The Salvation Army of Douglas County

The Salvation Army, an International movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Movement, founded in London, England, in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth, has spread to many parts of the world. The rapid deployment of the first Salvationists was aided by the adoption of a quasi-military command structure in 1878 when the title ‘The Salvation Army’ was brought into use. A similarly practical organization today enables resources to be equally flexible. In 1886, The Salvation Army arrived in Lawrence, Kansas as the first social services agency. For over 126 years they've served the less fortunate; feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the needy, assisting the unfortunate, and loving those who feel unloved. In 2012, The Salvation Army of Douglas County served over 5,000 people including: 16,873 meals, 3,120 lb. of bread distributed, 1,839 food pantry clients served, $41,203 of emergency assistance provided, and 4,614 volunteer hours. Over 50% of the organizations funding comes from individual donations, most notably through its red kettles at Christmas time. Of the money raised, 85% goes directly to serve the people. (This is significantly higher than the average non-profit.) Any donation, whether $1 or $1,000 is greatly appreciated. You can make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

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"The Hiker"

Great and humble are the men and women who one day make the significant commitment to become a hundred hole hiker.

Brilliant Idea of Insanity

To prepare for our Hundred Hole Hike on Monday, July 1st, Brandon Urban and I are going to play over 150 holes in a few days leading up to it, including a tournament at Dismal River...

Mentally focused; Physically lacking

To be perfectly honest, I am not in the physical shape I was in last year leading up to the Hundred Hole Hike event.

Hiking for guys like Jerry

The work of The Salvation Army is beyond what most people could imagine. One success story is that of Jerry Claypool.

"Marching for The Army"

I'm excited to be "marching" or actually "hiking" for The Salvation Army of Douglas County, Kansas. I will not be wearing military boots, but a comfortable pair of TRUE linkswear golf shoes. Instead of a military backpack with supplies, I will carry my personal arsenal of 14 golf clubs. No rations consumed, but a steady stream of Gatorade and power bars.

Golfers Supporting This Cause

Barry Watts