The Salvation Army – Doing The Most Good
147 years of service to those in need
The Estes Park Salvation Army Service Extension Unit is a responsible steward of local donations with more than 90% of fundraising income going to directly support Estes Park community service programs. The local Unit needs your help; be a part of Estes Park’s strong history of community service and volunteer now to ring the bell at one of three kettle locations. You may also consider a monetary donation to the Estes Park Salvation Army, P.O. Box 172, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please call (970) 541-8397 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. Bell ringer shifts start Friday, November 23 and run through Monday, December 24.
The Salvation Army has an interesting history filled with unusual stories and little known facts. Former Methodist minister William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London in 1865 when he abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit, instead taking his message directly to the people – in particular the homeless, the hungry and the destitute of Victorian-era London. Today, nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from the Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 60,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.
The Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign began in 1891 when a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect money for the poor at Christmas. The campaign has since become one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world. Each holiday season, kettles fill in distant lands while assisting people in more than 120 countries worldwide.
The Salvation Army’s first major disaster response effort in the United States followed the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas in 1900, literally destroying the coastal city and killing more than 5,000 people. Following the storm, Salvation Army officers from across the country moved into the Galveston area to help clean, feed and shelter thousands of survivors. The Army responded again six years later following the Great Earthquake in San Francisco in 1906. Even today, the Salvation Army continues to mobilize teams to assist with hurricane recovery efforts in addition to a long list of other social services and public assistance.
You may be surprised to learn The Salvation Army helped to popularize the doughnut in the United States. After serving doughnuts – often cooked in battle helmets – to U.S. troops in the field during World War I, many soldiers came back to the States hooked on the pastries. Doughnut consumption subsequently took off in the U.S. during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1938, The Salvation Army created National Doughnut Day, observed the first Friday of June, to honor the Salvation Army female officers or “doughnut lassies” who served the troops during the war.
Even in modern times, references to the Salvation Army continue in popular music and film. In the 1966 Beatles song, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” John Lennon refers to a Salvation Army orphanage called Strawberry Fields in Woolton, England. As a boy, Lennon played with childhood friends in the trees behind the orphanage which closed in 2005. Additionally, literally hundreds of Hollywood movies mention The Salvation Army including classics like The 39 Steps and On the Waterfront to contemporary hits like Seabiscuit and Titanic.
The Estes Park Salvation Army Service Extension Unit wishes to thank all volunteers and donors in advance for helping the Unit reach its 2012 campaign goal of $42,000.