Best bBell ringer had accident while volunteering in kitchen at Family Service Center

Quad Cities, USA: December 15, 2011 - The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign has lost its most special bell ringer due to a fall. If you have been to NorthPark Mall near Younker's Court this season, you may have met Captain Ray in her old-fashioned Salvation Army bonnet. Captain Ray is an 89-years-old retired Salvation Army officer and follows Majors Gary and Karen Felton to their appointed community each Christmas to bell ring for the entire season. She will not be able to finish 2011, though, and the donations lost will be in the thousands of dollars.

Volunteer Bell Ringers are needed to help collect donations now more than ever. The sign up is easy at You can choose the day, time and location of your choice.

You can get involved with The Salvation Army's Christmas programs to make your own Christmas even brighter by purchasing a toy for a child at a Wal-Mart Angel Tree - the Angel Tree program has been extended to Sunday, December 18th due to a 10% increase in need over 2010.

Captain Ray's fall occurred in the kitchen while she was volunteering at the Family Service Center. After a week of rest and still no recovery, a second x-ray showed a fractured hip and hip replacement surgery was scheduled immediately. She would appreciate your prayers for a speedy recovery. Get-well cards can be sent to: 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803. ###

Thousands of Toys are still needed!  Red Kettle Campaign Donations are $400,000 short of goal!

Quad Cities, USA: December 9, 2011 - The Salvation Army will collect and provide over 6,000 toys to area children this Christmas. But with just six collection days to go, they are in great need of thousands more toys. Toys are especially needed for boys & girls, ages 11-12 and ages 3-7. The Salvation Army's Angel Trees are located at all four area Wal-Marts, SouthPark Mall, Younkers Court; and NorthPark Mall, JCPenney Court.

Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator, exclaims "I cannot explain why the toys are coming in so slowly this year - this is a very generous and compassionate community. Please Don't Forget to think of your needy neighbors."  He adds, "The Red Kettle Campaign raises 70% of our annual budget and still has a long way to go. The monies collected provide shelter, food and other basic needs to families and individuals in crisis. We depend on the generosity of each individual in the Quad Cities to be able provide our services. We try not to think about falling short of the goal - we simply cannot fallshort this year."

You can become involved with The Salvation Army's Christmas programs to make your own Christmas even brighter - many of the volunteer opportunities, like shopping for toys from the Angel Tree, become memorable family traditions. Volunteer bell ringers are also needed - easy sign up at


Businesses, Club, Churches are Asked to Step Up to the Plate Quad Cities, IA/IL: Hundreds more Red Kettle Campaign volunteer bell ringers are needed to help collect donations at all fifty Quad Cities Red Kettle Locations.

In order to cut costs now and in the future, The Salvation Army needs to have an "army" of volunteer bell ringers. Major Gary Felton states, "The 5-year plan is to reduce our paid bell ringers by 20% each year. Last year, 1,000 hours of bell ringing was covered by volunteers, if we can increase it another 3,000 - we could eliminate the paid bell ringers and save thousands and thousands of dollars. I've been in appointments, namely Green Bay, where volunteers do all of the bell ringing, and we need the Quad Cities can do it."

Louie Alongi of KKJW Engineering Consultants has been coordinating his company's bell ringing activities for years had this to say, "I hope more business leaders will step up to the plate to volunteer and also make a donation on behalf of their employees. Each year, while we are bell ringing, community members will tell us that more businesses and their employees should participate with the Red Kettle efforts of The Salvation Army."

Churches, Service Clubs, Businesses, and other clubs are asked to Adopt a Kettle for a day. Please go to 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.

Davenport, IA - The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign was in full swing this weekend and received its first gold coin of the season. The quarter-ounce coin was placed in the kettle last Wednesday at Schnucks Market in Bettendorf. In years past the coins received in the Quad Cities were put in Moline, Illinois kettles.

"It is very exciting to receive this coin in Davenport. In realistic terms for The Salvation Army, this coin could help provide shelter to three families for one week, or feed 10 children residing at the Family Service Center for an entire month, or help provide day camp services to 20 children this summer," stated Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.

The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army's largest yearly fundraiser, raising 70% of their annual budget. The donations received support The Salvation Army's life-transforming services throughout the Quad Cities.

The Red Kettle campaign runs from November 11 through December 24. The goal of the campaign is $700,000. With the gold coin, the total-to-date stands at just over $183,000.

