SPIRIT OF PEACE HOSTING ‘RING AND SING’ TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES THROUGH THE SALVATION ARMY

SPIRIT OF PEACE HOSTING ‘RING AND SING’ TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES THROUGH THE SALVATION ARMY

RICHMOND HILL, GA – November 23, 2021 – Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church is hosting a holiday-themed fundraising event, “Ring and Sing,” to raise funds for The Salvation Army of Savannah’s (TSA) annual Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in front of Kroger in Richmond Hill, 53 Exchange St. The church choir and volunteers will sing Christmas carols, ring the bell for the iconic red kettle, and provide free hot chocolate for donors and shoppers.

The Salvation Army of Savannah had to start its annual holiday fundraising campaign early for the second consecutive year to help ensure local families are cared for this Christmas and beyond. The Red Kettle Campaign provides the best way for the local community to assist in The Salvation Army’s mission of
“Doing the Most Good” throughout the Coastal Empire. Without the support of the community and helpers like Spirit of Peace, The Salvation Army could not provide food, lodging, financial assistance, or gifts to people in need in this region. That is why Spirit of Peace, aligned with TSA’s mission to spread the love of God, is involving its congregants and the local community to assist the nonprofit with their goal of to bringing hope to struggling families this Christmas.

“Our congregation is very passionate about supporting local families and nonprofits; and being a church that aims to spread the joy of Christ all year round – especially at Christmas time – supporting The Salvation Army of Savannah could not be more exciting for us,” said Pastor Devin Strong. “The organization’s mission is very close to our hearts, and we are aiming to help them ‘Do The Most Good’ in any way we can. We encourage the local community to stop by the front of Kroger that afternoon for some holiday fun to enjoy some hot chocolate and carols performed by our choir – it’s all for a great cause!

Through Bryan County Family Connections, Spirit of Peace is further supporting local efforts to help families in need by hosting an angel tree fulfill the Christmas wishes of disadvantaged Bryan County children. All benefitting families are vetted by Family Connections, and parents or guardians provide the agency with a list for each child that includes special wants, likes toys, games or clothing. Donors across Bryan County then have the opportunity to “adopt” each of these “Angels” by visiting one of the many Angel Trees and selecting an ornament with a specific gift written on it. Donors then turn in their purchased gifts back at the location of the tree where they chose their ornament. Packages are then distributed to parents in time for Christmas.

For more information about this event or Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church, please visit www.spiritofpeacelutheran.org or call Fellowship Director Anne-Marie Callahan at 912-344-8458.

Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministry, promoting a lifestyle of worship and loving service through word and prayer so that all of God’s children will know Christ’s transforming joy.

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH PARTNERS WITH SKY 3 ENTERTAINMENT AND BE THE LEAD TO HOST ‘RACE TO GIVE’ FUNDRAISER – NOV. 10

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH PARTNERS WITH SKY 3 ENTERTAINMENT AND BE THE LEAD TO HOST ‘RACE TO GIVE’ FUNDRAISER – NOV. 10

BLOOMINGDALE, GA. – NOV. 3, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Savannah is partnering with Sky 3 Entertainment and the nonprofit organization Be The Lead to host the Race to Give fundraiser from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Roebling Road Raceway, located at 1135 Roebling Rd. in Bloomingdale. All proceeds from this event will go to supporting the Bloomingdale police and fire departments as well as The Salvation Army of Savannah and Be The Lead.

The Race to Give event will feature a race car display, a live concert by modern country artist, Steven Cade, as well as a meet and greet with Cade. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet author and Be The Lead founder, Brent Yates, Compass Racing Development founder and Sprint Cup champion, Mckenna Haase, and 30-year professional racing driver, John Estupinan.

“We are thrilled to be hosting an event where attendees can meet their favorite local racers and artists! The community will not only enjoy a concert and meet and greet but will also leave a positive impact on families and children across the Coastal Empire,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “Thank you to Sky 3 Entertainment and Be The Lead to host such an interesting and unique event.”

Steven Cade will also be donating guitars to The Salvation Army of Savannah. To support Cade’s efforts in donating guitars, please visit www.stevencade.com/tip-jar.

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 121 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. Whether the community is affected by COVID-19, hurricanes, floods, fires or the Spanish influenza that impacted the world over a century ago, The Salvation Army continues to serve those who need it the most.

For more information about TSA, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004. 

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For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, or Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH ANNOUNCES 2021 RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WITH BASS PRO SHOPS ‘SANTA WONDERLAND KICK OFF’ EVENT – NOV. 6

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH ANNOUNCES 2021 RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WITH BASS PRO SHOPS ‘SANTA WONDERLAND KICK OFF’ EVENT – NOV. 6

SAVANNAH, GA. – Oct. 26, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Savannah is slated to kick off the holiday season with the launch of its annual Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. during the “Santa Wonderland Kick Off” event at Bass Pro Shop, located at 14045 Abercorn St., Savannah. This event will feature a special visit from Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman.

