Quad Cities, USA: The ninth Annual Project Bundle Up Campaign helps meet the cold weather clothes needs of Quad Cities school children. This Collection Campaign is winding down for 2012, and The Salvation Army is asking for your donations.

On Saturday, November 3rd, both QC Iowa Wal-Marts will be hosting the Project Bundle Up Campaign from 10am - 5pm. Wal-Mart customers will be asked to purchase the items in the store and return them to the volunteers. This campaign has already taken place at the QC Illinois Wal-Marts.

In addition, items can be dropped off in NorthPark Mall at Guest Services in Younkers Court, or in SouthPark Mall at Guest Services located in the mall office until November 10th. 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 Salvation Army of the Quad Cities
Announces the Christmas Assistance Program

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, over 5,000 gifts were distributed to 2,300
children and over 1,900 homes received food.

Families who would like to receive assistance during the holidays must register and complete the application
process before December 7th.

Registration Information in IOWA
3400 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport 563-391-5325

Mondays?October 29; November 5, 12, 15, 19, 26; December 3: 11am-2pm

Wednesdays? October 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5: 2pm-5pm

Fridays?November 2, 9, 16, 30: 11am-2pm

Last Chance Friday?December 7: 11am-2pm

Registration Information in ILLINOIS
2200 - 5th Avenue, Moline 309-764-6996

Mondays?November 5, 12, 19: 11am-2pm

Wednesdays?November 7, 14, 21: 2pm-5pm

Fridays?November 2, 9, 16: 11am-2pm

Last Chance Friday?December 7: 11am-2pm

What to bring: Applications will not 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.

Generous Quad Cities residents make this program possible with their monetary donations, as well as
donations of toys through the Angel Giving Trees. Beginning November 3, Angel Trees will be displayed at all
QC Wal-Marts. NorthPark and SouthPark Mall will again host trees in their JC Penney and Younkers Courts,
respectively, starting November 23.

To volunteer as a bell ringer, please go to www.ringbells.org.

Quad Cities, IA: Red Kettle Campaign bell ringers are still needed this season in Scott County to help raise money for The Salvation Army's life changing programs. 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 9, 2012.

The applications will be taken at The Salvation Army's Community Center in Davenport: 3400 W. Central Park Avenue Monday through Friday 9am-3pm.  Please bring your social security card and current photo id in order 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.

Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to sustain year-round programs that foster hope, and help change lives.


The Salvation Army Announces the 2012 Project Bundle Up Campaign with new collection locations at NorthPark and SouthPark Malls

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 ninth Annual Project Bundle Up Campaign begins today.

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 A new way to donate to this much-needed program is located in the Quad Cities Malls! Items can be dropped off in NorthPark Mall at Guest Services in Younkers Court, or in SouthPark Mall at Guest Services located in the mall office.

"The need increases every year. Last year's delivery to 23 schools was over 4,000 items, and yet we received calls a few weeks later from schools seeing if we had any more!" stated Holly Nomura, Development Director 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 22, 2012 will greatly help!

Businesses are also asked to do a collection drive. For further information, please call Holly Nomura at 563-324-4808.


Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army, Wal-Mart and Johannes Bus Service will host the Second Annual Stuff the Bus Event at all four Quad Cities area Wal-Marts.

DATE: Saturday, July 28, 2012

TIME: 10am - 6pm

PLACE: All four Quad Cities area Wal-Marts

The First Day Project unites Quad City area school supply drives to meet the needs of students who require help in obtaining school supplies. Nearly 20,000 students in Quad City schools are from families with incomes low enough to be eligible for Free & Reduced fee waivers for school meals and fees. Some of Quad City area school have an average as high as 60% of students qualifying for Free & Reduced. The First Day Project will supply thousands of Quad City students with the items they need to start their school year with confidence.

Shoppers are encouraged to purchase school supplies and bring them to the school bus so that our community's low-income, homeless, or needy children will be prepared on the first day of school. Items needed include loose-leaf paper, spiral notebooks, colored and regular pencils and pencil boxes, pocket folders, pens, crayons, glue sticks, tissues, backpacks, scissors, erasers, washable markers, watercolor paints, dry erase markers, and hand sanitizer.

Monetary contributions can also be sent to the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, 852 Middle Road, Suite 100, Bettendorf, Iowa, 52722. Donate Online: Go to www.cfgrb.org and click on "donate now." Donations can be designated to a particular school district if noted on the check.



