People are tagging one another with a list of “25 Random Things” about themselves and asking their friends to post their own lists on Facebook. I couldn’t think of anything interesting about myself, so I came up with “25 Not-so-random Things” for The Salvation Army instead. The list is a collection of historic, unusual or larger-than-life factoids that may teach you something new!
1- Founded by William and Catherine Booth in 1865, The Salvation Army is an international church and provider of services to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in 116 countries around the globe.
2- The Salvation Army was one of the first major churches to ordain women. Founder William Booth’s wife Catherine was an ordained minister with the organization and a famous preacher in her own right.
3- The phrase “on the wagon” was coined by men and women receiving the services of The Salvation Army. Former National Commander Evangeline Booth – founder William Booth’s daughter – drove a hay wagon through the streets of New York to encourage alcoholics on board for a ride back to The Salvation Army. Hence, alcoholics in recovery were said to be “on the wagon.”
4- WWI and WWII soldiers have fond memories of The Salvation Army offering them complimentary donuts and coffee during wartime while another service organization was charging them 5 cents.
Click here to see 5 through 25 on my Facebook page.
Would you be surprised if I told you that The Salvation Army USA has it’s own YouTube Channel? Well, wipe that shocked expression off your face, because we do. And, it’s oh, so cool too!
Featured there right now is an ad two guys made for our annual kettle campaign called, “The Kettle: Maybe There’s a Reason the World Leaves Us with Change.” Jeff Greenspan and Noah Clark had a great idea, so they made the ad and donated it to us.
Sure, we’ve moved past the Christmas holiday season, but the ad is so clever and well made that it’s worth another look. And, while you’re there, check out some of the other videos we’ve posted for you.
Jim Cummings of Denver! He’s the top online Salvation Army bell-ringer in the US for the third year in a row. That means, he’s taken his successful bell-ringing act inside to his computer! Jim participates in our Online Red Kettle campaign which allows individuals to host their own kettle, email their friends and ask them to make a credit card gift to The Salvation Army. This year, Jim set his dollar goal at $23,000 and topped it by about $43,o00! Have a look at his page!
Jim’s success tells me a couple of things; 1) He’s is a guy people respect and can’t say “no” to, and, 2) people are reaching into their wallets and digging a little deeper this year than they have in the past.
When this year’s kettle season started, a few us agreed that many people would recognize how difficult things are for some and be extra supportive this year. The verdict on the 2008 kettle season is not in quite yet, but there have been some really bright spots.
There’s an especially bright spot shining on Jim Cumming’s computer. We’re grateful to him and all of those generous folks on his email list. Denver has a star online bell-ringer and a little more money in the pot this year to make sure people are fed, sheltered, clothed, and more.