Celebrate Fat Tuesday 2023 at the Krzysiak’s House Paczki Polka Palooza Party
BAY CITY, MI — Calling all paczki lovers: Bay City’s Krzysiak’s House Family Restaurant will celebrate Fat Tuesday 2023 with its annual Paczki Polka Palooza Party Tuesday, Feb. 21. The party, to take place from 5 a.m. to noon on Fat Tuesday, will include a breakfast buffet for dine-in or takeout, a live polka band, a fundraiser for charity, and plenty of paczki to go around. “Krzysiak’s Family Restaurant every year has always picked Paczki Day to host a fundraiser with our local Salvation Army to give back to our local community,” said Shawna Tripp, account/catering coordinator. Each year, the kitchen turns out thousands of the pastries for Fat Tuesday, and proceeds from its paczki sales support the local Salvation Army and its food pantry needs. Krzysiak’s House Family Restaurant is located at 1605 Michigan Ave. For more information, visit www.krzysiaks.com.mlive.com
Bay City’s Liberty Bridge is reopening soon: Here’s how to be one of the first to cross
BAY CITY, MI - Bay City’s Liberty Bridge is about to reopen to traffic after an intense rehabilitation project. On Thursday, Dec. 22 Bay City Bridge Partners is hosting an inaugural drive and grand opening ceremony for the newly rehabilitated Liberty Bridge. The event will kick off at 2 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony atop the west end of the Liberty Bridge. Read more from MLiveIt will soon cost money to cross one of Bay City’s bridges. Bay City’s four bridges serve an ever-shrinking populationThe rise and demise of Bay City’s original toll bridgesmlive.com
Get thrifty with Halloween costumes and save cash
When you think of Halloween fun, you may not think of thrift stores, but when it comes to putting together unique, creative costumes, it seems to be the go place. “This store specifically, we probably get between 300-400 customers a day, looking for Halloween, we’re probably at least 25-30% of those,” Becky Ramm, Manager at the Salvation Army Rochester Hills Store told “Live in the D’s,” April Morton. April paid a visit to the store where she found Halloween décor as well packages of costumes. Wanting to put her creative skills to the test, April gathered pieces around the store and came up with some pretty cool costumes. She also found this was a very inexpensive way to celebrate Halloween.
Kalamazoo nonprofit will open indoor warming shelter for homeless residents; calls for volunteers
KALAMAZOO, MI — As Kalamazoo gets hit with high winds, temperatures below freezing and 2022′s first major snowfall, one area nonprofit has stepped up to provide shelter and warmth for some of the community’s most vulnerable people. The Kalamazoo Coalition for the Homeless has partnered with the Salvation Army to offer a warming shelter twice weekly at the Salvation Army’s gymnasium, located at 1700 S. Burdick St. in the city’s Southside neighborhood.mlive.com
Giving to top charities rose 3.7% in 2020, driven by wealthy
In the wake of the most devastating public-health emergency in a century and the resulting economic uncertainty, Americans provided more charitable dollars to United Way Worldwide than any other nonprofit focused on direct aid, followed by the Salvation Army and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to new rankings by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Want to be a bell ringer? Bay City Salvation Army kicking off kettle campaign with open house
Bell ringers for the Salvation Army will be setting up their red kettles to take in donations over the holiday season. The Bay City Salvation Army will be hosting a Christmas bell ringing open house on Monday, Oct. 18, from 5 - 6:15 p.m. at the Salvation Army facility at 401 10th Street in Bay City. The open house will serve as a time for new volunteers to learn about bell ringing and other volunteer opportunities locally through the Salvation Army while getting current volunteers and community groups organized to partake in the upcoming Red Kettle Campaign. According to the Salvation Army, most shifts are two hours long. More from MLiveBay County recognizes local Lions Club for 100 years of serviceApplications due for ‘Warm Soles’ winter boot program in Bay CountySNAP benefits can now be used at Caro Farmers’ Market to purchase fresh produce‘We’re fighting two wars right now,’ says Bay County health official as misinformation and COVID-19 spreadsDo you feel welcome in Bay County?mlive.com
Holiday singer uses voice rather than bell to get Salvation Army donations
Holiday singer uses voice rather than bell to get Salvation Army donations Sammie Wade is bringing holiday cheer outside a North Texas Walmart. His journey from homelessness to hope is inspiring many to give to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. Mireya Villarreal reports.cbsnews.com
Ann Arbor mom organizes socially distant Santa’s ‘sleigh ride’ in northside neighborhood
ANN ARBOR – The Christmas spirit came alive on Saturday in the Glacier Highlands neighborhood on Ann Arbor’s northside. The Ly family has been welcoming Joe Eadie -- also known as Kerrytown Santa -- into their home for the past nine years. The Ly family with Santa Joe Eadie on Dec. 19, 2020. Santa Joe Eadie surprises children during the pandemic on Dec. 19, 2020. (Carly Ly)Local mothers pose with Santa Joe Eadie on Dec. 19, 2020 in the Glacier Highlands neighborhood in Ann Arbor.
