Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army is desperately seeking enough toys to save Christmas for thousands of less fortunate children in the Quad Cities. The 2014 Angel Tree Toy Drive ends in just 7 days on Monday, December 15th. Only a small fraction of the toys needed have been collected.

The Salvation Army encourages people to add just one more child to their Christmas list...a child living in poverty.

ANGEL TREE Toy Collection Trees are located at all four Quad Cities Wal-Marts, Schnucks Market, NorthPark Mall (JCPenney Court) and SouthPark Mall (JCPenney Court) and ends December 15th. Mall times are 11am - 8pm daily, and 11am -- 5pm on Sunday.

Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator for The Salvation Army, states that "Close to 1,500 families are depending on us. Every child in our community should wake up Christmas morning to a new toy. This final week's hard work will hopefully be enough so we can let children know they are special on Christmas morning!"

Last year, thousands of toys were displayed at The Salvation Army's Toy Shop on the Christmas Assistance distribution days. Parents are able to "shop" for their child's gift, and also receive a food box with the ingredients for a Christmas dinner. This program has been in the Quad Cities for decades.


Davenport, IA: Quad Citians are invited to pay a visit to the huge red kettle on 2nd and Main in downtown Davenport when WQAD's Anchor, Jason Fechner, will be ringing the bell and asking for donations to The Salvation Army's Red Kettles.

Jason will do a 24-hour bell ringing marathon beginning Friday, December 5th at 6am and ending on Saturday morning, December 6th at 6am.

This year's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign goal in the Quad Cities is $760,000, an ambitious goal needed to sustain year-round programming for critical programs and services to help individuals, families and children in need.

Various media personalities and community leaders will join Jason at the red kettle throughout the day. Please stop by and encourage him as he gives up warmth, comfort and a good night's sleep to care for people in need.

The Salvation Army is preparing now for the Christmas Assistance Program that provides 2,000 families with a Christmas Food Box and toys for the children. There is still time to donate toys at an area Angel Tree, or make a donation, or to volunteer to bell ring.

"The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in this community. Jason is an extraordinary person who figured out a way of making a difference in people's lives. And when he makes it to 24 hours, he will be the Iowa Record Holder for longest continuous bell ringing," said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.

TO VOLUNTEER: Call Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072 or go to ringbells.org

TO DONATE A TOY: Go to any area Wal-Mart or the malls at JCPenney Court to pick up an Angel Tag.

IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS: Donation checks can be sent to: 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803 or credit card gifts can be made at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

First Gold Coin dropped in Kettle this campaign

Bell Ringers Needed - Both Paid and Volunteer


QUAD CITIES, USA: A gold coin was dropped in the red kettles on Friday, November 21st! A half-ounce Royal Canadian Gold Coin was dropped into the kettle at the Moline Walgreens on 16th Street.

This coin will help fund the life-changing programs offered to the community by The Salvation Army at 2200 - 5th Avenue, Moline.

The Red Kettle campaign runs until December 24th and bell ringers are desperately needed in both Illinois and Iowa.

To volunteer, please go to www.ringbells.org for easy sign up or call Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072.

To apply for a seasonal paid position, please call 563-391-5325 in Iowa or call 309-764-6996 in Illinois.


November 19, 2014 (Quad Cities) - The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Toy Collection is underway. Paper angel tags listing the age, gender and toy ideas are available at these locations:

CURRENTLY: All four Quad Cities area Wal-Marts and Schnucks Market

STARTING Friday, November 28th: NorthPark Mall in the JCPenney Court and SouthPark Mall in the von Maur Court. Hours will be 11am - 8pm Monday through Saturday, and 11pm - 5pm on Sunday.

Community members are encouraged to purchase a toy and bring it to the Angel Tree sites so that a less fortunate child will have a happy Christmas morning. This annual program provides new toys for 3,000 children whose families have a hard time adding Christmas gifts to their budget.

Anyone wanting to participate can select an angel tag from the tree and purchase a gift for a child. New, unwrapped toys for a child, along with the original tag can be returned to any Angel Tree location. The last day you can choose an angel is December 15 to allow time for distribution by The Salvation Army.

Major Gary A. Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator, states, "The Salvation Army is very dedicated to helping parents maintain a sense of normalcy and dignity so Christmas can truly be a blessed event for their family. This small gesture of purchasing a toy for a child can help to make another person's life less overwhelming."

To make a tax deductible contribution to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign:

• Visit www.salvationarmyqc.org

• Call 800-SAL-ARMY

• Send a check or money order payable to The Salvation Army to: 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Donations collected during the Red Kettle Campaign are used for the following services: 80,000 freshly prepared meals served and 31,000 nights of shelter provided at the Family Service Center; 2,300 Christmas Food Boxes for families and individuals and 6,000 toys for children in need; nursing home visits to lonely seniors; and weekly character building programs serving hundreds of Quad Cities youth, and much, much more.

2014 Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30pm

NorthPark Mall: JCPenney/Orange Julius Corner

near Armed Services Recruitment Office Entrance

    • Red Kettle Campaign Goal will be revealed by Mayors Bob Gallagher and Scott Raes.

    • Sunshine's Show Choir, three children's vocalist groups, will perform.

    • Salvation Army Advisory Board Chair Steve Garrington and Quad Cities Coordinator Major Gary Felton to host.

This campaign is a community-wide effort and The Salvation Army's most important fund raiser of the year. 60% of the annual budget is raised during these six weeks.

