Solano County

Salvation Army puts out call for holiday help

By From page A3 | November 01, 2013

SUISUN CITY — If each person, each local group, whether it’s a classroom or a walking club, gives a small bag of nonperishable food, it could make a big difference in meeting the needs of less fortunate Solano County residents, according to the Salvation Army.

“We are seeing a continued growth of need even with the economy getting better,” said Salvation Army Capt. Jonathan Harvey. “But if everyone does something small, it can become something great.”

The Salvation Army is now gearing up to not only feed the county’s needy, but is also hoping to collect enough foodstuffs to meet ongoing needs in the months after the holidays when contributions have traditionally dropped off.

“While we do our work during the holidays,” Harvey said, noting the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket giveaways, “the need is year-round.”

Harvey said they only signed up enough people for the food baskets that they can be assured of having enough food and toys for. But, Harvey said, if the community is willing to step up with more donations, he would be glad to open up that list to include more needy families.

About 4,000 people a month show up at Salvation Army facilities for assistance, Harvey said.

Helping out could be as simple as buying a few extra items at the market, putting them into a paper shopping bag and dropping them by any of the Salvation Army facilities in Suisun City, Fairfield, Vacaville or Vallejo.

“An individual, a study group, a swim class, a Scout troop, a coffee group, a school class can fill a bag,” Harvey said. He said it does not have to be left to larger community groups to address the need. “We also have barrels that we can deliver to local businesses,” he said.

One woman who uses the Kroc Center in Suisun City recently took 10 paper shopping bags back to her cul-de-sac. She taped a note to each bag – a request to donate some food – and left them at her neighbors’ front doors.

“We are trying to make it as easy as possible to be engaged and to be a part of the army of hope,” Harvey said.

Salvation Army facilities are located at 1200 Missouri St. in Fairfield, 586 E. Wigeon Way in Suisun City, 630 Orange Drive in Vacaville and 630 Tuolumne St. in Vallejo.

For more information and how to contact the Salvation Army, go to its new website at www.solanoarmyofhope.org.

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Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • PornacNovember 01, 2013 - 7:44 am

    4000 people a month! How can they stay in business? That's almost nothing.

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  • Jason KnowlesNovember 01, 2013 - 8:50 am

    Do your homework before you contribute to the Salvation Army. They are a cult with some extreme views on anyone who does not fit their narrow view of what a Christian is. Your money would be better served with another organization who does not put strings on their donations.

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  • Mr. SmithNovember 01, 2013 - 9:45 am

    Jason: I do not share your view of the Salvation Army. For "homework" I submit my three years of service on the local Salvation Army Advisory Board back in the early 1990's. Unless things have rapidly changed for the worse, the Salvation Army still does a great deal of good in the world, and their doctrine is not extreme. Donations to the organization are expended very efficiently, as well.

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  • Jason KnowlesNovember 01, 2013 - 11:47 am

    Mr. Smith, fair enough, but my fact checking about them pans out, too. http://www.bilerico.com/2011/11/why_you_shouldnt_donate_to_the_salvation_army_bell.php Yes they help people, but so does Hammas.

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  • Jason KnowlesNovember 01, 2013 - 11:59 am

    They deny services to LGBT people unless they "renounce" their sexuality. or. if you do need/use their services then you must attend services which are "open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army's doctrine and discipline." In other words, if you're gay or lesbian, you don't qualify. In 2004, the Salvation Army threatened to close all their soup kitchens in New York City to protest the city's decision to require all vendors and charities doing business with the city to adhere to all civil rights laws. The organization balked at having to treat gay employees equal to straight employees. I applaud your service, but if doing so was done at the expense of anyone who was gay or straight, then I abhor it. Their position statements, among other things, says that "The State is established by God for securing justice and doing good, and both Christians and the Church have a duty to respect its authority (Romans 13). Nonetheless, the Bible also teaches that we must seek first God’s Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). Biblical values must be upheld by the Church even when they are not upheld by the State." That seems extreme to me and anti-American.

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  • Captain Jonathan HarveyNovember 04, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    Over the past few years, allegations have been made by some that The Salvation Army’s provision of social services is discriminatory. These allegations are unfounded and false. Our Christian faith is what motivates our desire to provide these services; helping anybody in need without discrimination. If you are aware of a situation where a person has been the target of discrimination in this community, please let me know because this is contrary to our mission. The Salvation Army does not discriminate based on sexual orientation in the service it provides or the people that it hires. Whether it is gender identity, race, disability, or religion, anyone who comes through our doors will be welcomed with love and service, based on their need and our capacity to provide. Please visit salvationarmytruth.org, there you will find testimonies of people who were served with love and compassion in our programs regardless of their orientation.

