For Immediate Release

December 10, 2018

For More Information Contact:

Janeen Johnally

954-729-6384

Janeen.johnally@uss.salvationarmy.org

ANGEL TREE: HERITAGE TOYOTA CATONSVILLE TO GO ON $7,500 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE IN TARGET FOR HUNDREDS OF NEEDY BALTIMORE KIDS

BALTIMORE, MD — Heritage Toyota Catonsville’s holiday donation of $7,500 to The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s Angel Tree program will provide over 300 underprivileged kids in Baltimore with brand new coats, games, and toys for Christmas. Heritage Toyota Catonsville and Salvation Army personnel will go on a shopping spree at the Target in The Shops at Canton Crossing, 3559 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224, on Monday, December 10 at 11am. Representatives from Heritage will drive brand new Toyota trucks to pick up and deliver the coats to the Salvation Army’s warehouse for distribution.

What: Christmas Shopping Spree for Needy Children

Who: Heritage Toyota Catonsville and Salvation Army representatives will go on a shopping spree for the Angel Tree program.

When: December 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

Where: 3559 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

For additional information, please contact Janeen Johnally at 954-729-6384.

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About The Salvation Army of Central Maryland

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in Maryland in 1885, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years. Nearly one hundred thousand Marylanders receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing, and shelter to the homeless, and after-school programs for underprivileged children through its partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of America. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in Maryland.

 

“Saying that my kids are fans of the Ravens are an understatement. They are so excited to be here. My little one is in his [Ravens] jersey right now and my oldest one has been taking pictures of the players all night,” said attendee *Erika P.

On Monday, November 19, The Salvation Army partnered with former Baltimore Raven’s linebacker Jameel McClain’s 53 Families Foundation to host their ninth annual Thanksgiving-style community dinner in Baltimore. More than 70 volunteers, including the 53 Families Foundation, The Salvation Army, Maryland National Guards, and soldiers from the Joint Force Headquarters Fifth Regiment Armory, supported the event.

132 families, including 314 adults and 425 kids, attended this exciting event, all of whom are recipients of The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s Angel Tree program.

“To invite me to a place like this means the world to me because I’ve never been invited to a place where you can have fellowship with other people in the same situation as you,” said Wanda Robinson, mother of three. Wanda’s family has benefitted from the Angel Tree program for the past three years.

More than 20 former and current Baltimore Ravens players participated in the event, including Morgan Cox, Marshal Yanda, and Jacoby Jones. The players signed autographs, took pictures, and served dinner for the families. The dinner was catered by local chefs. Each family also went home with a gift bag of Thanksgiving fixings, some of which included vouchers to redeem a free turkey from The Salvation Army’s DMG Foods.

In addition to these families not having the financial resources to buy Christmas gifts for their kids, these families often do not have the means to enjoy other luxuries like a catered meal, or a ticket to a Raven’s game, which on average is $86 per person. For these families, especially the children, interacting with their home football team on a personal level at a catered event, is a once in a lifetime experience.

“I didn’t even have enough money for a stamp to mail back the RSVP card for this event,” said attendee * Erika P. “Families in need, especially families in Baltimore City, never get to attend events like this.”

*Erika is the mother of two children, ages two and twelve. In addition to receiving Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army also provided her family with 40 pounds of food, water, and hygienic products at the Feed the Children feeding distribution, this past October. This was her family’s first year attending the Thanksgiving event and she was visibly emotional to have been invited.

“I want to thank The Salvation Army for taking the time out to do all that they do for us. It meant a lot to bring my family here tonight. God sent The Salvation Army to me to help my family in our time of need,” said *Erika.

Click here to see more pictures of the event.

For Immediate Release

November 19, 2018

For More Information Contact:

Janeen Johnally

954-729-6384

Janeen.johnally@uss.salvationarmy.org

FORMER BALTIMORE RAVENS JAMEEL MCCLAIN TEAMS UP WITH THE SALVATION ARMY TO FEED 1,000 PEOPLE IN BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE, MD —For the ninth consecutive year, The Salvation Army of Central Maryland is teaming up with former Baltimore Raven’s linebacker Jameel McClain’s 53 Families Foundation to provide a Thanksgiving-style dinner for more than 200 struggling families in Baltimore. Baltimore Ravens players (both former and current) will interact with the families on a personal level, as well as serve the families a warm Thanksgiving meal. Each family will also take home a gift box of Thanksgiving fixings to prepare on Thanksgiving Day. The event starts at 5:15 PM and media personnel can arrive as early as 5:30 PM for set-up.

What: Jameel McClain 53 Families Foundation Thanksgiving Dinner

Who: Former Baltimore Ravens player Jameel McClain and his wife will host the event. Baltimore Ravens players will also be present to sign autographs, serve food, and interact with the families.

When: November 19, 2018 at 6:00pm

Where: 219 29th Division St, Baltimore, MD 21201

For additional information, please contact Janeen Johnally at 954-729-6384.