Donations soar but nonprofits still struggle with pandemic
Despite record amounts of charitable donations this year, nonprofits across the country are being suffocated by the effects of the pandemic. December is typically the most important month for nonprofit revenues, as Christmas and end-of-year tax deductions drive a flood of charitable giving. That’s a $60 million drop for the iconic fundraising drive being crippled by the pandemic in numerous ways. Fidelity Charitable said it has distributed 32% more grants and seen a 20% increase in people setting up investment accounts for charitable giving this year. The national advocacy group projects 12,000 arts and cultural nonprofits are at risk of being wiped out forever.
Former Detroit Lions star Herman Moore helps Salvation Army with the ‘$84,000 Challenge’
With Christmas around the corner, the Salvation Army is scrambling to help families in need across Michigan. RELATED: Former Detroit Lions star Herman Moore helps battle coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemicWith not much time left and so much need to be filled, the Salvation Army turned to this year’s Corporate Red Kettle Chair Harman Moore to see if he could inspire some extra donations. Back then, Moore wore jersey number 84 -- and he’s using that as the basis for his special Salvation Army promotion. Salvation Army Major Timothy Meyer has another incentive for people to get involved. “It’s a really good opportunity for people to stretch their donation to the Salvation Army.”The challenge will end Monday, but the Salvation Army could use any donations.
Salvation Army holding Toy Drive in Ann Arbor on Saturday
ANN ARBOR – The Salvation Army in Washtenaw County is in urgent need of toy donations for its Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 12. The need for holiday assistance has risen in the community amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We have over 1,000 children that are in need of toys in our county,” Salvation Army’s Washtenaw County Coordinator Major Kris Wood wrote A4 via email. “This is a significant increase over the past years and we need everyone to do whatever they can to help us.”From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its center at 100 Arbana Dr., volunteers will be collecting Christmas toys in reception barrels to be distributed to children throughout the county. People are asked to bring new, unwrapped gifts to donate.
Rare Krugerrand placed in St. Clair Shores Salvation Army Kettle for 8th year in a row
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – It happens every year, at the same time, same location. A Secret Santa for the Salvation Army didn’t let the pandemic get in its way. READ: Mystery person drops coin worth $1,300 into Metro Detroit Salvation Army kettleFor the eighth year in a row, someone dropped off a South African Gold Krugerrand into a Red Kettle at the Kroger store near 9 Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores. It’s worth more than $2,000. The fundraiser gathers money for charities across Metro Detroit, and is more important than ever during the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Salvation Army hiring at all of its 31 southeast Michigan family thrift stores
DETROIT – The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions at all of its 31 family thrift stores. The following positions are available at Salvation Army locations:Production AssociatesDock Workers (warehouse)Donation AttendantsAssistant ManagersSales AssociatesTruck Drivers (warehouse)Compensation will vary based on experience. Individuals interested in management positions must have supervisory experience and a valid driver’s license to qualify. The Salvation Army ARC offers competitive benefits including health, vision and dental insurance; 403(b) and pension plans in addition to paid time off. Those interested can apply online or at their preferred Salvation Army location.
Salvation Army sets up giant red kettle in Downtown Detroit
The city’s Christmas tree is up and so is the giant red kettle. Lt. Col. John Turner is the Salvation Army Divisional Commander for the Eastern Michigan Division. The red kettle is 56 feet tall and 24 feet wide. That’s a big bang for your buck if you’re giving to Salvation Army,” Turner said. The Salvation Army hopes to raise $8 million this year for their #RescueChristmas campaign.
