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  • Charities Also Filing For Bankruptcy (Gays Hit Hardest)

    02/20/2009 2:38:02 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 19 replies · 803+ views
    All Headline News ^ | February 20, 2009 | AHN Staff
    Washington, D.C (AHN) - Aside from Wall Street companies and other business enterprises, a rise in bankruptcy filings among nonprofit groups has been observed in the U.S. Included in those filing for Chapter 11 are charitable organizations. There is no data on the number of nonprofit groups that have filed for bankruptcy, although experts said Chapter 11 filings are becoming more common as the non-profits are under pressure from donors to run like a business enterprise. The charity Glass Youth and Family Services in Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy Tuesday as the organization grappled with dipping state reimbursements, spiraling costs...
  • $50,000 Gift Left in Salvation Army Pots

    12/23/2008 1:59:11 PM PST · by FRGOPPER · 20 replies · 606+ views
    AOL ^ | Dec, 22 | AP
    JOPLIN, Mo. (Dec. 22) - An anonymous donor has come through again for the Salvation Army, dropping five cashier's checks for $10,000 each into kettles at the city's two Wal-Mart stores. It's the fifth straight year someone has given $50,000 to the Salvation Army's annual holiday fundraiser without taking credit for the generous gesture. And while Capt. Jason Poff says he doesn't budget for the money in advance, but he admits that it's something he does hope for each year.
  • Beyond the red kettle: Salvation Army helps throughout the year

    12/18/2008 9:11:03 PM PST · by advance_copy · 5 replies · 495+ views
    Salem Gazette ^ | 12/18/08 | Kerry Halley-Skelton
    Salem - During the Christmas season, their red kettles are a standard outside the entrances of many retail stores, but after the holidays are over, the Salvation Army’s mission does not stop. They continue to help those in need, especially during these economically tight times. Through their Emergency Assistance and Family Services Bureau, the Salvation Army helps families pay for rent, utilities and food. They get funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the United Way and other private donations, as well as group efforts with Project Bread and other foundations. When the situation calls for it, the Salvation Army...
  • Activist who fought bell ringers explains motives (Salvation Army story)

    12/18/2008 3:43:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 32 replies · 874+ views
    OC Register ^ | 12-16-08 | LOU PONSI
    BREA - The man who prompted the U.S. Postal Service to shoo away Salvation Army bell ringers says he just wants the law obeyed. Postal Service regulations prohibit any organization from soliciting on its properties. But Salvation Army bell ringers had been allowed to become a mainstay in front of the Brea post office during the holidays for 25-plus years. On Nov. 24, when Sean Thomas saw the iconic bell ringers at the Birch Street post office – staffed by employees of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union – he decided to speak up. The Salvation Army is a Christian organization....
  • Please give generously to "Winter Holiday!"

    12/18/2008 11:40:44 AM PST · by pabianice · 25 replies · 779+ views
    Vanity | 12/18/08
    Been doing some shopping the past few weeks, and there, in front of several large local stores, are what were Salvation Army bell-ringers with their pots to catch donations from shoppers. Except... what are they? Gone are the Salvation Army uniforms. Gone is any mention of Christmas. Instead, what we have are volunteers dresed in civies standing in front of the old "Salvation Army Please Give this Christmas" signs that have had all mention of Christmas and the SA deleted. Plastic stickers cover the evil "Christmas" and "Salvation Army" words so the signs read, "Please give for the Winter Holiday!"...
  • Coin Worth $1,000 Dropped Into Kettle Salvation Army Says Donation Has Become Tradition

    12/17/2008 9:32:01 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 905+ views
    clickorlando ^ | December 17, 2008
    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the third year in a row, a gold coin worth about $1,000 has shown up in a Salvation Army kettle in Lee County. The Liberty Eagle coin was left Tuesday with a message on the case: "In Memory of Mimi." Salvation Army Maj. Art Penhale said the anonymous donation has become a tradition. He said the money will help 3,200 families. The Salvation Army needs to bring in $16,900 a day to reach its goal, but is averaging $13,000. Clayton Taylor is the owner of All American Coin in Fort Myers. He said the Liberty...
  • After 130 years, Sally Army told to stop rattling tins because it might 'offend other religions'