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About the 53 Families Foundation

First organized in 2010, our core initiatives provide necessary resources for youth to be successful.  Founder Jameel McClain often reflects back to periods in his youth where he did not have basic needs such as shelter, food and clothing.  53 Families Foundation assists youth in these basic needs to help promote self-esteem to produce positive life results.   Since the foundation’s inception, thousands of individuals have received resources including clothing, meals and financial support.  The motto “Adversity Won’t Stop Me” is a direct reflection on the foundation, Jameel and the entire 53 Families family.

About The Salvation Army of Central Maryland

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in Maryland in 1885, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years. Nearly one hundred thousand Marylanders receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing, and shelter to the homeless, and after-school programs for underprivileged children through its partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of America. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in Maryland.

 

 

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954-729-6384

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Salvation Army Red Kettle Stolen from Grocery Store in Baltimore
BALTIMORE, MD (November 13, 2018) — A Salvation Army Red Kettle was stolen from a supermarket on 33rd Street in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon and the charity is seeking the community’s help in identifying the individual(s) responsible.

The Red Kettle Campaign helps raise financial support for The Salvation Army’s critical local programs and services year-round, including meals for the hungry, holiday gifts, feeding programs, social services, and educational programs.

“We are not immune to acts of desperation, even with everything we offer our community,” said Captain Ryan Vincent, Salvation Army officer. “This is our season to raise as much funding as possible to help those in desperate situations and this theft will definitely affect the capacity in which we can respond. We appreciate Giant Food of Waverly and the Baltimore police department for all of their help in responding to this incident.”

If you know anything about this theft, please call the Baltimore Police Department.

 

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About The Salvation Army of Central Maryland

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in Maryland in 1885, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years. Nearly one hundred thousand Marylanders receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing, and shelter to the homeless, and after-school programs for underprivileged children through its partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of America. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in Maryland.

BALTIMORE, MD (June 15, 2018) – Major Gene Hogg provides keynote address at BGE’s Energizing Business Growth Breakfast (Photo by: Donovan Eaton)

Back in 1816, ​BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric Company) became the first gas utility in the United States when Rembrandt Peale lit the first gas lamp in Baltimore. 75 years later, Salvation Army founder William Booth changed the match making industry in 1891, by switching to red phosphorus, instead of the previously used white phosphorus, ultimately providing a cleaner and healthier work environment for factory workers.

In 2018, BGE partnered with The Salvation Army and helped strike the match to change the grocery industry with DMG Foods.

DMG Foods is The Salvation Army’s first non-profit grocery store. This store aims to provide an affordable place for the local community to purchase fresh and healthy food while expanding their cash and food stamp dollars through nutrition and shopping education, social services, and complimentary supplemental food items.

BGE’s Chief Executive Officer, Calvin Butler, extended an invitation to Central Maryland Area Commander Major Gene Hogg as the keynote speaker at BGE’s Energizing Business Growth Breakfast last week. More than 150 people tuned in to Central Maryland Area Commander Major Gene Hogg’s keynote address at BGE’s Energizing Business Growth Breakfast, highlighting The Salvation Army’s partnership with BGE.

Through BGE’s Smart Energy Economic Development (SEED) program, DMG Foods received economic development incentives in the form of reduced billing and using energy more efficiently. Additionally, DMG Foods’ service fees were reduced by 75%, as well as a 25% reduction on electric and natural gas distribution for the next five years.

Effective lighting supports the grocery store in a variety of ways, including improving retails sales and maintaining the quality of fresh and frozen inventory.

Other speakers at the business breakfast included BGE Regulatory and External Affairs Senior Vice President, Alexander Núñez, who was also one of the notable speakers at the DMG Foods grand opening on March 7.

“Every year, we find non-profits that align with our values and the needs of our customers. This year, our cause initiative was to help The Salvation Army to innovate DMG Foods because it was in a food desert. DMG Foods is not just a grocery store, but a true salvation for people in the community,” said Núñez.

As defined by Baltimore City, a food desert or “healthy food priority area” is located more than ¼ mile away from other supermarkets.

According to a recent study at the Tulane School of Social Work, 2.3 million Americans lived more than one mile away from a supermarket and did not own a car. These individuals have limited access to healthy food and often resorting to getting groceries from convenience stores. The study also showed that residents living in food desert areas have a positive correlation with poor-quality diets, diabetes, and weight gain.

Research shows that the potential economic impact of a new grocery store in a food desert includes creating jobs, increasing local income, and improves the residential and commercial real estate. Since opening its doors just three months prior, DMG Foods has opened 15 permanent jobs and provided affordable, healthy food products to more than 2,000 customers.

BGE’s economic incentives has supported more 37,500 businesses throughout Maryland, including DMG Foods.

“On behalf of the thousands of people that are benefiting from the DMG Foods grocery store, I’m only one, but I stand here to say thank you to BGE for making healing possible in our community,” said Major Hogg.