Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Salvation Army Arlington Family Life Shelter

The last three months, The Salvation Army DFW has been blogging about hunger. In the blog posts, we've read the many different ways The Salvation Army DFW is helping people who need food.

Here's a quick recap. Click on the link to read the entire story.
And now, we have one final posts related to hunger. Don't worry! The Salvation Army will continue to serve and feed the hundreds, but we'll be transitioning into a new focus area come April 1st. Remember, you can always still give and support The Salvation Army DFW's hunger campaign by donating on our website--


 I present to you......

The Family Life Shelter at The Salvation Army in Arlington

The staff at the Family Life Shelter is exceptional. I went by to visit and see how they are fighting hunger.

Meet Michael.  He's the cook at the shelte and is a very funny guy. Michael really enjoys his job because he gets to help people every day.
The shelter serves three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On average they serve about 75 meals a day.

Families staying the shelter, along with children in the after school program, have the opportunity to enjoy a
healthy and delicious meal.
The salad bar offers lots of fresh fruits and vegetables!

And this little girl is ready to enjoy her burger and fries!

Read a short testimonial from Melissa. Melissa and her children have been staying at the Family Life Shelter for a few weeks. She says, she is grateful  the shelter provides meals for her family.

"Being able to have dinner as a family is the most important thing.
The shelter allows us to sit down and enjoy a meal together."

If you would like more information on The Salvation Army Arlington's Family Life Shelter, please click here.

Check back on our blog tomorrow to see what new topic The Salvation Army DFW will highlight next!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Come Help The Salvation Army at America's Run!

America's Run is coming up and we NEED your help by volunteering! This is going be an exciting 3 day event at Cowboys Stadium and we are so happy that The Salvation Army is partnering with America's Run.

If you would like to volunteer, please go to our website-
You can register there! You will not want to miss out. Come help The Salvation Army!

Here's a cool fact about the run...

Both the Half Marathon and 5K course will have a Finish Line like no other – on the field of Cowboys Stadium! As runners enter at field-level, friends and family can watch them on the world-famous Cowboy Stadium Video Boards for an exclusive high definition experience.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Garage Sale Benefits Food Pantry

Through out the past few months, The Salvation Army DFW has been highlighting hunger in the community. We are passionate about putting an end to hunger.  You might remember the blog post about The Salvation Army in Lewsiville providing snack bags to people in the community. If you don't, click here to read the post. It's a good story!

 While The Salvation Army in Lewisville is doing a tremendous job at passing out snack bags, they are struggling to keep their food pantry full. On an average day, they give out 40-50 bags of groceries. The Salvation Army could really use a boost in food and / or monetary donations.

To help restock their food pantry shelves, the center is holding a garage sale on Saturday, April 17th, from 9a.m. - 2 p.m..

Sheila Skipsey, The Salvation Army Lewsiville director, says all proceeds raised from the garage sale will benefit their food pantry.

"We really need food," Skipsey says. "More people are coming to us who need our help."

If you'd like to help with the garage sale, please contact The Salvation Army in Lewisville at 972-353-9400.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lace up your running shoes!

Have you heard the latest?

America's Run  2010 is proud to announce a partnership with The Salvation Army DFW!!

The run takes place April 9th - 11th. And it's not too late to sign up! Click here for event information!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

He's back!

Last month, Captain Kettle made his debut at The Salvation Army in Plano ... and now he's back!

This month, Captain Kettle visited The Salvation Army in Garland. And, wow! He had a good time.

He said hello to Major Branscum....

Captain Kettle was delighted to hear how well The Salvation Army was helping people through their food pantry program.

He spoke with Joann Welk, social worker, and she told him in February they helped 581 families with grocery assistance and passed out 4,648 loaves of bread!

 "One of the best parts of my job is seeing the smile on children's face when I give them a bag of food," Welk said.

Stay tuned to see where Captain Kettle visits next month!

Monday, March 8, 2010

A couple updates....

Sorry - It's been almost a week since our last update. The Salvation Army DFW has been very busy. Doing what? We had our inaugural Doing The Most Good luncheon in Fort Worth!

The event was a huge success, and we are so thankful for Wendy Davis, the luncheon chair, and The Salvation Army Ft. Worth advisory council for putting on an excellent event. Coach Gary Patterson, TCU head football coach, was the keynote speaker, and he did a great job! Visit The Salvation Army DFW's webpage to read more about the event .

Dan Earl Duggan, Salvation Army advisory council chairman; Wendy Davis, Doing The Most Good luncheon chair; and Coach Gary Patterson, TCU head football coach

On to other news, an update on The Salvation Army's work in Chile....
Salvation Army officers are continuing to work around the clock. Pump and generators are now installed, which helps provide clean water. Boxes of milk, pasta, rice, sacks of potatoes, disposable diapers, blankets, bedspreads, and sheets are being passed out to people. Read more about The Salvation Army's work in Chile at

Remember, it is not too late to donate to The Salvation Army Chile Disaster Fund. Click here to donate.

