 1980, Whole Foods Market started out as one small store in Austin, Texas with a variety of local and regional products on the shelves. Less than a year later, a massive flood destroyed the store inventory and damaged equipment. Community vendors, creditors and partners joined forces to help get Whole Foods Market operational again. It was the pivotal point when Whole Foods Market recognized it takes a team and a community and the company’s core values were developed and transformed. You can see that in the way Whole Foods Market approaches business today as a company and community partner.” (See their core values –> here!)

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Importance of Rescuing Food (before it becomes waste)

“The needs in our community are always growing. We can make change, impact people and inspire them to reach others by teaching them to think about their food and be more conscious about what they buy, creating a trickle effect. It is our job in the community to work together to scale back food waste, help more where we can, and be more conscientious consumers.”

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What are some ways that individuals and families can recover food and be cautious of food waste in their own homes?

“Know your resources. What is my Plan B for food? Change your mindset to think of where food can go if you cannot eat or cook it.

Whether it be taking your food scraps to a compost, reaching out to a local shelter or food bank, going to your church or non-profit recipient, or thinking of your neighbor who may not have dinner, and inviting them over!

These actions give you the freedom to cook something delicious and healthy and not have the guilt of potentially wasting it.”

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The Heart of the Whole Foods Team

(Chamisa) “When I realized we work with food banks, I got really excited. I understand the depth of the problems that we face in Northwest Arkansas. Now, I go home at night and I think about families who have a little more tonight than what they started off with.”

I go home with a less heavy heart knowing that this company is giving back so much. Whole Foods gave me that opportunity. I love that Whole Foods embraces community and has so much compassion, and that we are making a difference.

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Catch up with Whole Foods Fayetteville:
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/fayetteville
Social: @wholefoodsfay
#fayfresh #wfmteam

Walmart Foundation Funds Feeding

July 7, 2016

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We are honored to announce that the Walmart Foundation has granted us with $40,000 to be used for our feeding programs!! They give so much to making this community a better place, and we are thrilled to be entrusted with their funds and supported by their giving.

It is our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the grants we provide to the thousands of organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, we are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time.  -Walmart Foundation

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Feeding programs are a vital part of what we do at The Salvation Army, and this grant will give us the opportunity to impact so many lives! But just how big of an impact will this funding make??

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Last year, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas provided 47,790 meals and distributed over 2,000 food boxes to those in need. Meals are served every night of the week at the emergency shelters in Fayetteville and Bentonville, as well as, for Wednesday night youth programs, holidays, and special events. Food Boxes are administered at the social service offices in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Siloam Springs. Want to learn more? Read up on all of our social services here and stories of lives they have impacted!

Thank You Walmart
So a HUGE thank you to our partners at the Walmart Foundation for supporting the work we do in this community! Together, we can Do The Most Good!

Chipotle Mexican Grill

June 27, 2016

We are thrilled to begin this new series on food partnerships in our community!! We do not work alone when it comes to feeding those in need here is Northwest Arkansas, and we want for our supporters and friends to know the amazing people who help make our work possible! Be looking for a food partner highlight each month and go support these awesome businesses when you get a chance! You can also follow the stories on social media with #feedNWA!

This month, we are proud to recognize an amazing restaurant who gives back every week through the Harvest Program. Drummrolll…

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Instead of letting their excess food go to waste, Chipotle Restaurants have decided to give back! Each Chipotle location in Fayetteville is a part of an initiative called the Harvest Program. This program is coordinated by Food Donation Connection, an organization that seeks to “expand their global network linking available sources of surplus food to those in need through existing charitable organizations”.

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FOOD WASTE

According to the US Department of Agriculture, “Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food we prepare, about 96 billion pounds of food waste each year.” 96 BILLION POUNDS.
Let’s put that into perspective.

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So thank you, Chipotle, for choosing to make a difference and giving your food waste to those in need in our community!! In addition to their harvest donation, Chipotle on Dickson Street is sponsoring a proceeds night for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas! Go grab a meal, tell them you love The Salvation Army, and they will donate 50% of the proceeds to our programs!!

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Food Consumption
USDA Statistics
Reducing Food Waste
Household Poverty
US Census

Opportunity

February 1, 2016

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What are the first words that come to your mind when I say “thrift store”? Do any of these make the list: discounts, charity, used, donations, college house furnishings, white elephant gift?