Dozens applying for help with unpaid rent every day in Kent County
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Every day about 56 more people in Kent County apply for help paying back rent to prevent being evicted. The staggering figures come from the Salvation Army Kent County. The state tasked the nonprofit in July with distributing just over $2.8 million to county residents facing eviction notices. Those above 50 percent AMI aren’t eligible for future rent help through this program but may be covered by others. She also recommended that people facing eviction talk with their landlord about their situation and the rent relief program.mlive.com
Salvation Army looking to fill open positions in Metro Detroit
DETROIT As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unemployment up significantly in the past several months, The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center is currently looking to fill a variety of full and part-time positions at various locations throughout Metro Detroit. Here are the positions that are available at Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores:Dock WorkersDonation AttendantsLead Store AssociatesManagers-in-TrainingProduction AssociatesProduction SupervisorsSales AssociatesTruck DriversIf hired, all employees are subject to safety precautions with routine temperature taking, social distancing and face coverings which ensure the health and safety of all those who enter the Family Thrift Stores. The Salvation Army ARC offers a competitive benefit package for full time employees including health, vision and dental insurance; 403(B) and pension plans as well as paid time off. Individuals interested in retail management positions are encouraged to apply with 2-5 years of supervisory experience, while truck-driving candidates need a valid chauffeurs license and DOT card to apply. Those interested in applying to any of the listed positions for The Salvation Army Thrift Stores should submit their application online at www.careers-uscsalvationarmy.icims.com.
Virus protection adds new wrinkle to Southwest heat relief
There are still few places where our homeless can go," Salvation Army Major David Yardley said at the group's downtown center. Blistering temperatures can endanger health, and can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. The daily high temperatures in Phoenix were forecast to hit 110 degrees (43C) or very close to it during the extreme heat warning in effect through Sunday, National Weather Service forecasters said. The cooling stations in metro Phoenix open when the weather service declares extreme heat warnings They were also open for a string of days during an extreme heat warning in late April. In metro Las Vegas, where an excessive heat warning is in effect until Friday evening, four heat relief stations were open.
Police blotter: Firearms donated, then destroyed
A used U.S. carbine .30 caliber rifle and a seven-shot automatic pistol and cap gun used to shoot blank rounds were donated to the Salvation Army store in Frenchtown Township, which in turn, gave them to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to dispose of. A used U.S. carbine .30 caliber rifle and a seven-shot automatic pistol and cap gun used to shoot blank rounds were donated to the Salvation Army store in Frenchtown Township, which in turn, gave them to the Monroe County Sheriffs Office to dispose of. A spokeswoman for the Salvation Army said the items could not be sold at the store. The guns along with a U.S. Army issued magazine and miscellaneous ammunition of several calibers were taken to Magnum Force, a store in Monroe, where they were destroyed, deputies said.monroenews.com
Man steals Salvation Army red kettle in front of Roseville Walmart
ROSEVILLE, Mich. – The holidays are a time for giving, but not for one man who was seen stealing a Salvation Army red kettle from the front of a Roseville Walmart. Now police are trying to hunt down that man who targeted and watched a bell ringer. Major Candace Voeller of the Salvation Army calls the loss disheartening. Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon thinks sad desperation played a part in this theft. The kettle wasn’t replaced outside the Walmart Friday immediately making the loss that much more painful.
Homeless in Monroe: Making life as normal for the children
This is part of a special report by The Monroe News on the issue of homelessness in Monroe County. Thats pretty much the agenda for every Monroe County child living in a shelter like Oaks of Righteousness or the Salvation Army. Thats because, despite their housing situations, Monroes homeless youth follow the same schedule as any other child in Monroe. After all, theyre just kids and kids have school, they get homework, and they usually fit in some time with friends. As of November, there were about 15 to 20 children fluctuating in and out of Oaks, while Salvation Army reported about 25 children living at the facility.monroenews.com
No cash? Salvation Army now accepting mobile donations
Despite her prodding, half a dozen people apologetically explained they had no cash to drop into the bright red kettle. The physical change to the kettles is subtle a tag containing microchip has been added to the Salvation Army sign attached to each red kettle stand. Any mobile donations are sent to the Salvation Army chapter nearest to the donor's billing zip code. This year's holiday calendar shaves six days off the Salvation Army's typical window for the red kettle campaign, and officials hope the mobile options will help make up for that lost time. Harper said she hopes the new options will increase donations to the Salvation Army.chicagotribune.com
Monroe County supply donation drive to start
The Supplying Our Future Backpack Coalition coordinates efforts that provide about 800 Monroe County students with back-to-school supplies. The school supply donation drive starts Monday for this years Supplying Our Future Backpack Coalition campaign. Collection boxes will be available at more than 30 locations around Monroe County where school supplies can be dropped off on behalf of Monroe County children in need. Last year, the coalition provided about 800 backpacks to Monroe County children and about the same number are expected to receive school supplies this year. Donation locations are: Monroe County Library System ( all branches).monroenews.com
Roommates return $41,000 found in used couch
Roommates return $41,000 found in used couch Three friends in New Paltz, N.Y. were stunned when they discovered $41,000 stuffed inside a used couch they had bought from a Salvation Army. The roommates were able to track down the original owner of the couch and they returned the money. WCBS-TV's Don Champion reports.cbsnews.com