The Salvation Army is still making a plea for donations, any amount will help; but also for a gift of time. Volunteer bell ringers are needed. Please go to for an easy, quick sign up. Or call Holly Nomura at 563-271-7933 for more information.
QUAD CITIES, USA: Here in the Quad Cities, and all across the country, an electronic alternative is
available for people who do most of their shopping on-line.

§  Jcpenney and The Salvation Army have joined forces again this Christmas season to spread cheer to
even more children, teens and seniors in need through the Angel Giving Tree online program.

§  From now through Dec. 13, customers will be able to visit and participate in an online
version of The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program, enabling customers to provide gifts to children,
teens and seniors who, due to financial hardship, may not otherwise receive a Christmas gift.

§  The online Angel Giving Tree program builds on the legacy of The Salvation Army's Angel Giving Tree
program that has been an annual Christmas tradition for more than 40 years.

§  Customers can choose to adopt an Angel in any community by searching by zip code, city and state, age
and gender. The angel adoption process takes less than 10 minutes, which is followed by a confirmation
email that includes the Angel's wish list and information on where to ship your gifts.

§  This year, supporters have the option of adopting 10 or more angels as part of a new group adoption
feature. Adopting angels as a group enables companies, churches, civic organizations or online
communities to manage the group adoption process online by using the "create a group" function on

§  In order to ensure delivery by Christmas, all adoptions and gift purchases made on must be
completed before Dec. 9, otherwise you have until Dec. 13 to purchase a jcpenney gift card.

§  Angel Giving Tree gifts purchased through can be shipped free of charge to one of 1,200
Salvation Army collection centers nationwide - putting the entire selection, shopping and delivery process
at the customer's fingertips.

§  Jcpenney is the only retailer to offer Salvation Army Angel adoptions online. In 2010, nearly 70,000 angels
were adopted online and together, jcpenney and the Army hope to far exceed that number in 2011.

§  Each year, The Salvation Army helps more than 4 million people through social service programs during
Christmas. The Angel Giving Tree program is one way a small gift can bring joy to a Salvation Army
Angel this Christmas season.


For the fifth 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.

But this year, a 12th kettle has been added in their new LeClaire location complete with a beautiful riverfront view!

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. "Every year, the Hungry Hobo customers astound us with their generosity," 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 eleven locations where you can find Salvation Army counter kettles:

The Twelve Hungry Hobo Locations are:

  1. Bettendorf: 2320 Spruce Hills Drive
  2. Davenport: 4810 Elmore Avenue
  3. Davenport: 903 E. Kimberly Rd. (Old Town)
  4. Davenport:1432 W. Locust St.
  5. Davenport: 1640 W. 53rd Street
  6. LeClaire: 1109 Canal Shore Drive
  7. Moline: 4101 44th Avenue,
  8. Moline: 1635 Ave. of the Cities (Browning Field)
  9. East Moline: 4117 Kennedy Drive (Kennedy Square),
  10. East Moline: 1842 18th Avenue
  11. Milan: 902 W. 4th Street
  12. Rock Island: 2532 18th Avenue


Bring joy to a child this holiday

Quad Cities, USA- 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 children of families who are are having a hard time adding Christmas gifts to their budget.

Starting on Saturday, November 5, all four local Wal-Marts will have a tree decorated with paper angel tags listing the age, gender and toy ideas. 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 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. Your donation of toys, time, talent or money will be a simple act that will help to ease the challenges in another person's life."


Paints and Restores part of the century old building that houses the homeless and provides evening meals to the community.

Davenport Oscar Mayer Plant Supports The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities' Family Service Center @ 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport

QUAD CITIES, USA - Twenty Kraft Foods employees from the Davenport Oscar Mayer plant will roll up their sleeves this Thursday to help The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities brighten up an entire section of their building. The 20 volunteers will be using their time and energy to assist the less fortunate as part of the company's annual "Delicious Difference Week." The benefactor is the Family Service Center, a Salvation Army program working to help the homeless and displaced population and feed an average of 100 people from the community each evening. The Oscar Mayer staff will mend, restore and paint the 2,600 sqft. area referred to as the "Meal Site."

"The Meal Site program has been uncommonly busy this summer and fall. This renovation provided by Kraft Foods will be an enormously noticeable difference. Dignity is fostered in clean orderly surroundings." said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.

The Family Service Center, the only family shelter in the Quad Cities area, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport provides housing to approximately 32 families every night. Right now, there are 47 children living at the Center. Over a year's time, over 40,000 meals will be served and 19,000 nights of shelter provided.

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 82 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 -###### -