What if I told you that the word I think of is opportunity? That may come as a surprise to you, but to us, the thrift stores offer a world of possibility. At The Salvation Army, our thrift stores, also known as “Family Stores”, provide us with incredible opportunities in our community.

  1. They are a major source of funding for our free Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Program.
  2. They provide employment for individuals and families in need of work.
  3. They enable low-income families to own needed things like couches, tables, clothing, beds, and dishes that might not otherwise be affordable.
  4. We give out store vouchers to people in need. That means they get to shop for free!!

These are all incredible ways that we are able to serve NW Arkansas through your donations at our stores. But I don’t just want to give you the facts; I would like to tell you a story.

That story is Ivan.
He is a kind, dynamic, fun-loving, hard-working employee at our Fayetteville Thrift Store. He greets everyone with a smile and “Hello!” and makes you feel like a million bucks!! Not a day goes by without Ivan’s cheerful heart and lovable spirit brightening the day of our customers.

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But this hasn’t always been Ivan’s story.
Let him share with you how his life has been transformed from the darkness of addiction to the light of life and forgiveness through Jesus with the help of The Salvation Army.

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“I had just recently been out of jail. I was homeless, cause I was a bad alcoholic. And I somehow found my way over to the Springdale Thrift Store thinking it was the shelter. They referred me over here to the shelter in Fayetteville.

They made sure I sobered up so that I could start staying in the shelter, and they helped me get everything I needed to get into the [Alcohol and Addiction Recovery] Program.

I had lost everything. I didn’t have anywhere to go.
I didn’t have a penny to my name. Literally, I had spent all my money drinking. I gave away everything I owned for booze, [and soon] I was out on the streets homeless. I had been in and out of recovery programs before, but this time, they were so good to me I couldn’t leave.

I was home. And I am too old to not be having a home. For once in my life, it stuck, and I graduated from the program in October of 2013.

I was blessed and got hired by them right when I got out. It was a cashier job [at the Fayetteville Thrift Store]. I’ve been here ever since!”

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“Now, I have my own apartment. And I bought everything in my apartment, except for my microwave, at The Salvation Army Store. I mean, living room, bedroom, kitchen, it’s all Salvation Army stuff. I’ve spent all my money back here. And I was able to pay for it all because of my job here. My microwave would have been from here too but my old one went out on the weekend when we were closed, so I went out and bought an emergency one!

They’ve been really good to me. They are a family to me. I don’t know why or how, but I have been fortunate that way. It’s been a blessing.

I lost a lot; I was way out there. But now, I’ve gained a lot back.

My daughter is even getting ready to come visit me. But it has all been because of The Salvation Army. I give everything I have, 100% for The Salvation Army. I love it here!”

Is the word Opportunity fitting to describe our stores?
“Oh yah, for sure! We do a lot of community vouchers for the homeless. A family came in the other day with one. Their daughter pointed at something and was like, ‘Can I really get that? Can I really?’ It was a coat that she needed. And it was free for them. Sometimes I will go tell my boss, ‘That last voucher, it really hit my heart. It felt good to do that.’ And to know that I was in that boat too, but now by the grace of God, I’m not. It’s a good feeling.”

I love the thrift store! Can you tell!?
Now I get to be a part of giving back to the community!

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What would you say to the community about The Salvation Army?
Contribute as much as you can. Everything that comes in here goes back to the community to help the hungry and the homeless. I leave here feeling so blessed, but I mean, I was there.

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Now isn’t that a story worth telling and celebrating?!
We have the privilege of meeting the Ivan’s of our community everyday. Men and women who have hit hard times and simply need someone to walk alongside them and give them a hand up. Please consider donating to our stores: it is truly changing lives. You can also donate online to The Salvation Army of NW Arkansas here.

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Family Store Fun Facts:
• .86 cents of every dollar made in the stores goes directly towards our programs
• We have 4 stores in NWA: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Siloam Springs
• Last week, we got in 60 year-old vintage board game classics (Clue, Life, Monopoly) valued at $100 each on Ebay!

Thrift Store Locations
1645 S. West Ave. Fayetteville
329 Holcomb St Springdale
2223 W. Walnut St. Rogers
1971 Hwy. 421 E Siloam Springs