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Behind the cause: the Salvation Army Angel Tree program

On Dec. 15, Media of Birmingham is volunteering to help the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Find out more about the program …

The History of the Salvation Army Angel Tree

Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Va., shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.

The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards featuring pictures of angels and placing them on a Christmas tree at the mall. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by the Salvation Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.

Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Angel Tree was launched during the 1982 Christmas season. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol’ Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the United States.

Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the “Larry King Show,” news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wildfire. Since that time, the program has grown to include Angel Trees in throughout the Birmingham area.

In 2007, The Salvation Army partnered with Fox 6 Gifts for Kids, a program designed to give foster children in the Birmingham metro area Christmas gifts. With this partnership, 7,113 children were helped.

Melissa Fierstine at Hands on Birmingham says that the Salvation Army anticipates helping more than 10,000 Angels in Jefferson and Shelby Counties this year. The Angels register in September and October to receive assistance.

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December events: Holiday Helpers and Holiday Jollies

Two great events on Dec. 15!

Daytime event: Holiday Helpers, a volunteer project

  • Tuesday, Dec. 15
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Salvation Army warehouse, 3500 Sixth Ave. S., Southside [map]
  • Free, but you must RSVP (else, $10 late fee for charity)

Give back in December! For our daylong volunteer event, we’re working with Hands on Birmingham to help children in need. It’s the Salvation Army Angel Tree project. We will sort, arrange and bag gifts and toys for children in preparation for distribution.

Here’s how to help:

  1. Register for one or more 90-minute shifts to work on Dec. 15.
  2. Dress for the warehouse: You might get dirty or chilly. And comfortable shoes will feel great on concrete!
  3. Please show up 15 minutes early for your shift.

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Late registration is $10 plus service charge.

Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 14, noon.

Evening event: Holiday Jollies, our monthly mixer

  • Tuesday, Dec. 15
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Taziki’s Greek Fare, 301 18th St. S., Southside [map]
  • Free, but you must RSVP (else, $10 late fee for charity)

Don’t let the year end without wishing your MOB friends Merry Christmas. We’re celebrating at Taziki’s Greek Fare on Southside.

  • $1 domestic beers!
  • specials on appetizers!

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Late registration is $10 plus service charge.

Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 14, noon.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Taziki’s Greek Fare and W Social Marketing.

Note: Ticket revenue goes to the Salvation Army, not Media of Birmingham.

Questions? Contact us or leave a comment.

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October event: Mellow Out October

Mellow Mushroom

  • October event: Mellow Out October
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Mellow Mushroom, 1200 20th St. S., Southside [map]
  • $3 (which entitles you to “$3 off coupon” at the door)

Ready to Mellow out?

It’s the Media of Birmingham October networking mixer at Mellow Mushroom, in Five Points South. Grab a beer or other beverage, and jump into a conversation. It’s 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Drink specials:

  • $2.50 Pints
  • $4 Jaeger
  • $4 Gran Marnier

Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Admission is a paltry $3. Registered guests will receive a “$3 off coupon” at the door upon sign-in.

Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m.

Reserve your spot

Special thanks to our sponsors, Mellow Mushroom and W Social Marketing.

Note: Ticket revenue goes to Mellow Mushroom, not Media of Birmingham.

Questions? Contact us or leave a comment.

W Social Marketing

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June event: Keep Hops Alive

The J. Clyde

  • June mixer: Keep Hops Alive
  • Tuesday, June 16
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • The J. Clyde, 1312 Cobb Lane, Southside [map]
  • $1 (see note)

The hops have been freed. We shall enslave them again … in our tummies.

Join us on Southside at The J. Clyde any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Invite your friends and colleagues in media (print, broadcast, online, etc.), public relations, advertising and marketing.

Note: You must RSVP for this event. Admission is a paltry $1. You can pay with your credit card or e-check via Paypal.

(It all goes to Eventbrite, none goes to Media of Birmingham.)

Please RSVP by Monday, June 15, 5 p.m.

Reserve your spot

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Video from Recycle This Event!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our April event at the Barking Kudu.

Be sure to check out the video, and if you’re in it, let us know! (Or tag yourself in the Facebook version, if we can ever get it to upload.)

April event: Recycle This Event!

Update: See video from this event.

Barking Kudu

  • April mixer: Recycle This Event!
  • Tuesday, April 21 (Earth Day Eve)
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Barking Kudu, 2929 7th Ave. S., Lakeview [map]
  • Free (drinks: pay your own way)

It’s Earth Day Eve. Carols, presents, cards, stockings, but let us not forget the true meaning of Earth Day with these simple rules:

  1. Please reuse all banter and small talk.
  2. Save your beer bottles for funky vases.
  3. Keep the hot air to a minimum.

It’s the Media of Birmingham April networking mixer at the Barking Kudu in Lakeview. Enjoy Happy Hour prices and specials, whatever they may be.

Join the MOB any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Anyone in media, advertising, PR and Web should stop by — please tell your colleagues, friends and enemies to join us. Complete details are available on the EventBrite invitation.

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Photos from the Inaugural Happy Hour

Our 2009 started off with a great time (if a little chilly) at Rojo in January. Thanks to Gordon Bell for all the photography.

Be sure to check out all the great photos, and if you’re in them, let us know! (Or tag yourself in the Facebook album.)

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January event: The Inaugural Happy Hour

Update: See photos from this event.

Barack Obama and George W. Bush

  • January mixer: The Inaugural Happy Hour
  • Tuesday, Jan. 20
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Rojo, 2921 Highland Ave. S.. Southside [map]
  • Free (drinks: pay your own way)

A new year, a new president. Come by Rojo on Southside to celebrate this historic day with the MOB. We’ll be in the party room, right entrance.

Join the MOB on Tuesday, Jan. 20, any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

We’ll have happy hour drink specials and inaugural fun.

Anyone in media, advertising, PR and Web should stop by — please tell your colleagues, friends and enemies to join us. Complete details are available on the Evite.

Questions? Contact us or leave a comment.

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Photos from The MOB turns 4

Our fourth anniversary brought out the thirsty and the hungry to Surin West on Southside for the MOB’s October event. Thanks for making Media of Birmingham into more than just a networking club.

Check out photos from our event …

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