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The Salvation Army Is $185,000 Short of Red Kettle Campaign Goal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Friday, 21 December 2012 15:46
The Snow Day Sets Campaign Back at least $12,000!

Quad Cities, USA: With red kettles wrapping up on Christmas Eve, the Red Kettle Campaign is still $185,000 away from making its 2012 fund raising goal.

“Weather determines the success of our campaign, and we have been very blessed with good weather,” said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities coordinator for The Salvation Army. 

“Closing kettles down on Thursday will impact the goal greatly, though. We are grateful to Von Maur for partnering with us on Saturday for a Match Day at the malls! We hope Von Maur’s generosity of a match up to $10,000 will help make up for the day we missed.”

Felton continued, “I cannot stress enough how this campaign sets the tone for our entire year of services. We have raised a significant amount so far and are very grateful to this community but there is still a long way to go.”

The 2012 Red Kettle Campaign goal is $725,000. As of Dec. 19th, the donation total is $540,000. The Salvation Army is compelled to make another plea to the community.

There are many ways to share your blessings with others:

An online gift to:

Call to 1-800-SAL-ARMY for a credit card donation.

Or a check can be mailed to: The Salvation Army, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803


Rev. Ron Quay retiring from Churches United PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Wachal   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:18

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

As some of you may have heard, circumstances have developed with Rev. Ron Quay’s health such that he has felt the need to retire at the end of 2012. Ron is currently the Executive Director of Churches United, and had originally planned to retire at the end of 2013. He has devoted 10 years of his life to Churches United, and for that we are deeply appreciative.

One of his major accomplishments was his willingness to open Winnie’s Place in December of 2006, which expanded the ministry of Churches United to women and children in need of shelter. A second major accomplishment was to lead the way for interfaith dialogue and understanding, which expanded Churches United's relationships with other people of faith through our six year radio show “Faith Talks” and by reaching out to non-Christian faith communities. We wish Ron all the best as he focuses on his retirement, his health and the healing process.

We would also like to share with you that Anne Wachal, who currently is the Associate Director and Program Manager for Churches United, has been asked by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors to lead Churches United as the Acting Executive Director during this transition time. Please keep Anne and her family in your thoughts and prayers as she graciously takes on additional responsibilities at Churches United.

We assure you that all of the Churches United ministries will remain intact as we continue to meet the needs of the community, but you may see a few changes taking place as we journey through this transition period together. It is our intent to continue to be a Christian ecumenical organization in ministry in the Quad City Area for another 50 years, and beyond.

Please keep the Churches United staff and the Board of Directors in your thoughts and prayers during this adjustment time. We are all looking forward to an exciting 2013!!

Bikes for Brains update PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:05
Organizer, Sheila Burns, reports the group received an additional $10,000 since the bike give away earlier this month so there were able to buy more bikes!!!

"Because of the generosity of our donors, we were able to gift 21 additional children this year.  That makes the 2012 total number of bikes and helmets given a whopping 133! Thank you to our faithful donors," said Burns.

For more information contact Sheila at 736-1111.

Red Cross Holiday Giving: Top 3 gifts to give PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gail McGovern   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:59
One of the things I love the most about our annual Holiday Giving Catalog is that there truly is a gift for everyone on your list.

We offer such a wide range of gifts every year because so many people rely on us for help. Here are a few incredible gifts that will help us meet our biggest needs in 2013:
  • When a violent tornado forces a family to seek shelter, a hot meal can go a long way in making life feel a little more normal. Give 3 hot meals now ($30).
  • Members of the military wounded in battle face a long, uncomfortable journey home, often without any personal items – that’s why our military comfort kits include phone cards, shower shoes, toiletries and more. Give a military comfort kit now ($50).
  • After facing disaster, people come to us exhausted, scared, and carrying nothing but the clothes on their backs. But a day in a Red Cross emergency shelter – including food, blankets, a cot, a toothbrush and more – can give them the strength and support they need to face the challenges to come. Give two full days of emergency shelter now ($100).

When it comes to the holidays, it’s the thought that counts – and a gift that honors your loved one’s compassion and kindness is the most thoughtful gift of all. Visit today and give a meaningful, tax-deductible gift this holiday season.


Gail McGovern
President and CEO, American Red Cross

Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:53
Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities Christmas Assistance Program –- offering a Christmas food box and toys to families who signed up in November -– is The Salvation Army’s largest outreach event each year.

The Angel Tree collection is finished, and the toys will now make up the toy shop in which parents can choose toys for their children. Over 2,000 children will have a brighter Christmas morning because of this community’s generosity and support of this program.

The Food Boxes were packed on Friday night – 2,300 of them – and families and individuals comprised of 6,288 people will have food in their cupboards, and a nice Christmas meal on their table.

Generous Quad Cities residents, businesses and civic groups make this program possible with their donations.

For 2012, the Food Box Distribution and Toy Shop will occur by appointment only.

The press is invited for interviews and filming of this program on:

Davenport Corps, 3400 W. Central Park Drive
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9am – 4pm
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 9am - 4pm

Heritage Temple Corps, 2200- 5th Avenue, Moline
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 10am – 4pm

About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about local programs, go to


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