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Christmas hampers are distributed by air in Canada's northern communities

Christmas Hampers Get Special Air Delivery in Canada’s North

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It has all the ingredients of a classic Christmas tale: a busy workshop, dozens of helpers, and seasonal gifts that fall from the sky. But if you were expecting what follows to include a red suit, elves, and reindeer – you’re in for a surprise.

“I wonder if people really know how truly far we are from the North Pole,” laughs Lt. Laurie Sauder. Although Yellowknife is “north” by the standards of most Canadians, a web search reveals that the geographic north […]

Games night at the CRC in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat Nursing Students Build Relationships at Salvation Army

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There were accusations of cheating. Followed by laughter. Shouts of victory. Yells of losses. More laughter.

It was game night hubbub that was welcome to the ears of Ian Scott, Director of Medicine Hat’s newly opened Salvation Army Community Resource Centre (CRC). It came about at the hands of the city’s College of Nursing.

Ian explains that he received a call from a nursing instructor at the college who was interested in any learning opportunities for her first-year students at the CRC. Many […]

Kettle Campaign

Kettle Volunteer Transforms into Santa During Campaign

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“Lo and behold, I lucked out.” That’s how Gabe Bakos explains what followed after his wife, Linda, suggested that he volunteer at The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles.

Linda’s family had a long tradition within The Salvation Army church. When Gabe married her almost four years ago, he says he knew, as do most people, about the kettles and the shelter. But he admits he had no idea there was a church, let alone children’s camps, an international disaster response team, community […]

Stahl Peterbilt celebrates their 10th Toy Drive for The Salvation Army

Stahl Peterbilt Celebrates 10th Toy Drive and 8,000 Toys

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There is something extra special about helping make Christmas happen for someone you don’t even know. This year, Stahl Peterbilt, a heavy duty truck dealership in Edmonton, celebrates 10 years of doing just that with their annual toy drive, collecting 895 toys this year alone for The Salvation Army’s Christmas program.

They’ve collected 8,000 toys since that first year, and they go all out with the toy display throughout their campaign. There’s a floor model truck in the middle of the […]

CIR Realty helps out at the Salvation Army's toy warehouse on December 6

CIR Realty Helps Kids in Need Have a Merry Christmas

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On Tuesday, December 6, The Salvation Army's toy warehouse was filled with laughter and good cheer from 60 volunteers from CIR Realty to help sort and pack toys donated to the Toy Angels campaign. The toys will be given to families in need to make sure there’s a toy under the tree on Christmas morning.

CIR Realty is a new partner to Toy Angels this year, and have sprung into action by collecting new, unwrapped toys at their offices and their open houses. Their help could not have […]

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 […]