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Andy Avalos rocks the Red Kettle


Every day this week (12/2-12/6) from 10-12pm NBC5 Weather Anchor Andy Avalos has been on the famous Celebrity Corner on State and Washington outside the Macy’s Department Store ringing for The Salvation Army. While a humble man himself, Andy is continually asked to take pictures by and with his legion of fans while at the kettle.

My wife and I had a chance to take him from his site to the NBC studio at the end of his shift today, and after my wife Rachel asked about when we might next see snow (she just couldn’t help herself) we were treated to our very own weather forecast spoken perfectly for the coming few days. It just goes to show that while the auto cues are there, the professionals really do know their stuff.

Thank you Andy for your support for The Salvation Army and the many services we provide in the Chicago area!



Community Thanksgiving Meal 2013


Community Thanksgiving Meal 2013


On Thursday Nov 21st at 5-7.30pm Chicago Temple, located at 1 North Ogden Ave will serve hundreds of hungry community members. This specific Salvation Army location does not serve a meal on Thanksgiving day itself but a week earlier, on Thanksgiving day there is a prayer service at 10-11.15am and all are welcome to attend.

There is no charge for people who attend the community meal and no need to pre-register, all you need to bring is yourself, your friends, family and a thankful spirit! The event is run by an army of volunteers who begin cooking days in advance.

For more information call our office at 312.492.6803


On behalf of Chicago Temple Salvation Army – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


The Salvation Army Temple Corps Hosts Free Super Hero Halloween Party for Chicago Families


From Batman to Dad, more than 60 children from Chicago’s West Loop will don their favorite super hero costumes for The Salvation Army’s 3rd annual Hallelujah (Halloween) Party on Thursday October 31st from 5-7.30pm. The party, which provides a safe alternative for door-to-door trick-or-treating, will include candy, games and activities for the whole family. Children from The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth Lodge family shelter will also partake in the festivities.

Activities for children and families include:

• Free candy for each child

• Face Painting

• Fun Games and Activities

• Music

• Free Food and Refreshments

For more information call 312-492-6803


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