Sep 1, 2022


Students are back in the classroom, and the children in our Youth Development program are excited to learn about new subjects!

Ahead of the school year, we were able to make sure our youth at the Purdue Center, as well as youth throughout Memphis, were prepared to head back to the classroom. We gave away 1,000 backpacks filled with supplies such as notebooks, pens, and pencils, and other classroom essentials.

Our new Kroc Corps officers Major Ray Jackson and Captain Shalanda Jackson organized the drive-thru giveaway event held at the Kroc Center. We would like to give a big THANK YOU to our volunteers who assisted with giving away these supplies during our supply drive. A special shout out to the team of volunteers from UPS who didn’t let the weather – which was pouring rain – stop them from lending a helping hand.

“The community is what we are. We can’t succeed without our community and everyone that’s a part of it. The Salvation Army is definitely a longstanding organization that does a lot for the community. So, we are here to support and help, and start forging an even bigger relationship over the next couple of years.” – Elgin Reese, Area Sales Manager, UPS

Thank you for helping students in the Mid-South start the school year off right!



Next month is domestic violence awareness month, but at the Salvation Army of Memphis, we’ve made it our mission to bring awareness to this issue all year long.

The Purdue Center of Hope recently celebrated six residents who graduated from our Domestic Violence Awareness course. Single Women’s Shelter Director Iris Wade leads the eight-week Domestic Violence Awareness course. During the course, residents learn about the warning signs of abuse within relationships. They learn about the tactics abusers use to maintain power and control. They also learn about the different types of abuse include physical and emotional abuse. At the end of the course, residents receive certificates upon graduation.

Here's what one resident had to say about her experience while taking the Domestic Violence Awareness Course:

“I didn’t realize until this class that I was being abused. I found out that I was. I’m thinking folks fight all the time…because that’s what I saw with my parents. I know what it is now.”

Congratulations to the women who completed this eight-week course!


We’re gearing up for Angel Tree and this year’s Red Kettle Campaign. Each year our volunteers go above and beyond to sort and distribute gifts, collect donations outside storefronts, and bring hope and help to our community during the Christmas season. We look forward to collaborating with volunteers once again this year! Be on the lookout for communications on how to sign up as bell ringers and angel tree volunteers for the 2022 Christmas season.

Our new volunteer management system is LIVE! This will be where you will find all of our opportunities, sign up to volunteer, track your hours, and so much more. Visit the site and learn more now! You can click here to view our opportunities, create an account, and learn how to navigate our new site.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Aaron Keegan at for assistance.



Angel Tree Family Registration- October 17-22

Families in need with children ages 12 and under, and seniors 65+ will be able to register for Angel Tree

Red Kettle Kickoff - November 12

The 2022 Red Kettle Kickoff will be hosted at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center on November 12. Stay tuned for more details as Christmas draws closer!


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