With a cold winter on the way 23 News and the Salvation Army are kicking off the annual 'Koats for Kids' campaign.
His is the 13th year the community drive will provide free coats for needy kids in the Rockford area.
The goal for the season is five thousand coats. The Salvation Army is asking the community to donate coats in good wearable condition, clean with buttons and zippers in tact. The coats should not have holes, tears or stains.
For more information contact the Salvation Army at 226-4400 or donate at one of the following sites:
Colonial village-1410 S. Alpine
Eagle foods-2704 N. Main St.
Eagle foods-2514 S. Alpine
Eagle Foods-3134 11th Street
Highlander Foods-4860 Hononegah Road
Highlander Foods –1715 Rural Street
Highlander Foods- 3710 N. Main Street
Highlander Foods- 1730 S. Alpine Road
K-mart- 1321 Sandy Hollow Road
K-mart- 5909 E. State Street
K-mart-1515 E. Riverside Boulevard
Logli Supermarket- 1810 N. Harlem Boulevard
Logli Supermarket- 604 Hunter Avenue
Valley Self Storage- 7511 Vandiver Road
Winnebago Rockford clean- 6602 N. 2nd street
Heartland Community Church-351 Executive Parkway
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The Salvation Army in the Midwest
- From its simple beginnings in 1865 in the poverty-stricken East End of London, England, The Salvation Army grew rapidly during the 1860s and 1870s.
- By the end of 1878, The Salvation Army in England had more than 75 corps (worship and service centers) with 120 officers (clergy).
- In October of that year Salvationists (Salvation Army members) Amos and Annie Shirley immigrated to the United States and began holding evangelistic meetings in Philadelphia.
- Their daughter Lieutenant Eliza Shirley soon followed them. Repeatedly throughout 1879 the Shirleys asked General William Booth, The Salvation Army's Founder, to send officers to establish The Salvation Army in America.
- In Feb. 1880, George Scott Railton, the first officer to hold the rank of commissioner, led a group of seven women to expand The Salvation Army in Philadelphia and extend it to New York City and beyond.
- Soon corps were opened throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- In Nov. 1880, Railton moved westward and began Salvation Army work in St. Louis, Missouri, probably seeking a more centralized location.
- In 1881, Booth called Railton to return to England and sent Major Thomas E. Moore to lead The Salvation Army in America. Much of Railton's work was reorganized including withdrawing from the Midwest until 1885.
- In 1885 Commissioner Frank Smith, commander for the U.S. at the time, gave Captain and Mrs. William Evans $25 to start Salvation Army operations in Chicago.
- By 1899 more than five dozen corps had been opened in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri--the states which now comprise the Central Territory.
Source: www.usc.salvationarmy.org (Salvation Army Central Territory Web site) contributed to this report.