The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme Kickoff 4th Annual School Supply Drive

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – July 17, 2015 – The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme® Doughnuts are partnering to help provide local students with much needed school supplies during their 2015 “Stuff the Bus” campaign. The campaign will serve families in need by helping kids from across the Knoxville-area gear up for a successful academic year while also easing the high cost of school supplies for parents.

The “Stuff the Bus” campaign will kick off on Monday, July 20 and will run through Sunday, August 2 at The Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Farragut. Supporters are asked to drop off new school supplies at that Krispy Kreme doughnut shop only. All types of school supplies are needed, including: notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers and hand sanitizer.

As a sweet reward, supporters will receive one FREE Original Glazed® doughnut for a single school supply item donation and one FREE Original Glazed® dozen for each donation of a backpack that contains school supplies. The supplies will be given to The Salvation Army and distributed to youth through their Emergency Assistance Program.

About Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed(R) doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Today, Krispy Kreme can be found at over 740 locations in 22 countries around the world and approximately 10,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Visit us at http://www.KrispyKreme.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army Says Farewell To Area Commanders After Three Years of Leadership and Service To The Knoxville Community

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – June 15, 2015 – The Salvation Army has announced that after three years of service as the Area Commanders for the Knoxville Area Command, Majors Albert and Yvette Villafuerte have been reassigned to The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. The Villafuerte’s will remain in their current roles through Sunday, June 21. Replacing them as Area Commanders will be Majors Todd and Christine Smith. The Smiths come to Knoxville after serving as the General Secretary and Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries, respectively, of the Florida Divisional Headquarters in Tampa.

“We are excited to be doing the Lord’s work through The Salvation Army,” said Major Albert Villafuerte. We were accepted with open arms by a community who was eager to put their shoulder to the wheel and join in our efforts to see positive change in God’s children. Our short stay in Knoxville has been challenging and we have been rewarded with seeing the fruits of our labor as many families and individuals have been transformed and restored to a life of self-sufficiency full of hope and with a renewed sense of God’s Love for them.”

Since becoming Area Commanders for The Knoxville Area Command in 2012, Majors Villafuerte have developed and expanded the Command and its programs. Under their leadership, the Knoxville Area Command has grown in many areas including:

– Enhancing the organization’s programs and improving success rates by focusing on providing tools that equip, empower and educate its clients in the form of a Career Center computer lab all while reducing program service costs;
– Growing the Maryville Outpost into an official Corps status with a full-time dedicated Officer (Ordained Minister) with growing spiritual meetings;
– Increased membership and involvement of the Area Command’s Advisory Board and created a “Young Leaders” program;
– Expanded its social services program to Cocke County;
– Opened the annual Angel Tree Program up to include senior citizens

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army To Receive $6,000 From Women’s Fund of East Tennessee For Enhanced Job Readiness Training

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – June 8, 2015 – The Salvation Army and A Hand Up for Women, have formed a partnership to enhance the job readiness skills of the women residing in The Salvation Army’s Joy Baker Domestic Violence Shelter. The partnership stems from a generous $6,000 donation made by the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee to cover the cost of the training for one year. To commemorate the new partnership, there will be a check presentation in The Salvation Army’s gym at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. The organization is located at 409 N. Broadway, Knoxville.

“Our goal at The Salvation Army has always been to help transform lives by equipping, empowering and educating our clients,” says Salvation Army Area Commander Major Albert Villafuerte. “We are excited to venture into a new partnership with A Hand Up for Women and offer an enhanced level of job skills training to our clients within the context of our existing safe, secure and nurturing residential program. We believe this enhanced level of job readiness training will enable the women of the Joy Baker Center to obtain higher paying jobs with clear paths for advancement.”

The partnership with A Hand Up For Women offers a proven program of life-management and job-readiness skills, individual mentoring and membership in the life-long supportive community that is A Hand Up For Women.

“I am so impressed with the foresight used by the Women’s Fund when they proposed and funded our partnership with The Salvation Army,” said A Hand Up For Women Executive Director, Eva Pierce. “I look forward to serving women through this collaboration for many years to come. Together, we are walking alongside women as they move from dependency to self-sufficiency.”

For more information about National Salvation Army Week, please call (865) 525-9401.

About A Hand Up for Women

A Hand Up For Women is the Knox County site of a national ministry called Christian Women’s Job Corps. Founded in 1996 by the Women’s Missionary Union, CWJC started with two pilot sites, and has now grown to include over 150 sites nationwide, including some that are Christian Men’s Job Corps sites. The Action Institute has named A Hand Up For Women one of the most effective faith-based nonprofits in the country for three years in a row.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme Honoring Veterans On National Doughnut Day

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – June 3, 2015 – National Doughnut Day is an annual holiday with much more significance than just a free doughnut to all who visit their favorite doughnut establishment. For the 78th annual celebration, The Salvation Army is again honoring America’s veterans with a treat that was created by Salvation Army volunteers on the front lines of World War I. The Knoxville Area Command and Krispy Kreme have teamed up for the third straight year to serve free doughnuts to the veterans residing at the Ben Atchley Tennessee Sate Veterans Home on Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knoxville City Officials and several members of The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board will be on hand to serve the residents.

“We are so grateful for all that our veterans have achieved and sacrificed for us,” said Knoxville Area Commander Major Albert Villafuerte. “We are excited about our on-going partnership with the Ben Atchely State Veterans Home and are honored to be serving our community’s veterans.”

