The Salvation Army and its partners come together to serve local communities

Atlanta, Georgia: In January, a faithful partner of The Salvation Army, Primerica, held their third annual blank drive, collecting more than 2,500 blankets. These blankets were distributed to corps and service center locations in the Metro Atlanta area. “Many hands and hearts go into all that we do to serve,” said Roxanne Tigue, Primerica’s Program and Events Coordinator. “What an honor it is to work with The Salvation Army on this amazing project. What a blessing it is to see the lives you all are changing.”

Charlotte, North Carolina: Spencer Taylor lended a helping hand to Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Greater Charlotte, North Carolina. Taylor delivered 50 snack packs to Charlotte clubs as part of a program in which companies, civic groups and others are invited to help the Boys & Girls Clubs meet increased demands during the pandemic by donating snack items in bulk. The Charlotte clubs have received thousands of snack packs over the last year from more than 50 groups and individuals. In addition, school supplies, board games, art/craft supplies and sports equipment are also being donated. 

Memphis, Tennessee: On Dec. 10, an anonymous donor dropped an antique, 1.81-caret diamond ring appraised at more than $6,000 into a Salvation Army red kettle in the Germantown area of Memphis, Tennessee. The ring was inside a small plastic bag with a simple handwritten note: “Help the poor.” According to the appraisal by Sissy’s Log Cabin, the jewelry is a 14k yellow gold ring with a single, 1k diamond surrounded by 10 smaller diamonds; the stones have a “miner’s cut” typical of jewelry of the mid-19th through early 20th centuries. “We may never know the story behind the ring’s original owner or what motivated them to so generously drop it into our red kettle on that December night, but year after year, we continue to be amazed by the unwavering love and support from our neighbors,” the Memphis Corps said in a Facebook posting. “To the anonymous ring donor, your gift will change countless lives in our community this Christmas. THANK YOU!”

Rome, Georgia: The Salvation Army in this North Georgia city thanks Heritage First Bank for its “Bankers for Blankets” drive. The blankets will be used by people in the corps shelter and community to stay warm. “Thank you so much from the bottom of our ‘warm’ hearts!” the corps said in a Facebook posting.

Shreveport, Louisiana: The Salvation Army received a check for more than $1,000 from Junior ROTC students at Parkway High School in Shreveport. Funds were donated to benefit the Merkle Center of Hope shelter and raised through the La’Keia Rawls 5K Memorial Run, held annually to honor a Bossier High School graduate who lost her life to domestic violence. 

High Point, North Carolina: The Salvation Army appreciates the help it received from the High Point University Department of Physician Assistant Studies. The department donated breakfast items and paper products to The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Family Shelter.