Report Highlights Importance of Giving Back During 59th Annual National Salvation Army Week

(Alexandria, VA) May 16, 2012 - The American public is largely sympathetic to people in need, but drastically misunderstands the causes of poverty, according to a new report, "Perceptions of Poverty: The Salvation Army's Report to America," released today by The Salvation Army. Among other eye-opening statistics, the report showed that while 38 percent of Americans have received assistance from a charitable group in their lifetime, another 27 percent of Americans believe that laziness is a root cause of poverty. Still, an overwhelming majority continues to donate to charities to help others in need.

The report was based on a survey of more than 1,000 Americans, conducted in February 2012 by a third-party research firm in advance of the 59th annual National Salvation Army Week, celebrated this year from May 14-20.

"This report highlights the critical issue of poverty at a time when many Americans are struggling to get by," said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. "It is more important than ever to raise awareness of not only the public's perception of poverty, but also the programs available to those in need. With the public's support, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance."

According to the survey commissioned by The Salvation Army and conducted on Vision Critical's Springboard America panel, nearly 40 percent of Americans have requested help, including housing, food, financial and other assistance, from charitable organizations at some point in their lives. In particular, Americans with lower household incomes are much more likely to have experienced a lack of shelter, or a need to request assistance from a charitable group.

Thirty-eight percent of Americans have received assistance from a charitable group, including food from food banks or financial assistance/housing support.

Thirteen percent of Americans reported having spent a night in a shelter or on the street due to a loss of housing.

Additionally, a majority of Americans believe people living in poverty deserve a helping hand, and sympathize with the challenges that people living in poverty face on a daily basis.

  • Eighty-eight percent of Americans believe people living in poverty deserve a helping hand.
  • Eighty-four percent of Americans believe it is almost impossible to survive on your own on minimum wage.
  • Seventy-five percent of Americans believe helping poor families sets up children from those families for success.
  • Sixty percent of Americans believe it is difficult to escape poverty once becoming poor.
  • However, there are a significant minority of Americans who are skeptical of the realities and reasons for poverty.
  • Notably, the further a person is from poverty, the less common he or she believes poverty is in society.
  • Forty-nine percent of Americans believe a good work ethic is all a person needs to escape poverty.
  • Forty-three percent of Americans believe people living in poverty can always find a job if they really want to work, with twenty-seven percent of Americans reporting that people are poor because they are lazy.
  • Twenty-nine percent of Americans believe poor people usually have lower moral values.

In total, Americans believe approximately thirty-four percent of the general population is living in poverty. However, Americans who earn less than $25,000 a year believe forty percent of the population lives in poverty, while Americans who earn at least $50,000 a year believe twenty-seven percent live in poverty.

The Perceptions of Poverty report, which can be viewed on The Salvation Army's website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, comes as The Salvation Army celebrates the 59th annual National Salvation Army Week with a variety of events and activities to honor donors, supporters and beneficiaries of Salvation Army programs. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954, proclaiming, "Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all."

"We are proud to celebrate our donors, volunteers and supporters, not only during National Salvation Army Week but every day throughout the year," said Major Hood. "As President Eisenhower recognized nearly sixty years ago, The Salvation Army is dedicated to serving our neighbors, families and friends in communities throughout America, and we want to take this time to give thanks to each person who makes this possible."

Since The Salvation Army began its social service work in the United States in 1880, the organization has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the country. Each year, The Salvation Army directly supports 30 million Americans through a variety of programs including transitional and family shelters, feeding programs, senior centers, adult rehabilitation, education, athletic programs for kids and more.

Though the dates have changed since the first National Salvation Army Week, the work of The Salvation Army has not. The Salvation Army is calling upon all Americans to consider donating money or volunteering time to charities and organizations fighting poverty in local communities. Donors and volunteers can learn more about The Salvation Army, including further information regarding the Perceptions of Poverty report and National Salvation Army Week, by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used Wednesday, May 16, 2012 to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.


Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army's 700 lb. red kettle will be placed outside Modern Woodmen Park for the April 26th baseball game: Quad Cities River Bandits against the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Baseball fans are encouraged to purchase toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, dinner napkins or baby wipes. Fans will receive $1 in Bandit Bucks for each item they donate, up to three items.

The paper product drive will help to stock the personal hygiene closet at the Family Service Center.

The Family Service center is the Quad Cities' only fully intact family shelter in the Quad Cities, and houses 105 homeless people each night 65% of the residents are children. An additional 75-130 community members go to the Family Service Center each night for their evening meal, Monday through Saturday.

WHAT: Paper Products Drive

WHERE: Modern Woodmen Park, in front of the stadium

DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2012

TIME: 5:30pm - 7:00pm, game begins at 7pm