Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) VolunteersDeploy Throughout Illinois & Iowa

QUAD CITIES, USA: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) volunteers are being deployed to serve meals and provide emotional and spiritual support to those affected by the floods in Ottawa, IL and Canton, IL.

The spring flooding of 2013 has caused great water damage to property and left people homeless throughout the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

The Salvation Army served 100+ cups of hot coffee and 200+ snacks to the city-employed sandbaggers on the Mississippi River on a very cold April evening. Steve Garrington, Quad Cities EDS Director, states that "The Salvation Army's mission is to provide a compassionate response to the Quad Cities and the surrounding areas, as well as Boston, west Texas, everywhere there is human need."

After the Barstow Levy breach, The Salvation Army supplied the Carbon Cliff/Barstow Fire Department 200 flood clean up kits. The department's staff walked door to door with the kits to be sure every home had adequate access to assistance.
Another 50 clean up kits were forwarded to East Moline Fire Stations by the Rock Island County Health Department. The Scott County Health Department is waiting for the waters to recede before they make the Salvation Army-provided clean up kits available.

Monetary donations may be sent to your local Salvation Army, online at www.salvationarmyusa.org, byphone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.


red_kettle.jpg Davenport, IA: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities once again met its Red Kettle Campaign goal thanks to the remarkable generosity of the Quad Cities community. A total of $740,622 was collected. That goal consisted of direct mail, red kettle donations and year-end contributions. The $725,000 fund-raising goal accounts for approximately 60 percent of the local Salvation Army's operating budget that is generated from public support.

The funds will help The Salvation Army meet the demand for services for shelter, food, clothing and other basic human needs here in the Quad Cities. "The Salvation Army's work is simply not possible without the people of this community who believe in
what we do. And I'd like to share with them the greatest joys of the season: the warm embraces, tears of joy, handshakes and 'thank yous' from the thousands of families they helped serve," said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.

During the 2012 Christmas season, The Salvation Army makes Christmas much brighter for thousands of families in need locally. And more than 2,000 volunteer hours were given in order to make all of the Christmas season's programs possible.

More than 7,000 toys (games, books, stuffed animals and toys of all kinds) were donated through the Angel Tree program. Through the 2012 Christmas Distribution program 2,143 children from 1,036 families had a happy Christmas morning. Food boxes were also distributed to an additional 458 households without children. Combined, The Salvation Army distributed food and gifts to 1,494 families totaling 8,623 people in need in the Quad Cities.

"The statistics mentioned are only a reflection of the many people whose lives were impacted because of YOU! We are grateful to everyone who supported this year's Christmas program, either by supporting the red kettles, purchasing gifts for families, volunteering your precious time, supporting our efforts by spreading the word and encouraging others to participate or praying for the program itself and those we have the honor of serving," said the Major.

Two special match programs contributed to the success of this year's campaign. Hiland Toyota made a large gift that was matched through the Toyota Dealer Match Program. And for the second year in a row, Von Maur matched all donations placed in the Red Kettles at the malls on December 22nd.

The Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fund raiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money to support programs for the very neediest in communities nationwide providing toys for kids, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. From its humble beginnings as a fund raiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable outreach efforts in the United States.

Your Donation will Double On Saturday, December 22nd !

Quad Cities, USA: Von Maur, the locally owned fashion department store, will sponsor their second annual Red Kettle Match Day for The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities.

On Saturday, December 22nd, Von Maur will make a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $10,000 to Quad Cities red kettles at Northpark and Southpark Malls. The four locations include the 4-foot tall red kettles inside the malls and the food court kettles.

During these difficult economic times, donations are needed more than ever as the number of people requesting services from The Salvation Army continues to rise. The Salvation Army asks the community to take VON MAUR up on their challenge in order to maximize gifts made to The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities.

"We have seen the impact of Salvation Army first hand and appreciate the work they do for the community. We are proud to support this important organization," said Jim von Maur, President.

"The Salvation Army is so pleased to partner again with such a notable and admired business in our community," said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities coordinator for The Salvation Army.

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: www.usc.salvationarmy.org/quadcities

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

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 http://www.salvationarmy.org/quadcities.

The Salvation Army Announces FILL THE TRUCK (with Toys) Event In Partnership with Wal-Mart

Saturday, December 8th, 9am - 5pm

Quad Cities, USA: The Angel Tree toy collection is off to a very very slow start this year. More needy families have completed applications than last year, and not nearly enough toys are being donated to fill the need.

A Special Salvation Army FILL THE TRUCK Event will take place 9am to 5pm on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at all four area Wal-Marts.

The Salvation Army is depending on this additional event will make the donation of a toy as easy as possible for the donors.

Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator for The Salvation Army, states that "Every child in our community should wake up Christmas morning to a new toy, and at this rate there will be a lot of children who will think Santa decided they were bad!"

