The Salvation Army’s Back to School Carnival and Backpack Giveaway was a Huge Success!

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Pictured above are: Jessica Pavlinac of Griffith, Isabella Martinez of Hobart, Haylee Needham of Hammond, Kayla Kelding of Hammond and Andrew Martinez of Hobart.

The Salvation Army’s annual back to school carnival and backpack giveaway was held this past Saturday, July 26th.  Staff and volunteers worked hard all week to make sure everyone had fun.  Over 300 guests attended and 131 backpacks were given away.  The backpacks were filled with school supplies donated by Mom’s Club of Munster.  “Watching all the children enjoying themselves was such a pleasure” said Emily Martinez, Youth Director here at The Salvation Army.  The children had two bounce houses, a dock pond, bowling and other games and prizes to keep them busy.  We had hot dogs and chips for all and American Licorice donated 100 lbs. of candy.  And the Hammond Optimist supports our backpack giveaway each year.  If you would like to make a donation to The Salvation Army please contact us at (219) 838-0380.  We are located at 8225 Columbia Avenue in Munster, IN 46321.

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We couldn’t be more thankful to our partner in putting this event together, the Lakeshore 89.1 FM, and all the wonderful people who were involved in the process. We also thank our sponsors for making this event a reality and get us one step forward in our fundraising efforts. Read More

Out of the Crossfire and Into the Campfire

In 2013, more than 7,800 children and teens went to Wonderland Camp.  All were provided a safe haven from violence.  And this summer thousands more will attend.  Each summer, The Salvation Army’s Wonderland Camp in bucolic rural Wisconsin provides a refuge for thousands of children, many of whom can’t play safely outside or just be carefree kids.

Nestled on hundreds of acres of rolling hills, among trees reaching to the sky, campers run, jump, swim, climb and – best of all – smile.  Wonderland Camp offers kids a chance to discover new experiences, such as zip lines, a high ropes course, boating, swimming, archery and more. Each challenge is designed to help them gain confidence, build character, have fun and learn the value of teamwork.

Camper Arianna Martin, 9, who lives in Englewood, described the high ropes course on which teams of three must work together to navigate obstacles 20 feet high in the air. “It was scary, but I did it! I grabbed onto my friend’s hand and we just did it. We also made sure we cheered on the other groups too.”

Linda Swanson a Salvation Army donor who attended Wonderland Camp as a child said, “There are children coming here who may not have the opportunity to have a beautiful summer experience. That is going to impact their lives. I know it will impact their lives.”


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Omaha, Neb. (June 18, 2014) – Salvation Army personnel continue to serve those affected by tornadoes in Pilger, Neb. Emergency Services teams from Lincoln and Norfolk, Neb. remain on the scene. Lincoln Corps Officer, Major James Pennington, is the Incident Commander in Pilger.

Relief efforts will continue for as long as needed. Salvation Army officers and staff are focused on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals, first responders and volunteers. Since Monday evening, more than 3,300 meals, beverages and snacks have been provided by The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the storms to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone by text messaging the word STORM to 80888 and confirming the donation with the word “Yes.” Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
  • A $30 donation provides one food box which contains staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit which contains a broom, mop, bucket and other cleaning supplies
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks to 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal for 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day

People can also visit The Salvation Army’s Facebook and Twitter platforms for real time updates at and


Contributed by The Salvation Army Western Division



Lake County, IN (May 21, 2014) – The Salvation Army will commemorate the 77th annual National Donut Days on two consecutive weekends, Friday, May 30 – Saturday, May 31, and Friday, June 6 – Saturday, June 7. Salvation Army Donut Day volunteers will be throughout the Lake County area collecting donations and in turn giving coupons for six free donuts with the purchase of a dozen from, Strack & Van Til, Ultra Foods, Munster Donuts and Calumet Bakery. Donations to Donut Day will help support programs for area children, seniors, the homeless and families in need who are served by The Salvation Army.

The Donut Day holiday, observed nationally on the first Friday of June, was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies” who served the comforting treats to soldiers during World War I. This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide and helped popularize the donut in America after soldiers returned home. Read More