This free and family-friendly community event will include a Christmas themed tailgate with cookies and hot cocoa for all, with children receiving complimentary goodie bags. This event will raise awareness of the iconic Salvation Army fundraising programs including red kettles, as well as the organization’s Angel Tree Program. The Red Kettle Campaign provides the best way for the local community to assist in The Salvation Army’s mission of ‘Doing the Most Good’ in Savannah. Without the support of the community, The Salvation Army could not provide food and lodging to people in need in our region year-round.  

“The Red Kettle Campaign is kicking off this year with an amazing partnership with Bass Pro Shops at their Santa Wonderland Kickoff! We are encouraging people to take part in Doing The Most Good in Savannah this holiday season,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “The participation and community support we received last year helped us meet our campaign goals which we are extremely grateful for and we would love to feel that support again this year. Patrons of this joint event can rest assured that they will enjoy the season of Christmas while impacting families and children across the Coastal Empire!” 

The Salvation Army is always in need of volunteers to ring the kettles at partner locations during the holiday season to ensure more funds are raised during this campaign to benefit their mission. A volunteer bell ringer raises more donations on average, but less than 10 percent of bell ringers are volunteers. One hour of bell ringing can provide a meal for a family of four, and an entire day of ringing (eight hours) can provide lodging for a family of four for one month.

One of the best ways to help during the Red Kettle Campaign is to sign up as an individual or group for a week of volunteering. Volunteer shifts are eight hours a day with hours from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Flexible volunteer opportunities are available for scheduling at www.registertoring.com.

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 120 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. Whether the community is affected by COVID-19, hurricanes, floods, fires or the Spanish influenza that impacted the world over a century ago, The Salvation Army continues to serve those who need it the most.

For more information about TSA, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004. 

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For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, or Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH HIRES NEW LEAD COOK FROM LE CORDON BLEU IN LONDON

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH HIRES NEW LEAD COOK FROM LE CORDON BLEU IN LONDON

SAVANNAH, GA – May 20, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Savannah (TSA) has announced the appointment of a new Lead Cook to manage the organization’s kitchen program, Stephanie Casterlin, a graduate from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in London, United Kingdom. Previously, she served 15 years as Food Services Director with Compassion Christian Church in Savannah.

Casterlin is responsible for the efficient and healthy operation of the kitchen and dining area to include creation of delicious weekly menu plans, reporting food and supply needs to the supervisor, preparation and serving of meals, and clean-up of kitchen and dining area. Casterlin will make a positive impact on the families and individuals struggling to stabilize after losing their own homes by providing friendly, competent service and warming, heart-filled meals.

Due to the expansion of the kitchen program as TSA is Savannah’s largest homeless shelter and serves upwards of 100 individuals a day, the local organization is in need of volunteers to help in the kitchen preparing meals at their Community Center, 3000 Bee Rd., Savannah. Help is needed and appreciated any day of the week, but weekends are the most vital. The following volunteer shifts are available:

  • Breakfast Shift: 6 – 8 a.m.
  • Lunch Shift: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Dinner Shift: 4 – 6 p.m.

COVID-19 safety regulations are in place and enforced for the safety of all staff, volunteers, and shelter residents. A volunteer application and background check will need to be completed prior to starting. For applications or questions, please email or call Samantha Greder, Special Events Coordinator: 912-200-3015;

Samantha.greder@uss.salvationarmy.org or Stacey Magoon, Human Resource Specialist: 912-200-3008; Stacey.magoon@uss.salvationarmy.org

“We are more than happy to have Stephanie join our Army of ‘Doing The Most Good!’ She truly has a heart for serving and brings her creativity and amazing culinary skills to our kitchen. We are so very blessed to have her on board and she is really looking forward to connecting with all of our faithful volunteers,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “Our organization is excited to come up with new ideas with her on how we can better serve our clients and the community. If you are able and willing, please consider volunteering in our kitchen – it would be such a help to Stephanie and the families in our shelter.”

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 120 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. To make a monetary donation directly now or for more information about The Salvation Army Savannah, please visit https://salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004 and follow the organization via social media.

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For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457 or Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, or.

 About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH WOMEN’S AUXILIARY CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT BOUTIQUE FAMILY STORE

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH WOMEN’S AUXILIARY CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT BOUTIQUE FAMILY STORE

SAVANNAH, GA – APRIL 22, 2021 – Yesterday, the Salvation Army of Savannah’s (TSA) Women’s Auxiliary hosted a celebration of The Salvation Army Boutique Family Store’s third anniversary. Major Paul Egan and leaders from the Women’s Auxiliary made short presentations and graduates from TSA’s rehabilitation programs were in attendance to discuss the positive impact that the store’s profits have had on TSA’s programs.

Beginning on Wednesday, April 21, the boutique will continue to have sales and door prizes through the weekend. Since the boutique’s grand re-opening by the Women’s Auxiliary in 2018, the store has undergone major renovation and raised over $450,000 to support programs like the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program as well as other various projects throughout the year.