The first National Doughnut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “doughnut lassies” who helped make the doughnut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers during World War I. The doughnuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “doughboys.”

“It is our pleasure here at the Farragut Krispy Kreme to partner with The Salvation Army again on National Doughnut Day to help spread joy to the veterans of our community,” said James Frazine, General Manager of the Krispy Kreme Shop in Farragut.

For more information on National Doughnut Day or this event, please call (865) 525-9401.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Events Set To Commemorate 61st Annual National Salvation Army Week

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – May 7, 2015 – Every May, The Salvation Army celebrates those in the community who serve as the foundation for its mission of helping the needy. This year, The Salvation Army’s Knoxville Area Command has several events scheduled during National Salvation Army Week to honor those who support the organization. Additionally, some events will also be held to support those who rely on The Salvation Army for help.

“It’s a special week for The Salvation Army and the community,” says Area Commander Major Albert Villafuerte. “It is impossible for us show all our gratitude towards everyone who supports us throughout the year in just one week, but it’s the least we can do to acknowledge their contributions.”

Beginning in 1954, November 18 – December 4 was declared by the United Stated Congress and proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be the first National Salvation Army Week. Today, the dates have changed, but the work of The Salvation Army that was recognized has not – to serve those in need without discrimination.

During his presidency, Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

The Salvation Army will be hosting the following events to commemorate the 61st Annual National Salvation Army Week (all events located at The Salvation Army’s Broadway campus unless otherwise noted):

Monday, May 11:
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Free Pancake Breakfast for all Knox County First Responders. Our way of saying “Thank You” to those who bravely serve the community every day.

Tuesday, May 12:
4 – 6 p.m. – Open House. We invite you to join in The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary celebration and witness how we help those in need in the Knoxville community first-hand. Learn about the various programs we offer throughout our Area Command and tour our main campus. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, May 13:
Noon – 1 p.m. – Young Leader’s Society Lunch and Learn. Young professionals are invited to join the United Way’s Young Leader Society for lunch and the opportunity to learn more about The Salvation Army. There are only 40 spots available so please reserve your spot today at: VolunteerKnoxville.org

Thursday, May 14:
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – Pastor Appreciation Breakfast. We invite Knoxville-area Pastors to join us for breakfast as we celebrate all they do for our community. A short devotion by Major John F. White will be given as well as tours of our campus.

Friday, May 15:
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Fit For Success Career Fair. Job seekers are welcome to come and meet with the following employers:

Courtyard by Marriott Bearden/West Knoxville
Weigel’s
GC Services
Summit Medical Group
Visiting Angels
TN Career Center
Tennessee College of Applied Technologies
East TN Personal Care Service
Kelly Services
Helen Ross McNabb

The career fair will be held at: Courtyard by Marriott – 250 Brookview Centre Way, Knoxville.

For more information about National Salvation Army Week, please call (865) 525-9401.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army’s First Annual City Of Hope Gala To Benefit Its Various Local Programs

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – May 6, 2015 – The Salvation Army will host its first “City of Hope Gala” on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. The Gala is the evolution of a few past events that have raised funds to support the organization’s various programs as well as honor individuals and businesses that have been instrumental in its success in providing hope to those in need in our community. The event is set to take place at the Foundry – On The Fair Site and will be emceed by the University of Tennessee’s Bob Kesling. Former UT Football player, Inky Johnson will be the guest speaker.

Inquoris “Inky” Johnson can be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past, a refugee of poverty and violence and a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else. Since a routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury during a 2006 game at Neyland Stadium, nothing has been normal for Inky. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges. However, Inky is a man who looks in the face of defeat and says, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?” See a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. And be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.

In addition to a keynote address by Johnson, guests will hear emotional testimony from a former Transitional Housing resident whose life has been transformed after decades of drug, alcohol and physical abuse during her time at The Salvation Army. The organization will also honor individuals and businesses that have played an instrumental role in The Army’s role of providing hope to the needy in the Knoxville community.

For more information, please call (865) 525-9401.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army’s Cup of Hope Luncheon To Benefit Its Domestic Violence Shelter

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KNOXVILLE, TENN. – October 21, 2014 – The Salvation Army will host its first “Cup of Hope Tea Luncheon” on Wednesday, October 22 at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon is a domestic violence awareness event that will coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness month and benefit the organization’s domestic violence shelter, the Joy D. Baker Center. The event is set to take place at the beautiful, fully remodeled Historic Southern Railway Station and will be emceed by WBIR-TV’s Robin Wilhoit. Newly elected Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen will be the guest speaker.

During the luncheon, Wilhoit will be presented the Purple Purse Award sponsored by the Jacobs Agency and the Allstate Foundation. The national award is given to those who work to financially empower domestic violence survivors in their community. Additionally, the first annual Joy D. Baker Hope Award will be presented to Debbie Bruce for her work with domestic violence, The Salvation Army and the community.

The Joy D. Baker Center was opened in 1994 and serves as a shelter for women with or without children affected by domestic violence as well as homeless women with children. In addition to providing housing and meals, the 24-hour staff are counselors and liaisons for the court and school systems and assist with job placement or referrals to other agencies. A tour of the center will be offered immediately after the event for anyone who is interested in participating.

All donations and ticket proceeds go to The Salvation Army’s Joy D. Baker Center.

For more information, please call 865-971-4907 or visit www.salvationarmyknoxville.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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