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  • SavetheRepublicNovember 04, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    All ministers and congregations should read these books.....Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand (Mar 1, 1998) Torturado Por Cristo / Tortured for Christ (Spanish Edition) by Richard Wurmbrand (Jan 2, 2004) When Pigs Move In: How To Sweep Clean the Demonic Influences Impacting Your Life and the Lives of Others by Don Dickerman and Frank Hammond (Feb 6, 2009) Pigs in the Parlor: A Practical Guide to Deliverance by Frank Hammond and Ida Mae Hammond (Jun 1, 1973)..........With God in Solitary Confinement by Richard Wurmbrand (Aug 2001)

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  • Mr. SmithNovember 01, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    It would be interesting to hear from Capt. Harvey with regard to your comments. All I can say is I never saw or heard evidence of any of your accusations, whether in Advisory Board meetings, church services or charitable activities within the community during my association with TSA. Again, that was in the early 1990's.

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  • rlw895November 01, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    I'd like to hear too. The world is going through a transformation on LBGT issues, not just here. I wouldn't be surprised if what Jason says about Salvation Army, if true, is getting changed if it hasn't already. There's no question that SA is a religious organization. There is also no question they do good work. Nonetheless we shouldn't support an organization that displays that kind of discrimination in this day and age.

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  • B.S. DetectorNovember 01, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Readers should not listen to the wild, base accusations made by Mr. Jason Knowles. Calling the Salvation Army a "cult" is his way of injecting hate or fear into the dialogue. This is just another of his attacks on faith-based organizations. Do not be misled by his fulminations. Humbug, Jason!

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  • Jason KnowlesNovember 01, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    BS, everything I wrote was taken directly from their website. Their attempts to circumvent laws to continue their discrimination regarding their services is also just a google search away. Yes, they have served meals and helped the needy. I am not taking that away from them. However, they actively engage in lobbying governments to discriminate against LGBT populations and even refuse to service them unless they "repent." All of this is fact, sir. Hammas and the Muislim Brotherhood also serve the needs of their homeless, poor, etc and I'd bet my last dollar that you wouldn't support them if they rang kettle beels in front of Raley's. I don't use hate or fear, I use facts.

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  • B.S. DetectorNovember 01, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    As usual, rlw895 has to chime in with his "Me too! Me too!" and equivocating up a storm. Humbug to you too, Sir!

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  • CD BrooksNovember 01, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    "B.S. Detector," C'mon Mr. C you need to back off Mr. Knowles. He's way smarter than you and doesn't deserve your onslaught of cluster words...

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  • Son of B.S. DetectorNovember 01, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    What took you so long to jump on the Bash the Salvation Army Bandwagon, CD? I figured your aggressive atheism would have made you join the fray sooner. Nothing any of you nattering naysayers can ever detract from the wonderful things the Salvation Army has done for thousands upon thousands of needy, suffering people throughout the world. And they don't feed at the taxpayers' trough, either.

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  • CD BrooksNovember 01, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Uh "Son," I didn't bash them. I really could care less about that organization. The only thing they ever do is make me laugh at their pseudo uniforms. Please don’t accuse me of things folks I am rarely less than succinct about my observations.

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  • Jason KnowlesNovember 01, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    Perhaps, BS could use his powers of detecting BS to fact check anything I wrote? Unless you can provide evidence to the contrary, shut up and let the adults talk. Mr. Smith to your point, I am not sure in what capacity in your service you dealt with the hierarchy of the SA, but their views are in plain view on their website and in their lobbying disclosures. Facts are facts.

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  • Mr. SmithNovember 01, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    As I stated earlier, Jason, in my three years of affiliation with the local Salvation Army chapter (as a member of the required community advisory board) I personally witnessed none of the discriminatory acts you ascribe to the organization. None. The SA is a cult? GMAB. On visiting the SA website today, I was unable to ferret out evidence of those egregious allegations you have made. I wonder what others who might have Googled it found out? What did I miss? Are you saying that when the SA truck loaded with food, blankets, medications, etc., rolls into an area devastated by fire, earthquake or flood, the SA folks check to see who is LGBT, or who won't promise to attend services every Sunday, before they get a sandwich or cup of coffee? Your anti-religious point of view is well-documented here. You are welcome to it, but please do not let it unduly interfere with your public evaluation of the workings of TSA at a time when they are seeking public support.

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  • archieNovember 01, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    you guys are all kinda being douchebags,,,,,,,,,quit over analyzing everything .

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  • Jason KnowlesNovember 01, 2013 - 11:47 pm

    Mr. Smith, unfortunately the DR does not let you post url's on here, otherwise I'd show you the evidence.

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  • Truth seekerNovember 02, 2013 - 2:03 am

    J: There are ways. Try add it with your name.

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  • Mr. SmithNovember 04, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Thanks for your response, Capt. Harvey.

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  • Captain Jonathan HarveyNovember 04, 2013 - 8:33 pm

    Thank you Mr. Smith for your past service on our Advisory Board.

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