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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 […]

Bruce Bowie wins teh AFP National Philanthropy Award in Edmonton for his years of service at The Salvation Army

Long-time Volunteer Bruce Bowie Recognized with Philanthropy Award

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Always a voice of compassion and advocacy for the marginalized, well-known Edmonton radio personality Bruce Bowie has been on The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board for 18 years. He’s a dedicated volunteer and an always engaging host at the many events he has emceed for the Army over the years.

This year, The Salvation Army was honoured to thank their good friend for his service, with a nomination for the AFP Edmonton National Philanthropy Award which recognizes those who “contribute […]

Photo courtesy Lyle Aspinall/Postmedia

Rex Murphy and $200,000 Kick-Off Calgary Kettle Campaign

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Political commentator and media personality Rex Murphy captivated the audience of 600 people at the Hope in the City Luncheon in Calgary. The event kicked off the 2016 Christmas Kettle Campaign, which aims to raise one million dollars.

Murphy’s address spoke to The Salvation Army’s persistent, though often quiet, response to need in society. “Spirit lifts us in ordinary and extraordinary ways when there is manifest need – it is the Albertan and The Salvation Army way.”

Prior to Murphy taking the […]

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Kettle Campaigner: Making a Difference

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By her own admission, Jacci Bibeau is one fussy volunteer. “I do a lot of research before I do anything. I have to know it’s making a difference and that the money goes where it’s supposed to go."

The Salvation Army passed Bibeau’s scrutiny with flying colours, but that’s not the only factor that keeps her at her station five days a week during the Christmas Kettle Campaign. “I enjoy it. I love talking to people. I heard some incredible stories […]

Volunteer at a Kettle and Help Bring Hope This Christmas

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Can you spare a few hours to ring the bells at a Kettle this Christmas season? Our Kettles are open for donations only if we have a volunteer available, and thousands of Kettle volunteer hours are needed to help reach our goals. The money raised stays local and supports our year-round programs and services, such as food hampers, toys, clothing, counselling, summer camps, addictions recovery, and employment services. You can volunteer on your own, with a child or grandchild, or even as a group! To find out […]