    12/16/2008 10:07:47 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 61 replies · 2,732+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 12/15/08 | Paul Harris
    For 130 years they have been part of Christmas, filling the air in towns across the land with music and carols. But one thing is missing from the repertoire of Salvation Army bands this year - the percussion of rattling tins. Members have been forbidden to shake their charity tins - even if it's done in time to the music - in case it harasses or intimidates people. One said she had been told it might also offend other religions. Tin man: Salvation Army collectors have been told not to rattle their tins as it could be construed as religious...
  • Salvation Army Told to Stop Rattling Collection Tins... It Might Offend Other Religions

    12/15/2008 7:37:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 614+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 15, 2008 | Gateway Pundit
    After 130 years of raising money at Christmas time, the Salvation Army is now telling members to quit rattling their collection tins.It may offend other religions.The Daily Mail reported: For 130 years they have been part of Christmas, filling the air in towns across the land with music and carols. But one thing is missing from the repertoire of Salvation Army bands this year - the percussion of rattling tins. Members have been forbidden to shake their charity tins - even if it's done in time to the music - in case it harasses or intimidates people. One said she...
  • A Brief History of The Salvation Army

    12/02/2008 12:35:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,019+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | December 02, 2008 | Kate Pickert
    Beginning the first week of December, Salvation Army bell ringers will set up red kettles on street corners and in malls across the country, hoping to collect more than $100 million in coins and small bills. It's an old-school way of raising money and the Army knows it, so this year, the charity is supplementing its famous Red Kettle Campaign with a Twitter feed, a Facebook widget, and a cell phone text message donation program in addition to its recently introduced online kettle program. The Army, short on volunteer bell ringers, even pays some people to coax passersby into donating...
  • Sour Note: Maryland Mall Quiets Salvation Army Bells

    11/26/2008 9:22:52 PM PST · by kellynla · 45 replies · 1,520+ views ^ | Nov 26, 2008 | staff
    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A Maryland mall says Salvation Army bell ringers are making too much noise, and that's striking a sour note with merchants. The mall is asking the charity to replace the insides of bells with paper clips to keep the clanging down. Maj. Robert Lyle says the three indoor ringers at Valley Mall have replaced the clappers inside their bells. Lyle says he sympathizes with merchants who get tired of the noise. But he says the two bell-ringers located outside the mall are still at full volume. Salvation Army volunteers ring the bells to call attention to...
  • Salvation Army: We Will Take Sarah's Clothes (for possible charity fundraiser)

    10/23/2008 1:50:16 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 23 replies · 811+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 23, 2008 | Rex Huppke
    John McCain today reiterated a promise that his running mate's wardrobe -- purchased for her by the Republican National Committee -- will end up going to a good cause once the election is over. So here's good news. Calls to thrift stores across Palin's home state of Alaska have turned up a taker: The Salvation Army. "We would be delighted to be the beneficiary of the clothes from Gov. Palin," said Jenni Ragland, public relations director for the Salvation Army's office in Anchorage. "We would most likely use it in one of our fundraisers here in Alaska to help support...
  • Homosexual rights group intolerant of Salvation Army

    12/16/2001 12:49:18 PM PST · by FormerLib · 63 replies · 40+ views
    Washington Times - Letter to the Editor ^ | Decemnber 16, 2001 | Regina Griggs
    <p>I am saddened to read that Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays, or P-FLAG, is discriminating against the Salvation Army in such an extreme manner ("P-FLAG targets Salvation Army," Dec. 10).</p> <p>Evidently, P-FLAG has decided to harass the Salvation Army and cause monetary damage to its good cause because P-FLAG members have opposing beliefs. That P-FLAG would go to the extent of printing fake money to put in Salvation Army kettles demonstrates P-FLAG's intolerance for anyone who holds a different point of view. Where's the tolerance here? I urge P-FLAG to show compassion to everyone, including those who do not agree with P-FLAG's doctrine.</p>
  • Former Pastor Arrested For Child Molestation (DeLand, FL)

    06/30/2008 6:47:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 96+ views
    A former Salvation Army pastor remains in the Volusia County Jail, facing charges of lewd or lascivious molestation on a 13-year-old girl. John Chastain, 41, was the Captain Officer of the Salvation Army Church in DeLand from 1999 to 2005, and as such was the church's pastor. He's accused of luring a teenager to perform sexual acts from the time she was 13 years old until she turned 16. Chastain left the church and Volusia County Sheriff's investigators caught up with him last week in Georgia. News 13 spoke with the sister of the victim, who said Chastain was the...
  • American Red Cross: Disaster funds are depleted

    06/16/2008 6:20:36 PM PDT · by LonghornFreeper · 26 replies · 141+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 16, 2008 | AMY LORENTZEN
    DES MOINES, Iowa - The American Red Cross said on Monday that its Disaster Relief Fund is wiped out and it's being forced to borrow money to help flood victims throughout the Midwest. Jeff Towers, the organization's chief development officer, said the balance for domestic disaster relief efforts is zero. He said the American Red Cross would borrow to keep workers and volunteers in the field helping flood victims. "The Red Cross remains committed to providing the scale of services that people expect of the Red Cross when disaster strikes, and the way that we are doing that right now...
  • $10K donation goes in Salvation Army pot (Army veteran - help pay for my coffee and donuts)

    12/20/2007 5:09:59 AM PST · by IrishMike · 21 replies · 90+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Dec 19 2007
    An Army veteran who remembered getting free coffee and doughnuts from the Salvation Army decades ago gave a $10,000 check to a dumbfounded bell-ringer. "The $10,000 is to help pay for my coffee and donuts," he said in a handwritten note signed, "P.F.C." "Seems fair to me after 40+ years, with inflation and everything." The man gave the check to a volunteer outside a department store at the Exton Mall on Friday, said Capt. Gerald Morgan, a spokesman for the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. The man remembered being given coffee and doughnuts while serving in World War II and...

    12/19/2007 1:56:50 PM PST · by A Navy Vet · 24 replies · 253+ views
    self ^ | 12/19/07 | A Navy Vet
    Just wanted to remind the good people of this forum that throughout all the nastiness of politics; the ugliness of some of our own humanity; the cynicism we read about, talk about, and fall under its influence... This time of the year is a time to thank those who unselfishly give to our Troops, as well as, many many others. Operation GratitudeSalvation Army MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
  • Wal-Mart Christmas Carol Concert to Feature Rick Warren

    12/15/2007 9:15:23 PM PST · by Terriergal · 19 replies · 281+ views
    Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores will feature their first-ever Christmas Carol Concert Friday morning, in partnership with The Salvation Army. Thu, Dec. 06, 2007 Posted: 14:26:58 PM EST Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores will feature their first-ever Christmas Carol Concert Friday morning, in partnership with The Salvation Army. The concert will be aired across the country at 9:30 a.m. in all stores and locations of the giant retailer to get shoppers into the spirit of giving this season. A special Christmas message will be given by Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life. "The holiday season is a...
  • Giving the gift of English

    12/06/2007 7:35:47 AM PST · by daylilly · 7 replies · 238+ views ^ | December 6, 2007 | Ken Blackwell
    Giving the Gift of English By Ken Blackwell Thursday, December 6, 2007 One of the most unreported stories of the past month is Democrats in Congress refusing to protect the Salvation Army and other similar organizations from lawsuits for requiring their employees to be able to speak English on the job. This policy issue is also important politically, and Republicans will benefit politically by doing the right thing. John Fund’s recent Wall Street Journal article reveals this absurd situation. Lawsuits have been brought by individuals and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against employers like the Salvation Army for requiring their...
  • Kettle cash tempting to thieves

    12/03/2007 2:38:04 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 84+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dec. 03, 2007 | DIANA MOSKOVITZ
    Kettle cash tempting to thieves Posted on Mon, Dec. 03, 2007 BY DIANA MOSKOVITZ Yes, Virginia, there are grinches out there. And they steal from the Salvation Army's red kettles. One bell ringer told police she was robbed in Lighthouse Point last month when she left her kettle for a few minutes to use the bathroom. ''That is the last thing the world needs right now,'' said Capt. Tom Louden, area commander for the Salvation Army in Broward. Such thefts are a perennial problem around the country for the Salvation Army. About 20,000 red kettles appear at storefronts...
  • Wal-Mart Partners with The Salvation Army to Ring in the Christmas Season

    11/30/2007 8:02:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 24 replies · 189+ views
    Wal-Mart ^ | Nov. 26, 2007
    On the heels of last season’s record-setting Red Kettle Campaign – in which $30 million was raised for The Salvation Army in red kettles outside Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations – the nation’s largest retailer announces today its continued support for the nonprofit organization this holiday season. This year, in addition to inviting red kettles back in front of its stores, Wal-Mart is hosting a flurry of other holiday activities aimed at raising even more money for those in need. These include: •    Bells Ringing Across America – For the second year, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates are participating in...
  • Mi Casa, Sue Casa

    11/18/2007 10:03:27 PM PST · by gpapa · 22 replies · 149+ views ^ | November 19, 2007 | John Fund
    Nancy Pelosi tries to force the Salvation Army to hire people who can't speak English It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens. Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to kill an amendment that would protect employers from federal lawsuits for requiring their workers to speak English. Among the employers targeted by such lawsuits: the Salvation Army. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a moderate Republican from Tennessee, is dumbstruck that legislation he views as simple common sense would be blocked....
  • Mi Casa, Sue Casa [Pelosi tries to force the Salvation Army to hire illegals]

    11/19/2007 7:38:11 AM PST · by milwguy · 21 replies · 180+ views
    wsj ^ | 11/19/2007 | johnfund
    It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens. Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to kill an amendment that would protect employers from federal lawsuits for requiring their workers to speak English. Among the employers targeted by such lawsuits: the Salvation Army. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a moderate Republican from Tennessee, is dumbstruck that legislation he views as simple common sense would be blocked. He noted that the full Senate passed his amendment to shield the Salvation Army by...
  • Congress in Tiff Over English-Only Rules

    11/15/2007 4:39:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 72 replies · 72+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/15/7 | ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer
    A government suit against the Salvation Army has the House and Senate at loggerheads over whether to nullify a law that prohibits employers from firing people who don't speak English on the job. The fight illustrates the explosiveness of immigration as an issue in the 2008 elections. Republicans on Capitol Hill are pushing hard to protect employers who require their workers to speak English, but Democratic leaders have blocked the move despite narrow vote tallies in the GOP's favor. For more than 30 years, federal rules have generally barred employers from establishing English-only requirements for their workers. But Senate Republicans...
  • Salvation Army Christian Major Bosshardt Dies Amid Crisis With Microsoft (recieved Yad Vashem-award)

    06/26/2007 3:55:05 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 521+ views
    BosNewsLife ^ | Juni 26 2007 | Eric Leijenaar
    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- The Netherlands' most famous soldier of the Salvation Army died Monday, June 25, just as the non-military evangelical organization tried to overcome another, financial, crisis by breaking off ties with Internet and computer giant Microsoft. 'Major Bosshardt' passed away "peacefully" in her home in Amsterdam at the age of 94, the Salvation Army said. Alida Margaretha Bosshardt became a Christian at age 18 during an open air meeting of the Salvation Army and soon became involved in social projects. During World War Two, when the Salvation Army was banned, she continued her work underground, saving the lives...
  • US Government Sues Salvation Army Because Employees Are Required To Speak English

    05/07/2007 1:27:11 PM PDT · by vaper69 · 7 replies · 515+ views
    A complaint filed at the end of March in the United States District Court District of Massachusetts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says two Hispanic workers, one's national original is the Dominican Republic, and the other's is El Salvador) were subjected to discrimination by the Salvation Army "on the basis of their national origin (Hispanic) by requiring them to comply with Defendant's English-only rule.
  • NEWT: Is the U.S. Government Out to Undermine English?

    04/30/2007 7:53:44 PM PDT · by jageorge72 · 8 replies · 824+ views
    Human Events ^ | April 30th | Newt
    "The Salvation Army operates thrift stores across the United States. In keeping with its mission to help the less fortunate, these stores both cater to lower income customers and often employ people who might have difficulty finding work elsewhere. The Salvation Army has a policy that requires its employees to speak English on the job. In a 2003 opinion, a federal judge in Boston approved of the policy as a legitimate business practice. The next year, a Salvation Army store in Framingham, Mass., did what I think most of us would agree was the right thing to do: It gave...
  • EEOC sues Salvation Army for requiring English!

    04/29/2007 11:45:06 AM PDT · by AuntB · 26 replies · 1,050+ views
    CNN/Lou Dobbs ^ | 4/26/07 | Lou Dobbs
    The EEOC has filed a...complaint accusing the Salvation Army of discrimination on the basis of national origin. At issue is a Salvation Army policy that requires its workers to speak English in the workplace. TOM TANCREDO (R): This is America. We speak English. It's better for the people who are here to learn English and actually have the ability to get ahead in life. That's what we should be encouraging. SYLVESTER: In 2003, a federal judge upheld the Salvation Army's English-only policy, ruling that it served a legitimate business purpose, promoting effective communication and helping improve productivity and efficiency. But...
  • EEOC -- Attacks The Salvation Army

    04/25/2007 9:51:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 2,237+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | April 25, 2007 | Paul M. Weyrich
    Just when you think you have heard it all, along comes a story that is almost too ridiculous to be true. But it is. The idiocy of federal bureaucracies apparently is never-ending. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which might easily be called the Department of Political Correctness, has decided to take on the Salvation Army. Yes, the Salvation Army, that phenomenally successful assistance organization which began in Great Britain over one hundred and forty-years ago. The Salvation Army, which has helped thousands of people in countries all over the world, is being sued by the EEOC. As most people...
  • The imam who twisted his faith to preach race hatred, murder and violence

    02/25/2003 10:02:04 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 300+ views
    independent ^ | February 25, 2003 | Cahal Milmo
    His style was that of a celebrity lecturer, spreading "enlightenment" in a rich baritone with the help of jokes and references to pop stars as he addressed rapt audiences the length of Britain. News of the arrival of the extremist Muslim cleric Abdullah el-Faisal would spread by word of mouth, and he attracted crowds of up to 150 people at a time. But beneath his jocular manner lay a philosophy skewed by hatred of "kuffars", or unbelievers, and shared by a web of associates allegedly leading back to Osama bin Laden.Yesterday Faisal, 39, was convicted of soliciting murder and stirring...
  • Man sues Salvation Army in religious discrimination[Catholic passed over for promotion]

    03/01/2007 9:06:23 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 171 replies · 1,384+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | February 27, 2007 | VAL WALTON
    An Anniston man has filed a federal lawsuit against the Salvation Army, contending he was illegally passed over for a position because he is Catholic. The suit filed on behalf of Anthony J. Clark contends he sought a social work opening in spring 2005 after already having worked for the Salvation Army for almost two years. The Salvation Army is a charity that operates as an evangelical effort of Christians. Its Web site says its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination. Salvation Army officials in Anniston declined comment and referred...
  • Newest Holiday Bell Ringers: Parolees

    12/15/2006 7:55:52 AM PST · by Cagey · 14 replies · 524+ views
    KIRO TV NEWS ^ | 12-14-2006
    GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Faced with a shortage of bell-ringers, the Salvation Army has turned to an unlikely source -- parolees -- to help bring in cash this holiday. Major Richard Hartman said about half of the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign bell-ringers in Johnson County are nonviolent offenders finishing up community service sentences. "When you're out there ringing the bell and wishing people a Merry Christmas you're giving back to the community," Hartman said. Greenwood City Court Judge Lewis Gregory had to approve the program because using individuals with misdemeanors like public intoxication or marijuana possession raised concerns about safety....
  • The Salvation Army: Hope and Help for Our Culture and Our Needy

    12/15/2006 7:02:42 AM PST · by kellynla · 18 replies · 448+ views ^ | Dec. 12, 2006 | Paul Weyrich
    Every year the retailers issue forecasts predicting sales. These projections are taken by many economists as leading indicators of the condition of the American economy. Much less is heard about the contributions made during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons to the Salvation Army. That's too bad. The money and goods donated might be viewed as an indicator which signifies whether our country still hews to the Judeo-Christian value of looking out for one's fellow man. The Salvation Army steps in to help people in countless ways. Whether it involves providing backpacks filled with school supplies for kids in Macomb County,...
  • State of New Jersey Replaces Target for Salvation Army

    12/25/2004 2:15:18 PM PST · by DBCJR · 8 replies · 515+ views
    "The Salvation Army represents the best of American generosity. They forget about their own comfort; they stand out in the cold, all to raise money to help those less fortunate. They represent what my administration hopes to accomplish: lending a helping hand to those in need," Codey said in a statement Friday. The red kettles, icons of the Christmas season, were shooed away from Target stores this year when the retail giant said that allowing the Salvation Army to seek donations outside its stores would be unfair to other charities wanting to solicit shoppers. Responding to Target's decision, Codey earlier...
  • Rare coin puts jingle in charity's holiday drive[1908 Indian Head-Possible $14K]

    12/07/2006 9:30:16 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 4 replies · 510+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 07 Dec 2006 | Associated Press
    Barre, Vt. — With the drop of a single coin into a Salvation Army holiday collection kettle, the group may have been enriched by as much as $14,000 (U.S.). The donated 1908 Indian head coin has a face value of $2.50, said Captain Louis Patrick. But it's worth at least at $250 and possibly as much as $14,000, according to a preliminary analysis. “I was shocked,” Patrick said. “I've heard of this happening in other places, but I've never actually seen it.” The coin was enclosed in a protective plastic case. “It was an incredibly generous thing to do,” Patrick...
  • Salvation Army serves up sharing spirit

    11/24/2006 6:04:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 1 replies · 300+ views
    The Killeen Daily Herald ^ | November 24, 2006 | Emily Baker
    Golmon Holmes has no food, no money, no family in Killeen and no electricity in his apartment, but he didn't let his troubles stop him from helping others Thursday. Holmes, 59, just spent the last of his money on rent and a security deposit on his apartment. He visits the Killeen Mission Soup Kitchen while he waits to be processed for food stamps and looks for a job. He asked around to find out where he could eat on Thanksgiving, and he learned about the Salvation Army's annual meal at First United Methodist Church. "I think it's wonderful," Holmes said...

    05/21/2006 5:40:03 AM PDT · by Liz · 21 replies · 779+ views
    NY POST ^ | May 21, 2006 | AP
    A half-dozen illegal immigrants are suing the Salvation Army under New Jersey's consumer-fraud law, claiming local officials took their money under false promises of serving as a "bridge" to gaining legal status. The lawsuit----claims the Rev. Enoc Tito Sotelo told his mostly Latino congregation at Plainfield's two-story Salvation Army church that he would help them become Americans if they each paid $4,000 and gave a $500 donation to the church. ..........a lawyer for the plaintiffs, says Sotelo and Jorge Sancho, a Salvation Army captain assigned to the Bound Brook office, used the Salvation Army's reputation to harm his clients. .....Sotelo...
  • Immigrants sue Salvation Army, claim fraud

    05/20/2006 4:07:59 PM PDT · by Dubya · 20 replies · 700+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | May 20, 2006 | Associated Press
    ELIZABETH, N.J. - A half-dozen illegal immigrants are suing the Salvation Army and two of its former local officials for consumer fraud, claiming the leaders took their money under false promises of helping them gain legal status. The lawsuit, filed Friday in state Superior Court, claims the Rev. Enoc Tito Sotelo told his mostly Latino congregation at Plainfield's Salvation Army church that he would help them become Americans if they each paid $4,000 and donated $500 to the church. Gilberto Garcia, a lawyer for the immigrants, says Sotelo and Jorge Sancho, a Salvation Army captain assigned to the Christian organization's...
  • Salvos back national service

    01/05/2006 4:44:10 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 178+ views ^ | 6 January 2006
    THE Salvation Army has backed calls by NSW Young Labor for high school students to contribute to the community through compulsory national service. "We're fully supporting this initiative," Salvation Army spokesman Pat Daley said. "There is a growing awareness in the community about the need to assist people who find themselves in difficult circumstances. "Anything that's going to educate young people about the need to assist the less fortunate is a step in the right direction." The state branch of Young Labor, the youth wing of the Australian Labor Party, supported mandatory national service for high school students as part...
  • Salvation Army Turns a Profit From a Failed Love Affair

    12/26/2005 10:47:04 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 9 replies · 1,034+ views
    LA Times ^ | Dec 23 05 | LA Times
    Allentown, PA -- A lovelorn woman or man dropped a diamond engagement ring valued at $750 to $1,000 into one of the Salvation Army's signature kettles outside a convenience store along with a note: "This ring did not bring me luck, but hopefully it will for someone else. Merry Christmas."
  • What efforts are being done to target TARGET about their anti-Christmas stand

    12/24/2005 8:35:50 AM PST · by ICE-FLYER · 52 replies · 1,077+ views
    Dec 24, 2005 | Ice Flyer
    I am sure that by now all or most of you have hear of Targets store policies which exclude the Salvation Army from collecting there and apparently have their own store employees being told they are not to say Merry Christmas while at work. While beyond ridiculous we do need to take a breath before reacting. After all, Target is a business and they are answering to what they think is what the public wants AS WELL AS possibly acting afraid that the fringe groups who are good at public ridicule will act up and protest them. Soooooo. What’s stopping...
  • Gold Teeth Found In Salvation Army Kettle

    12/19/2005 3:25:01 PM PST · by Cagey · 20 replies · 611+ views
    WKMG ^ | 12-19-05
    YORK, Pa. -- The Salvation Army has often found some odd items in its famous red kettles. But gold teeth? A worker tallying collections Thursday found a pair of golden molars in a plastic bag inside a kettle, said Maj. Darren Mudge of the nonprofit organization in York County. "I have no clue what we are going to do with them," Mudge said. "It's a wonderful gesture, I guess." Less than two weeks ago, Salvation Army workers wondered if three golden rings placed in two kettles were generous donations or lost items. Mudge joked at the time that workers would...
  • Chavez students won't ring bells for Salvation Army

    12/19/2005 2:32:00 PM PST · by Irontank · 29 replies · 722+ views
    The Capital Times ^ | December 9, 2005
    Third-grade students at Chavez Elementary School in Madison rang bells for the Salvation Army the past couple of years, but because a parent complained about it this year, the kids won't be doing so this holiday season. Principal Howard Fried said the school administration didn't stop teachers from making the field trip in the past, but the complaint changed the way of thinking by school officials and the district headquarters clamped down. "When the objection was raised, the administration downtown told us, in no uncertain terms, not to allow it," Fried said. Hundreds of students from throughout Dane County join...
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringer Fired For Stealing Purse

    12/19/2005 10:40:27 AM PST · by MineralMan · 17 replies · 410+ views
    WLUC-TV ^ | 12-19-05 | UNK
    Sad news out of Superior, Wisconsin. A Salvation Army bell ringer has been arrested for stealing $250 from a woman's purse. The suspect told police she was asked by a woman at the service counter of the store whether a purse that had been turned in was hers. The woman lied and claimed it was, took the money and dropped the purse into a mail box. The woman who rightfully owned the purse later went to the service counter to claim it. The bell ringer did return the money to the police, but was still fired from her duties.
  • Target and The Salvation Army Announce Partnership

    12/19/2005 10:27:40 AM PST · by Lightfinger · 31 replies · 943+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | 12-19-2005 | Target Corporation
  • Chavez Students to Ring Bells (Parents Circumvent School; Happy Ending)

    12/18/2005 7:47:32 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies · 335+ views ^ | December 17, 2005 | Bill Novak
    The loudest bell-ringing today during the Salvation Army's red kettle fund-raising drive will be by 30 Chavez Elementary School third-graders who thought they weren't going to get the chance. When the Madison Metropolitan School District stopped a bell-ringing field trip for the third-graders last week because of a parent's complaint that the Salvation Army is a religious organization, other parents got together and set up the trip anyway.About 30 9-year-olds, many of the same youngsters who would have been taking the school's field trip a week ago, will be in front of the Pick 'n Save supermarket on Maple Grove...
  • A guided tour of the gutter

    12/14/2005 8:42:47 PM PST · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 356+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 12/14/2005 | Roy Hattersley
    The Times December 15, 2005 A guided tour of the gutter Roy Hattersley Those living in squalor under archways know that the 'Sally Ann' will help them but not judge them THE SALVATION ARMY played a regular part in the ritual of my boyhood Christmas Days. Between the ceremonial present-opening and the unusually formal family breakfast, the band appeared at the end of our street. More adventurous families stood in a little huddle on the pavement and joined in better-known carols. We watched from the window as the Salvation Army did what it does best — prove that joy and...
  • Corporations Telling Salvation Army to Stay Away

    12/10/2005 2:02:21 PM PST · by chemicalman · 63 replies · 2,264+ views
    WorldNow and WAFB ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Matt Clough
    They've become as much a holiday tradition as wreaths and egg nog -- the Salvation Army bell ringers you see around town. But Salvation Army officials say it's getting harder and harder to find places to ring their bells, and it is costing them big. The Salvation Army says it's getting harder each year to find major businesses willing to allow bell ringers to stand outside their business. Over the past few years, Target, Barnes and Noble, Home Depot and Toys R Us have removed bell ringers from their property. All of those stores had a large customer base willing...
  • School cancels Salvation Army fundraising trip (Madison, WI)

    12/09/2005 11:50:33 AM PST · by Jean S · 47 replies · 699+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12/9/05 | YANA PASKOVA
    Chavez Elementary School canceled a third-grade field trip to raise money for the Salvation Army after a parent objected to having public school students help the religious-based charitable organization. The district received a phone call from a parent who was "concerned about promoting religious organizations through the Salvation kettle point collection," district spokesman Ken Syke said.School officials said the trip, in which the students were to serve as bell-ringers at the Salvation Army's red kettle collection points, was an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state and told teachers to stop sending permission slips to students' families.Assistant Superintendent...
  • Salvation Army Kettles Net Five Gold Coins

    12/09/2005 6:19:06 AM PST · by BattleBoar · 2 replies · 535+ views
    AP ^ | 12/9/05 | Betsy Taylor
    Dec 9, 3:52 AM EST Salvation Army Kettles Net Five Gold Coins By BETSY TAYLOR Associated Press Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Loose dollar bills and pocket change fuel the Salvation Army's fundraising drives, but every once in a while an unexpected donation arrives in one of those familiar red kettles. In south-central Pennsylvania, the Salvation Army received five golden rings dropped into the kettles from Nov. 30 through Monday, bringing to mind the popular Christmas carol. "I'm waiting for the four calling birds," Maj. Darren Mudge, the York-area coordinator for the Salvation Army, said Thursday. Two donors called to...
  • Salvation Army Kettle Thief Turns Up Dead

    12/07/2005 4:02:44 PM PST · by mission9 · 19 replies · 594+ views
    Self ^ | 12-07-05 | Ranger
    Acting on a tip from his brother, on Monday December 5th, Police in St. Petersburg Florida issued an bulletin for a suspect in a series of robberies of donation kettles. The man, Lee J. George, 41, was described as a crack addicted ex-convict with a long criminal record. Lee was identified in surveillance video. One robbery attempt was foiled by a feisty 69 year old bell ringer, but four other strong arm kettle robberies were successful in the last few days. St. Petersburg Police were able to identify a car used in the robbery, as stolen from a restaurant on...