Alberta & Northern Territories Division

Santa Shuffle Red Deer Rotary Park

Alberta’s Coldest Santa Shuffle Still Raises Over $75,000


The extremely cold temperatures, along with frozen eyebrows, eyelashes, and moustaches, didn’t keep any die-hard Shufflers away from the 23rd annual 5k Santa Shuffle on December 7, 2013. For many, it was a personal victory having run the coldest race ever, and as Edmonton Emcee Mark Sholz put it, “I’ve just had confirmation from Bud, who’s ran in all 23 races in Edmonton, that this is the coldest race he remembers, so pat yourselves on the back for being the […]

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Annual Salvation Army Christmas Dinner Feeds 450 In Edmonton


Wednesday, December 4th was a big day here at The Salvation Army; volunteers were arriving, turkeys were being cooked, places were being set, all in anticipation of the hundreds of Edmontonians in need of a Christmas dinner.

A tradition spanning at least the past 20 years (we’ve lost count!), The Salvation Army Addictions & Residential Centre (ARC) in Edmonton offers up a free, traditional Christmas dinner where all are welcome. Normally, around 800 people come through our dining hall, but this year […]


Annual Festival Of Carols Concert Spreads Across Division


November 29, 2013 was the 16th Festival of Carols concert in Edmonton, but this year was extra special as the annual event happened for the first time in Calgary on December 1st! The Festival of Carols is a free event to thank donors, supporters, volunteers, and friends of The Salvation Army. Close to 1500 people between the Edmonton and Calgary events enjoyed singing Christmas carols, music from The Salvation Army brass bands, wonderful performances by the talented group Tenore (rhymes […]

EDS Legislature

Divisional EDS Director Recognized In The Legislature For The Army’s Flood Relief Work


On November 6, Major Roy Langer, Divisional Emergency & Disaster Services (EDS) Director for the Alberta & Northern Territories, was recognized at the Alberta Legislature by Danielle Smith for the work done by The Salvation Army for flood relief. “Through ongoing flood relief efforts in Alberta, The Salvation Army has served more than 10,000 people with food, water, and emotional care. Major Roy was among the first NGO representatives in High River in the last month, and he personally helped over […]


Amanda Lindhout Helps Kick-off Calgary’s Kettle Campaign


A crowd of almost 700 supporters listened carefully as Amanda Lindhout shared her powerful and inspirational story of forgiveness, courage and hope. A fitting message, since it’s what The Salvation Army brings to millions of Canadians every year – hope, courage and dignity to Canada’s impoverished.

It’s an exciting time of year for The Salvation Army as the sound of bells draw onlookers to the red kettles. It’s that time where Calgarians reach deep into their pockets to help families in […]


Olympic Champion Jennifer Heil Helps Launch Kettle Campaign in Edmonton


With the help of Olympic champion Jennifer Heil, The Salvation Army officially launched our annual Christmas Kettle Campaign in Edmonton at the Hope in the City breakfast on Friday, November 15, 2013! Our goal this year is to raise $500,000 between November 14th and Christmas Eve.

At last year’s inaugural event, we raised $100,000 to start off the campaign, and this year we raised $88,250.00! This is an amazing start to an intense, 5 week campaign that supports year-round programs at […]


The Spirit of Giving Alive and Well at Toy Angels Drive


Despite freezing temperatures and blowing snow, families gathered at the Calgary Police Headquarters on Saturday, November 16th for the Encana Family Event in support of the Lite FM Toy Angels campaign. Families at the event had a great time getting their faces painted and pictures taken with their favorite mascots. People definitely didn’t go home hungry, with gingerbread cookies and real Canadian maple syrup rolled over ice! Kids even got a chance to watch a live demonstration with a police dog […]

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Calgarians Support Families In Need At Toy Angels Launch


Each year Calgarians find it in their hearts to bring smiles to the faces of children by donating to the Toy Angels campaign. Mookie and Billie Jo, Live Lite FM Broadcast morning show hosts, were joined by Calgary Police chief, Rick Hanson, the Heebee Jeebees, and Calgary Roughnecks Captain, Andrew McBride. Each guest shared a similar message, “No families should have to go without at Christmas time.” Only a few hours into the campaign and it was crystal clear that the spirit […]

High River

High River Thrift Store And Family Services Brings Hope With Grand Re-Opening


A sign of hope and recovery, The Salvation Army Thrift Store in High River has re-opened its doors to the residents of High River. On November 5, 2013, Majors Lauren and Grant Effer, Lieuts. Kelly and Cory Fifield, and Mayor Craig Snodgrass cut the ribbon and officially re-opened the Thrift Store and Community & Family Services in High River. The grand re-opening brought local residents together, sharing stories and finding common ground in the wake of the town’s flood recovery.

“When […]

Coat Drive

Calgary Stampeders ‘Share The Warmth’ At Salvation Army Coat Distribution


Hundreds of men gathered outside The Salvation Army Centre of Hope on Monday, November 4, 2013 to receive a warm coat from The Salvation Army. Calgary Stampeders, Drew Tate and Brandon Smith stopped by and helped many of the men find just the right coat. As the men passed through the building’s chapel, some were lucky enough to walk away with an autographed Stampeders jacket.

“It has been a record year for coat donations,” explains Karen Livick, Executive Director of Community Services […]