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The Salvation Army is running “desperately low” on both household items or hard goods and clothing.  I received an emailed newsletter from SA asking for supporters to give as shelves in SA family stores and clothing racks are thinning out dramatically.

The Salvation Army splits proceeds from the sales of clothing, books, furniture, what have you, at its family or thrift stores three ways: 1) all funds for the Adult Recovery Program come from store sales; 2) local people are employed in the stores at above minimum wage pay;  3) worldwide mission endeavors are funded.

Additionally, from the newsletter, it appears that people in the Adult Recovery Program, who are supposed to work with donations as part of their recovery/therapy are becoming idle.

If you have clothing, furniture, artwork, bedding, electronics, books/music, sporting equipment, or any other number of items cluttering your basement or garage, but that someone else might be able to use, please consider donating to the Salvation Army.

Here in town, there is a family store and donation center at the southeast corner of the intersection of Main Street/Morton Taylor and Joy Road.  You can’t miss it, as they say.

 

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Technically, it’s outside of Plymouth, but only by feet!  The Salvation Army has opened its Canton Family Store today, located at the corner of Morton Taylor (Main Street) and Joy Road.  It’s located in the store front previously occupied by Farmer Jack.

The store looks great and they have a ton of nice stuff.  I was able to attend a preview last night and was really impressed with both the store and the good work the Salvation Army does in ours and other communities.   The SA Family Store is a great place to spend your money.

Here’s an article detailing a little bit more about the store and the purposes it serves.

 

http://plymouth-mi.patch.com/articles/attention-thrift-store-shoppers

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I received this email from the Salvation Army’s Plymouth Corps.  Plymouth area volunteers should be proud of their accomplishments during this Red Kettle Campaign

Dear Friends:

We here at The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps want to offer a warm and heart felt thank you to everyone who donated their time, talents and monies to help support our 2009 Thanksgiving and Christmas programs.

We have over 1,100 volunteers in the Plymouth Corps Volunteer First data base and it is through our volunteers’ commitment to The Salvation Army that we successfully completed another blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

We wanted to share with you an update on the current status of our fund raising campaign and holiday assistance given to those in need.

The overall Christmas fund raising goal is $315,000. We have received $272,069, or 86% of the goal to date. We will wrap up the fund raising campaign at the end of January 2010. With your help, $212,104 was collected in the Red Kettles; additionally, we have received $59,965 in cash or check donations at our Corps office in Plymouth.

Just to share some seasonal stats:
Our Christmas Toy Towne assisted 354 families which included 1,215 children.
Our Christmas Food for Seniors & Singles assisted 29 families.
Our Thanksgiving food distribution assisted 358 families including 1,268 children.
Our Coats 4 Kids assisted 130 families including 296 children.
Our Back 2 School Blitz assisted 140 families including 307 children.

And to recap our volunteered hours:
Our Thanksgiving programs:
17 volunteers packed boxes for a total of 42.50 hours
42 volunteers assisted with the distribution for a total of 91 hours

Our Christmas programs:
Toy Towne Preparation 99 volunteers with a total of 594 hours
Toy Towne Distribution 213 volunteers with a total of 1,491 hours
Christmas Application Processing 7 volunteers with a total of 60 hours.

Additional Front Desk coverage 9 volunteers with a total of 145 hours.
Food Pantry Assistance 8 volunteers with a total of 20 hours.

And let us not forget those brave and hearty individuals, who stood in the cold, rain and snow to ring bells during the Red Kettle Campaign.

Once again, our community is blessed with wonderful volunteers!! Thank you for stepping up to help those in need. Without your continued support, we would have never been able to assist the many families and individuals during this past holiday season.

Have a Blessed and Happy 2010
Sincerely,

The Plymouth Corp Staff
The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps


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According to an article in the January 8, 2009, Plymouth Observer (“Kettle drive soars past 2008 goal), the local Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle drive raised more than the goal set and exceeded 2007’s donations.

Our local Salvation Army, which serves the Plymouths, the Northvilles, Canton and Belleville, set a pre campaign goal for 2008 of $235,000.  Frankly, given the difficult economic times we are in, Salvo officials didn’t expect to meet the goal.  Instead, they blew past it!  2008 kettle donations were over $244,000!

I did one “shift” as a bell ringer at the Ann Arbor Road/Sheldon Kroger and I noticed a lot of shoppers donating bills.  In my past experience, most givers leave pocket change, but this last time I noticed a lot of cash donations.  My experience is exactly what the Plymouth area Salvation Army found generally.  According to Major Jim Irvine (as quoted in the Plymouth Observer article):

We had people who knew we were hurting, and they came out nonstop to ring the bells,” Irvine said. “It was people passing the kettles who knew their families were hurting. We didn’t get any single big-check donations, as we’ve had in the past. It was all the one-dollar, five-dollar and 10-dollar donations people were putting in that made all the difference.

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20090108/NEWS15/901080671/1032

I’m really impressed that goals were exceeded in such hard times.  Maybe hard times simply bring out the best in people.

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As I said in an earlier post, I did Salvation Army bell ringing at the Kroger in Plymouth Twp. last night.  What stood out was truly how generous people can be, especially in these tough times.

All we hear about on the news these days are the economy (nothing but bad news) and bailouts.  In this area, hundreds of thousands of people are on pins and needles over the possible (and soon) collapse of General Motors and Chrysler.  The Metro-Detroit area is already in much worse shape than the rest of the country and any automotive industry collapse would put our area in a Great Depression-like state.

I talked to one man last night who had a job at one of the factories right here in town.  He hasn’t worked for over a year since that business cut its staff down to a “skeleton crew.”  He lost his rental property and has been forced to move in with his elderly mother until he can find employment that pays well enough to allow him to live on his own.

Even with all that, he put cash in the red kettle.   During my shift, there were probably roughly 100 donors and the overwhelming majority of them gave cash.   Very few folks gave change.  I saw lots of $5 bills and multiple bill donations go in the kettle.  Trust me, I’m not judging the value of one person’s gift over another.  Cash. Change. It’s all good.  The point is that it seemed like most folks were pretty generous in their giving.

It made me feel good.  I was pleased to see that even when things are bad, many people are still willing to give their money to help complete strangers.  I don’t know how many shoppers I encountered were from Plymouth, but I think it’s a smart bet that most of them were from here since that is probably the closest major grocery store to the City and much of the township.

So, cheers to the great people of Plymouth (and Canton, Westland, Northville, Livonia, etc.) for your generosity and giving spirit.

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