To volunteer: please sign up at www.ringbells.org


Three Days a Week: October 27 - Dec 5

Quad Cities: The Salvation Army's Christmas Assistance Program - a community wide effort - is The Salvation Army's largest outreach event each year. Last year, for example, more than 4,000 toys and gifts were distributed to 1,935 children and more than 1,900 households received food.

Families who would like to receive assistance during the holidays must register and complete the application process before December 5th.

Registration Location in Scott County, IOWA:  3400 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport 563-391-5325

Registration Location in Rock Island County, ILLINOIS:  2200 - 5th Avenue, Moline 309-764-6996

Registration Dates and Times for both Locations:

Mondays– 12:00PM to 2:30PM October 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; and December 1

Wednesdays– 1:00PM to 4:00PM October 29; November 5, 12, 19; and December 3

Fridays– 11:00AM to 2:00PM October 31; November 7, 14, 21; and December 5

What to bring: (Applications cannot be taken without the items below)

1. Adults: a. Picture ID with valid date, b. Social Security card & c. Proof of address (2 pieces of mail)

2. Children: a. Social Security Cards or b. Medical Cards or c. Birth certificates for each child.

3. Proof of: a. Household Income & b. Federal or State Benefits.

The list of people being assisted is shared with other agencies in the area, so that there is no duplication of service and so that everyone who needs assistance will be able to find it.





The Salvation Army Announces the 2014 Project Bundle Up Collection Event

Quad Cities, USA: As families find it harder and harder to make ends meet, The Salvation Army asks the community to step in and help children stay warm this coming winter. The Project Bundle Up Event hosted by KWQC TV-6 makes donating easy. This heart-warming event is sponsored by Floor Trader.

WHERE: KWQC TV-6 at 805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA

WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 2014

HOURS: 6:00am - 6:30pm

The Salvation Army will deliver thousands of cold weather clothing items to Quad Cities' elementary & middle schools to fill the needs of students who arrive at school without these essential items. School teachers are on the frontlines watching for children who come to school without mittens & gloves, hats, socks, underwear, and scarves, and Project Bundle Up fills this need.


"The need increases every year. Last year's delivery to 27 schools was over 7,000 items, and that was a really cold winter - we know they were put to good use!" stated Patty Mixdorf, Event Coorindator at The Salvation Army.

Donations can also be mailed, marked "Project Bundle Up," to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 3972, Davenport, IA 52808. A gift of any size by October 31, 2014 will greatly help!

Quad Cities, IA/IL: Hundreds of Red Kettle Campaign bell ringers will be needed this season to help stand all fifty Quad Cities Red Kettle Locations. The hours can be as few as 8 hours per week, and as many as 40 hours per week. The bell ringing campaign will begin Friday, November 7, 2014.

The applications will be taken in ROCK ISLAND COUNTY beginning October 6th:

2200 -5th Avenue, Moline, IL

Monday through Friday 9am - 1pm

The applications will be taken in SCOTT COUNTY beginning October 1st:

3400 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport, IA

Mondays 12pm - 3pm

Wednesdays and Fridays 9am - 3pm

Social security card and current photo id are required to be hired.

Volunteers are also sought: If you are interested in becoming a volunteer bell ringer, please go to www.ringbells.org for easy sign-up.

82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to sustain

year-round programs that foster hope, and help change lives.


Soon you'll be hearing the bells again!

Quad Cities: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities is seeking energetic individuals and groups to spread Christmas cheer as volunteer bell ringers for the 2014 Red Kettle Campaign. Ringing sites are available in Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis and Milan.

Beginning Wednesday, October 1st, interested volunteers can register by going online to www.ringbells.org or by calling Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072. Volunteer shifts are two hours at a variety of ringing locations; some locations offer in-door bell ringing. Bell ringing shifts are available from Nov. 7 through Dec. 24, excluding Sundays.

Those who are unable to volunteer their time as a bell ringer this Christmas season, but wish to support The Salvation Army can sponsor a kettle for $100 per day.

Funds collected at the red kettles go toward The Salvation Army's 2014 Red Kettle Campaign. Donations collected will allow The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities to continue to Do the Most Good® by providing shelter, clothing, meals, and a wide range of programs and emergency services throughout the year to those in need within the community.

To make a tax deductible contribution to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign:

• Visit www.salvationarmyqc.org

• Call 800-SAL-ARMY

• Send a check or money order payable to The Salvation Army to: 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Donations collected during the Red Kettle Campaign are used for the following services: 80,000 freshly prepared meals served and 31,000 nights of shelter provided at the Family Service Center; 2,300 Christmas Food Boxes and 5,000 toys for families and individuals in need; nursing home visits to lonely seniors; and weekly character building programs serving hundreds of Quad Cities youth, and much, much more.


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Davenport, IA: All of the Quad Cities community is invited to attend The Salvation Army's Shredding Event in downtown Davenport on Friday. A Cintas shredding truck will be on-site, and for a small $10 donation, you can pull right behind the building, pop the trunk or hand us your shredding, and be on your way!

DATE: Friday, September 26th

TIME: 11am - 2pm

PLACE: Family Service Center, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803

The Salvation Army Family Service Center is home to approximately 100 people every night of the year. Homeless families are provided with intense case work, connections to valuable life-improving programs, and basic human needs. Your donation will feed, house and clothe people who have no where else to turn during their personal disasters.

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