“Precious Moments®, Inc., the world’s most recognized inspirational brand, announces a three-year agreement with Feed the Children® designed to drive support for the international charitable organization that is dedicated to defeating childhood hunger,” the Chicago Business Journal reports. “Precious Moments kicks-off this initiative in honor of its 40th anniversary in 2018. Precious Moments will support the critical work of Feed the Children through product proceeds, employee giving and volunteering to extend the culture of giving that has become a hallmark of the Precious Moments brand since 1978.”
“Commissioner David Hudson, National Commander of The Salvation Army USA, has appointed Lt. Colonels Ward and Michele Matthews to serve as National Community Relations and Development Secretary and National Director for White House Relations, respectively. In his new role, Lt. Col. Ward Matthews will also serve as the organization’s national spokesperson,” announced the Salvation Army. “Lt. Col. Ward Matthews most recently was legal secretary, and Lt. Col. Michele Matthews was the Pathway of Hope director, both for The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory in Atlanta. Before those appointments, they served in leadership roles with the Dallas-Fort Worth Area Metroplex Command, Caribbean Territory, and Charlotte Area Command. That experience includes responsibility for more than 450 corporate partnerships during their time as Area Commanders in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, including the Dallas Cowboys, which has raised more than $2.2 billion for The Salvation Army.”
“Recognizing the fact people simply don’t carry cash anymore, World Vision Australia decided to embrace paywave technology as a part of a wider digital strategy last year,” according to CMO Australia. “What started as a trial in about 30 locations around Australia six months ago has now been expanded, and World Vision paywave technology is now located in approximately 190 locations across the country. Donors are given the option to simply tap their card at retail stores and coffee shops, quickly, conveniently and privately, without having to sign up or commit to ongoing donations. World Vision reports in the Sep-Nov quarter last year, they had 70 active machines, which generated nearly $40,000 – new money that the charity says it previously never could have accessed.”
Finding affordable housing can be a challenge for residents across the country. CEO Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, says cities have to start looking at new models for making sure people can have a safe, affordable place to live. Reckford recently was a guest on a radio show and spoke about how countries including the U.S. are doing as far as ensuring access to affordable housing. To listen to the segment, visit KJZZ 91.5’s website HERE.
“Dr. M.G. ‘Pat’ Robertson returned to The 700 Club on Monday, just 10 days after sustaining an embolic stroke,” reports the Christian Broadcasting Network. “On Friday, February 2, the 87-year-old Dr. Robertson was admitted to Sentara Norfolk General after a family member recognized the onset of stroke. He returned home on Sunday, February 4, and after a short recovery, made his return to the television show he founded in 1966.”