Last year, thousands of toys were displayed at The Salvation Army's Toy Shop on the Christmas Assistance distribution days. Parents or guardians were able to find the toys that would suit their children. The new Toy Shop style distribution has helped The Salvation Army make sure EVERY child receives a toy. For more information on how to give a gift, please find the Angel Tree at an area Wal-Marts or either of the Malls. If you are interested in becoming a Toy Shop Escort, please go to www.ringbells.org for easy sign-up.

Any way you can get help or get involved will make your own Christmas even brighter.


For the sixth consecutive holiday season, The Hungry Hobo restaurants in the Quad Cities will partner with The Salvation Army by collecting donations in the iconic Red Kettles throughout the Red Kettle Campagin and into January.

These smaller kettles, all donated by The Hungry Hobo, will sit on the countertops of all local Hungry Hobo restaurants collecting change and dollar bills. It is another example of a simple act that can help a person or family in crisis. "Hungry Hobo customer donations help us house and feed hundreds of people at the Family Service Center - 15 families for a month to be exact.

The Hungry Hobo employees' enthusiasm is a big part of this campaign's success," states Holly Nomura, Development Director.

When you see a counter kettle at your favorite Hungry Hobo location, please give generously and make sure to thank them for hosting the kettle. "The Hungry Hobo is honored to be able to partner with The Salvation Army to help the needy throughout the Quad-City area," said Pryce T. Boeye, President, CEO of The Hungry Hobo.

In fact, 82 cents of every dollar you put into the counter kettle sustains The Salvation Army's life-transforming programs which include shelter, food and clothing for individuals and families with no where else to turn.

Please dine at the following twelve locations where you can find Salvation Army counter kettles:

The Twelve Hungry Hobo Locations are:

  • 320 Spruce Hills Drive, Bettendorf
  • 4810 Elmore Avenue, Davenport
  • 903 E. Kimberly Rd. (Old Town), Davenport
  • 1432 W. Locust St., Davenport
  • 1640 W. 53rd Street, Davenport
  • 1109 Canal Shore Drive, LeClaire
  • 4101 44th Avenue, Moline
  • 1635 Ave. of the Cities (Browning Field), Moline
  • 4117 Kennedy Drive (Kennedy Square), East Moline
  • 1842 18th Avenue, East Moline
  • 902 W. 4th Street, Miland
  • 2532 18th Avenue, Rock Island



Quad Cities, USA - Volunteers to operate the Angel Tree tables are desperately needed. Shifts are available, and sign up is easy on www.ringbells.org. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program is once again helping area families by collecting toys for children this holiday season. This annual holiday program provides new toys for approximately 3,000 children whose families are having a
hard time adding Christmas gifts to their budget.

On Black Friday, November 25, Macerich Malls will again partner with The Salvation Army to collect new, unwrapped toys inside the malls at the "Angel Trees." Hours will be 10am - 8pm Monday through Saturday, and 12pm - 5pm on Sunday.

Paper angel tags listing the age, gender and toy ideas are available at these locations: Younkers Court in SouthPark Mall, Moline, and JCPenney Court in NorthPark Mall, Davenport.

Holly Nomura, Development Director for the Quad Cities, states, "The Salvation Army offers so many ways to feel connected during the holiday season, this may be the right opportunity for people who would rather be indoors."

More about the QUAD CITIES Angel Trees

• Over 3,000 children will be served again this year because of our community's generosity.

• Gifts for 11-and 12-year-olds are especially needed.

• When a child of poverty receives a toy Christmas morning, the parents regain hope and the child has a happy memory to build on.

QUAD CITIES, USA: The first gold coin of the season was dropped in the red kettle at Bettendorf, IA's Schnucks Market. That is the first time on record that a gold coin was found on the very first day of The Salvation Army's most important fund raising activity of the year. The coin, a ¼ ounce American Gold Eagle, will be used for The Salvation Army's work in the Quad Cities.

This single coin helps to make possible The Salvation Army's life-transforming services, such as food and shelter, to people in the Quad Cities who have no where else to turn during their time of hardship.

The Red Kettle campaign runs from November 9th through December 24th and volunteer bell ringers are desperately needed. Please go to www.ringbells.org for easy sign up.

DID THE GOLD COIN TRADITION START in the Quad Cities or in Crystal Lake, IL?

Somebody beat us to Wikipedia, but here in the Quad Cities, we think it was a Quad Citian that started this tradition!

WIKIPEDIA STATES: A tradition has developed in the United States where, in some places, gold coins are anonymously inserted into the kettles in which the bell ringers collect donations. The tradition appears to have started in the Midwest when the first known drop
of a gold coin was put into a kettle in Crystal Lake, Illinois in 1982.[2] Since this drop, many others have taken to dropping not only gold coins,[3] but also other bullion and rare coins, gold medals,[4] and jewelry.

The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities would like to know - does anyone remember the first time they heard about the gold coin being dropped in the kettle? If you do, please call Holly at 563-324-4808.
2012 Red Kettle Campaign Kick?Off

Friday, November 9, 2012, 6:30pm