Don't forget to check back later this week to see which Salvation Army DFW center Captain Kettle visits next!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Earthquake in Chile

It's  sad to think that last month the world mourned for the people of Haiti after they experienced a catastrophic earthquake with a magnitude 7.0. And now, the people of Chile, just experienced a devestating 8.8 earthquake.

When the news broke early Saturday morning, February 27, it was devestating to hear that nearly two million people were affected and now displaced.

Luckily, The Salvation Army has made it easy to give through there text messaging campaign.
A person can text the word "CHILE" to 52000 on their cell phone and make a donation of $10. Your 100% donation will go to aide the people affected by this tragedy. (side note: the donation appears as a charge on your carrier bill and standard rates may apply.)

Stay tuned for more updates on The Salvation Army's efforts in Chile.
Watch this video about The Salvation Army's work in Chile...

Haiti Earthquake Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories
 written by Laura
From: The Salvation Army Blog :

Major Kelly Pontsler, an American Salvation Army officer serving as the Army’s Public Information Officer in Haiti, shares stories of people linked to The Salvation Army’s emergency relief effort in the nation since the devastating January earthquake:

Major Ron Lee welcomes Jean Robert Bernadin to The Salvation Army's
logistics team.


WHAT do you do when life as you know it is brought crashing down? The testimony of Jean Robert Bernadin is that you have to keep going. The earthquake that ripped through Port-au-Prince on 12 January took Jean Robert’s wife, mother and livelihood but he refused to give up and now he is helping The Salvation Army to provide relief aid to many thousands of fellow-Haitians.

Jean Robert was employed by the United Nations but when the UN facilities in Port-au-Prince were destroyed, his job went with them. Not a man to sit on his hands, Jean Robert headed to the airport compound in Port-au-Prince to look for work. It was there that he met the Salvation Army logistics team. Still wearing his UN identification, he was taken on for a day’s work, moving goods. His focus and work ethic were evident from the start and one day quickly became two, then three.

Jean Robert describes the change in his circumstances without self-pity or anger. Work, he says, is therapeutic. He doesn’t intend to forget the past, he misses his wife and mother immensely, but his focus is on the future. Now the sole provider for two teenagers and an infant, he knows he has a job to do – to raise those children and raise them well. And he will do whatever it takes.

Jean Robert has now joined The Salvation Army’s emergency response team as an assistant for logistics. His good nature, skills and leadership ability have made him indispensable on the ground. And the relief work of The Salvation Army is better because of Jean Robert.

Major Kelly Pontsler with 'Dora' and 'Boaz.'


The resilience of children is remarkable. Judging from the smiles on the faces of two small girls currently living in the Salvation Army compound in the Delmas 2 area of Port-au-Prince, life is fine – and yet, taking a quick glance at their surroundings, it’s hard to imagine how they can be so cheerful.

Last Saturday was distribution day. A joint effort between The Salvation Army and World Concern delivered hygiene kits and water jugs to the 3,200 registered families living in the camp adjacent to the Army’s property. As there was an abundance of helping hands available to distribute the goods, I stepped back to observe the bigger scene.

The day was warm and the Salvation Army compound was dusty, as usual. Human waste and other debris continues to pile higher every day in the trench that cuts through The Salvation Army’s property. The stench is overwhelming. The courtyard of the former divisional headquarters compound has become a tent city, housing people forced from their homes by the earthquake. Sanitation is modest – a bucket of water is still a luxury.

In the midst of this live two girls aged six and three years. Last Saturday they wore stickers with cartoon characters on their clothes as they ran and danced and laughed in the bright sun. One had a Dora the Explorer sticker and the other wore a Bratz sticker. We couldn’t get them to tell us their names so we used their stickers as inspiration and called them Dora and Boaz, which seem to please them! Oblivious to the smell, unconcerned by the distribution across the way, these girls were full of life. Conversing interchangeably in French and Creole, they had much to say in between bursts of laughter.

I played with ‘Dora’ and ‘Boaz’, took photos and enjoyed some girl talk as their families looked on with broad grins of approval. Who knew that such a huge pocket of joy would be found inside a dusty compound that day, bundled up in the form of two little girls?

What the future holds for these children remains to be seen. But for one brief moment on a Saturday afternoon they had no cares in the world. Nor did I.

- Major Kelly Pontsler

Public information Officer

Haiti Incident Command Team

For more information on what The Salvation Army is doing in Haiti, visit our Haiti website at