The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is getting off to a running start. The first Red Kettle holiday event of the season is the Red Kettle 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m. at Zorinsky Lake, 156th and F Street (south pavilion entrance).  Last year 735 participants helped raise more than 35,000 food items.
The goal of this event is to bring awareness to The Salvation Army food pantries and the ongoing need for non-perishable food donations.  In 2013, The Salvation Army filled more than 5,000 food pantry orders.  The demand for pantry service continues to increase just as the price of groceries continues to rise.
Instead of an entry fee, runners and walkers are asked to bring at least 10 non-perishable food items or $10 for the food pantry. Pre-registration is not required. All participants are eligible to win more than $4,000 in door prizes, which include an Apple iPad mini 16GB, Creighton’s Men’s and Women’s Season Basketball tickets, movie and restaurant gift certificates and more! The Red Kettle Run was created for The Salvation Army by an Omaha teen, Allie Baxter, a graduate of Millard North High School and a cross country runner.  Baxter was a freshman in high school when she came up with the idea in 2009.  Now a college sophomore in Chicago, Allie’s sister Libby (Elizabeth) a junior at Millard North, will chair this years’ event.
The 2014 Red Kettle Run premiere sponsor is Harrison Financial Services/Northwest Mutual, NMC Foundation, First National Bank and media sponsor is Channel 94.1. For more information and to register, visit or call Kay at 402-898-6000.



Grant to fund 11 social service programs

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $519,000 grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, more than 10 Salvation Army social service programs will receive funding.

These Salvation Army programs help members of the Omaha community in need. Areas of focus include homelessness, mental and behavioral health, food and material assistance, poverty alleviation, youth development, and housing.

With the help of this grant, The Salvation Army is able to offer services to people of all ages. Funded programs include the Community Counseling Center, Winter Night Watch and the Kroc Life Skills Program.

“United Way’s support for these programs is greatly appreciated by The Salvation Army, and many lives will change in a positive way, thanks to all who made a contribution,” said Major Paul Fleeman, divisional commander of The Salvation Army.

About United Way of the Midlands:

United Way of the Midlands helps the most vulnerable in our community, and works on human service solutions that will benefit our metro area for generations to come. We connect people and organizations with a secure way to donate their financial support and their time, and connect them to a strong network of health and human service programs that help our neighbors build a better life for themselves. Thanks to all who come together at United Way’s table, we are COMMUNITY STRONG.



Photos from Western Division.  


About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


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