Our first annual Ambassadors for Good Day on Tuesday, August 10, was a success! Thank you so much to all of our incredible Ambassadors and participants. Ambassadors for Good Day is a one-day event designed to educate and engage the public regarding the work of The Salvation Army locally throughout the Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division. Participating Salvation Army locations throughout the tri-state area teamed up with local celebrity ambassadors to educate and inspire the public by showing them what we do and how to get involved. Below are a few highlights from this year’s event.

Birmingham, Alabama

Ambassadors (Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, Sheriff Mark Pettway, and Ron “Papa Jack” Jackson) served in three areas of The Salvation Army Center of Hope—Hope Clothing, The Marketplace, and Cafeteria. Each Ambassador served alongside volunteers as they organized clothing donations, packed food bags, and served hot meals to community members.

Ambassadors who were unable to attend (comedian Roy Wood, Jr., and WBRC Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt) recorded promotional video messages.

Watch Roy Wood, Jr.’s video

Watch Wes Wyatt’s video

Coastal Alabama

WKRG Reporter/Meteorologist Caroline Carithers served as the local Ambassador and conducted interviews from multiple local Salvation Army locations throughout the day, including The Salvation Army Thrift Store, Family Haven shelter, and Red Shield Shelter/Dauphin Way Lodge.

Shreveport, Louisiana

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and former NBA player Stromile Swift served as Ambassadors and served up hot dogs, chips, and water to shelter residents from a canteen on shelter grounds. They also provided a snow cone truck for a fun summer treat.

Columbus, Mississippi

President of Mississippi University for Women Nora Miller, Police Chief Frederick Shelton, and Advisory Board Chairman Todd Davis served as local Ambassadors and distributed food and gift boxes to the community. The event highlighted the partnership with the local Walmart, which donates fresh meat and produce to the food pantry along with non-perishable food items.

Meridian, Mississippi

Ambassador Jamal Roberts (gospel artist, radio host on The Praise Radio Show, and finalist on BET’s show Sunday Best) served the evening meal at The Salvation Army.

Winner of The Voice Season 18 Todd Tilghman, and his wife, Brooke Tilghman, also served as local Ambassadors. The Tilghmans have also co-authored a book together, Every Little Win. They created a video testimonial to show their support for The Salvation Army.

Watch the Tilghmans’ video

MS Gulf Coast

Miss Mississippi Volunteer, Rachel Shumaker, and our very own Planned Giving Director and gospel quartet singer, Buddy Graves, served as local Ambassadors. The event featured a Salvation Army canteen providing water and a large banner describing the event, which took place at a mock homeless camp to raise awareness that “need has no season.”

If you would like to volunteer or support the work of The Salvation Army, please find your local Salvation Army here to inquire about opportunities near you.