Alberta & Northern Territories Division

Brent's Kettle volunteering story

Kettle Volunteer Loves the Stories

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In 1998, Brent Smith moved to Marlborough in northeast Calgary. “I had a professional job, but money was still really tight,” he explains. “I couldn’t really give to the charities I supported, but I could donate my time.”

Almost two decades later, Brent will continue to be a familiar face around The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles. He comes back because of the friends he has made and the positive experiences that have touched him. He also knows that it is a great […]

Fort McMurray Fire Chief Darby Allen was the guest speaker at the Edmonton Hope in the City lunch on November 25.

Fort McMurray Fire Chief Speaks at Edmonton’s Hope in the City Event

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“Just a guy doing his job…" is how Fire Chief Darby Allen from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo described himself during the Fort McMurray wildfire this past spring. But as the world watched in awe at the incredible destruction, they got to know Chief Allen as the human face of the wildfire crisis, and witnessed his great courage and immense grace under pressure. He is no regular guy.

As the much-anticipated guest speaker at The Salvation Army’s Hope in the City luncheon in Edmonton, […]

Sikh community partners with Salvation Army to provide a free community dinner

Salvation Army and Sikh Community Come Together to Feed the Hungry

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It began as an evening to share food; it ended with Medicine Hat’s Sikh community and The Salvation Army sharing their hearts and so much more.

The story has its roots in the 15th century with the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. When he was 12, his father gave him what was then a considerable sum of money: 20 rupees. He was told to start a business. Instead, he took the money and fed the poor in his community. He […]

Christmas Kettle Campaign

One Amazing Christmas Kettle Shift

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Cathie Hays admits she wasn’t expecting much that day when she showed up for her shift at The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle inside a suburban mall. She had been a kettle volunteer for about five years and she knew that this particular location wasn’t one of the busiest. She resigned herself to a slow few hours.

“I’m one of those people who always says God has His plan,” Cathie explains. “And I didn’t know The Salvation Army Band was coming in […]