“The Salvation Army of Savannah is so grateful to have a group of hard-working of women who are dedicated to keeping the Boutique Family Store a success,” said Major Egan. “The money made in this store goes directly to changing the lives of our community in a positive way through our programs and other community outreach projects.”

The Women’s Auxiliary is a civic group of over 100 community-minded women who want to make a difference in Savannah, GA, and the surrounding counties by raising awareness and funds to expand the amount and quality of help that is given by The Salvation Army of Savannah.

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 120 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community.  To make a monetary donation directly now or for more information about The Salvation Army Savannah, please visit https://salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004 and follow the organization via social media.

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For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457, Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, Allie Robinson at allie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-547-3100, or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH SURPASSED GOAL FOR THEIR 2020 RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH SURPASSED GOAL FOR THEIR 2020 RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN

SAVANNAH, GA – February 3, 2021 – Today, The Salvation Army of Savannah (TSA) announces they surpassed their ambitious Red Kettle Campaign fundraising goal of $300,000 by $25,000 for a total of $324,871.20. Even though they had less employees and volunteers to bell ring and half the amount of red kettles than the previous year because of COVID-19 concerns, the nonprofit organization was able to raise these funds through their virtual and physical kettles and the matching grant from an anonymous donor who offered to match every dollar given to the iconic red kettles up to $150,000.

The funds from the holiday season’s Red Kettle Campaign go towards TSA’s many programs that provide food, lodging, and emergency assistance as well as supporting local children, seniors, homeless individuals and families, and those needing spiritual and emotional care. Donations raised from this campaign allows TSA to provide desperately needed food and lodging to people in need in our region year-round. With COVID-19 rates continuing to rise, more people are turning to TSA for help as the economic impact of the pandemic affects them. Meeting the goal will allow TSA to continue providing relief to those most in need in our community.

This year, due to the closing of retail stores and the decline in foot traffic, TSA had a limited amount of time this year to ring kettles. There were only 26 active kettles throughout Savannah and about 15 of them on average were active daily compared to 46 in the previous year.

“We are blown away by the support we have received this year. Our organization was prepared to see a decrease in funds raised through the red kettles, which would have limited our capability to provide services for the most vulnerable,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “That is why we are immensely grateful to our anonymous donor who recognized our need and provided us with the opportunity to double the amount we raised. We could not have done this without all of the community members who donated to our biggest fundraiser of the year whether online or in-person, and all of those who volunteered and shared our virtual kettle with their friends and families. We look forward to continuing our mission this year of ‘Doing The Most Good’ for those in our region.”

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 120 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. Whether the community is affected by COVID-19, hurricanes, floods, fires or the Spanish influenza that impacted the world over a century ago, The Salvation Army continues to serve those who need it the most.

For more information about TSA, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004.

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For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457, or Crystal Vogel at crystal@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-509-1510.

 About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH EXTENDS VIRTUAL RED KETTLES THROUGH JANUARY TO TRY TO MEET GOAL

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH EXTENDS VIRTUAL RED KETTLES THROUGH JANUARY TO TRY TO MEET GOAL

SAVANNAH, GA – January 6, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Savannah (TSA) is extending online donations for its annual Red Kettle Campaign through the virtual red kettle platform until Jan. 31 in order to continue providing relief to those most in need in our community.

The funds from the Red Kettle Campaign, which spanned 6 weeks during the holiday season, go towards TSA’s many programs that provide food, lodging, and emergency assistance as well as supporting local children, seniors, homeless individuals and families, and those needing spiritual and emotional care. Donations raised from this campaign allows TSA to provide desperately needed food and lodging to people in need in our region year-round. With COVID-19 rates continuing to rise, more people are turning to TSA for help as the economic impact of the pandemic affects them.

Donations can be made via the online donation platform at www.RedKettleSAV.givesmart.com or by texting “RedKettleSAV” to 76278. Through this platform, supporters can set up their own virtual Red Kettle to share among family, friends, and coworkers. Every donation provides help and hope to those in need, and all gifts stay within the greater Savannah community.

“It is our sworn duty to help society’s least fortunate, and during these challenging times, we need all the help we can get to sustain our programs for the families we serve,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “We are so grateful that we have an opportunity to extend our red kettles virtually, and we are so thankful to those who have already donated. The need this year is greater than ever before, and we require all the support we can get to continue aiding those most affected by COVID-19. Every dollar goes straight back to the Savannah community and will help provide meals, financial assistance, and support for our many programs that make a difference in lives every day. We would like to thank the greater Savannah community for their support of our mission of Doing The Most Good, and urge others to get involved with our vital cause.”

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 120 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. Whether the community is affected by COVID-19, hurricanes, floods, fires or the Spanish influenza that impacted the world over a century ago, The Salvation Army continues to serve those who need it the most.

For more information about TSA, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004.

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For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, Crystal Vogel at crystal@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-509-1510,or Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457.

 About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood