The Salvation Army Serving Tornado Survivors in Alabama

Auburn, AL (November 16, 2011) – The Salvation Army will serve storm torn neighborhoods in Lee County, Ala. on Thursday. Staff and volunteers will deploy throughout the Auburn area to feed, hydrate and encourage residents cleaning up after Wednesday’s severe weather.

A mobile feeding unit and a pastoral care team will work throughout the day to ensure that residents of can focus on recovery, while The Salvation Army meets their physical and emotional needs.

“Auburn residents have been extremely supportive of The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts across Alabama the past six months. We (The Salvation Army) are resolved to reciprocate their generosity and meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Lee County residents,” stated Captain Ronette Smith of The Salvation Army.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit: www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

The Salvation Army Serving Storm Survivors in South Mississippi

Laurel, MS (November 16, 2011) – The Salvation Army of Laurel, MS has deployed a disaster response team and mobile feeding unit to the Shady grove area in Jones County, Mississippi. Throughout the night a strong thunderstorm began moving across much of the mid south spurning several tornadoes.

A Mobile feeding unit will be present today to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to residents.

Teams will work throughout the day to ensure that residents of can focus on recovery, while The Salvation Army meets their physical and emotional needs.

The Salvation Army will be providing care and compassion to Jones County residents affected by these storms. We eagerly desire to reach out to the hurting residents of south Mississippi as we near thanksgiving,” stated Lt. Patrick Connelly of The Salvation Army in Laurel. “A celebratory season does not mean that pain and suffering will subside, but we pray our presence will bring the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

The Salvation Army has placed 14 feeding units on alert as storms continue to move across Mississippi and Alabama.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit: www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

Walmart Launches “12 Days of Giving” Facebook Campaign

Company Commits$1.5 Million to U.S. Nonprofits Focused on Providing Basic Needs

BENTONVILLE, AR, Nov. 14, 2011 – Who said ‘write in ballots’ were only for politics? For the first time, Walmart is empowering Facebook users to write in – or nominate – local nonprofits that could receive part of $1.5 million in grants this holiday season. Through its “12 Days of Giving” campaign, the company will accept submissions via Facebook with an eye for local organizations that are providing basic need items, such as food, shelter, clothing and baby supplies.

“We know that millions of our Facebook fans make charitable donations, help spread the word about important causes or volunteer their time,” said Wanda Young, senior director of social media for Walmart US. “We’re excited to hear from them and continue our efforts to help communities during these tough economic times.”

Starting today and through Nov. 30, users can visit Walmart’s Facebook page to nominate a nonprofit for the “12 Days of Giving.” Here’s how it works:

• Visitors to the page nominate local organizations by submitting a 200-word description, including the nonprofit’s impact in their local community.
• Participants must also submit photos that illustrate how the nonprofit is helping families make ends meet.
• A gallery on the page will highlight all user submissions to showcase how local groups are helping others and spreading cheer.
• A panel from the Walmart Foundation will review submissions.
• Grant recipients will be announced on Facebook daily from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23.

“Giving back has always been part of Walmart’s holiday tradition – in fact, it’s our tradition year-round,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation. “With the ‘12 Days of Giving’ campaign and grants from our Foundation, our giving will go even further and help make the holidays happier for communities across the U.S.”

Combined, the Walmart Foundation is also providing more than $19 million in grants this holiday season to organizations that are fighting hunger and providing basic needs services. Click here for a complete list of organizations benefitting from Walmart’s giving this holiday season.

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About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

The Toolbelt Episode 3—Contests!

This episode of the Ministry Toolkit’s podcast, The Toolbelt, is all about contests. Lindsey goes through several different sites hosting contests, but also highlights resources on those sites as well as resources on MTK. See the latest in Ministry Resources by watching today!

Sites mentioned:

Creation Swap | http://www.uswcreativearts.com/ | http://tinyurl.com/3tqgcx9 | http://www.simplyyouthministry.com/ | http://www.southernspiritonline.org/ | http://www.facebook.com/HulGreenProductions?ref=ts