The Wounded Warrior Project lays down a gauntlet of goodwill with the first annual Walk for Warriors Charlotte event, a 4.5-, 7.5-, or 15-mile jaunt in support of U.S. soldiers. Before they set off at the 9 a.m. start time, walkers can visit the Honor Station, where participants pay respect to a military member by having his or her name written on their walk shirt or aerodynamic catsuit. A course map charts the stroll’s progress as it journeys past a small lake, two Clif Bar snack stations, and three water stations before tumbling across the finish line to a provided boxed lunch. Everyone who crosses the finish gets a Believe in heroes dog tag, and all walkers who complete the 7.5- or 15-mile loops enter into a raffle for a 37-inch flat-screen television, perfect for propping open windows when the smoke alarm goes off. Along with live entertainment and games for kids, the event features raffles that award race gear, gift certificates to local restaurants, and tickets to sporting events. Participants may register and pick up packets two days before the event by checking the schedule of events for an idea of when and where to do so, and the first 50 people to purchase today’s deal will receive a free water bottle.
SDOF’s Ocean in Motion snorkeling camp introduces underserved students between the ages of 6 and 17 to the aquatic world with a first-hand snorkeling expedition. With a three-to-one student-to-staff ratio, novice divers begin excursions with a lesson on common sea creatures and organisms, exploring their habitats and survival strategies. Students then learn basic snorkeling techniques, don their gear, and practice in a shallow environment before diving in for a fully submersed view of a rocky-reef area. Led by marine-biologist instructors, swimmers can observe fish, invertebrates, and algae drifting along the currents, while wrapped safely in thick wetsuits and diving equipment provided by the Roddenberry Dive Team. Trips conclude with a brainstorming session on ways students can minimize human impact on the sea and protect natural environs. SDOF has set a goal to fund a snorkeling day camp for 25 young students.
Licensed aesthetician Jenny Sampson clears skin of unwanted hair and blackheads and combats paleness with a collection of skin services. Using Rhonda Allison skincare products, she performs custom facials that help remove dead skin cells and sleepover graffiti from the skin’s surface. Her swift hand also swipes unwelcome strands of hair from the body, leaving behind smooth skin to be coated in a sun-kissed bronze from head to toe with airbrush tanning.
The Salvation Army Family Store collects and resells donated items ranging from vintage clothing to antique furniture. Patrons can search for wardrobes, tables, and couches to fill out their home, plates and silverware to stock their empty kitchen, and VCRs to feed their pet robot. All proceeds from the Family Stores support The Salvation Army's San Diego Adult Rehabilitation Center, a 12-step work therapy and faith-based residential and transitional rehabilitation program for men and women dealing with alcohol and substance abuse. The six-month to two-year program is offered to program participants at no cost.
Though the best way to contribute to the organization's mission, especially following natural disasters such as the recent wildfires, is with monetary donations, the Salvation Army accepts donations of used goods and clothing to sell in the network of Family Stores. All sales of these donated items support the funding of the organization's programming. To donate goods, call (800) 728-7825 or visit www.SanDiego.SATruck.org; for monetary donations, call (866) 455-4357, visit www.SanDiego.SalvationArmy.org, or send to The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, SD Fires, 2320 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.