Christmas_2012-1

When Life’s Necessities are only a Dream

11
.20

It was Christmas Eve. Six-year-old Kyle knew there would be no gifts the next morning. His father was laid off a few months earlier. They had been living on potato soup. Still, he hung his stocking at the foot of his bed…and dreamed.

Today, The Salvation Army announced the national launch of the 2012 Christmas Campaign, an effort designed to raise money and awareness for the millions of Canadians currently living in poverty. This Christmas, The Salvation Army is emphasizing that “no dream is too small when you’re in need” with the introduction of a new, innovative advertising campaign.

“We want to encourage all Canadians to dream of a world where everyone has access to life’s basic needs,” said Commissioner Brian Peddle, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. “We hope this campaign will demonstrate to the donating public that no amount is too small and that every gift makes a big difference in the life of a person in need.”

Last year the Army’s Christmas campaign raised more than $21 million. As the need for its services continues to increase The Salvation Army knows it can count on the continued generosity of Canadians to meet growing demands.

And Kyle….his parents did what they could. In his stocking on Christmas morning was a bag of popcorn and a lead pencil.

But under the tree was one of the best Lego sets ever. Someone made Kyle’s dream come true and Christmas wasn’t so bad after all.

Will you make a difference this Christmas?

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Kids and counsellor enjoy water day at summer camp

Summer Camp Changes Lives in Positive Ways

06
.23

Healthy, hearty meals, Bible lessons, canoeing, tight ropes and campfires. That’s what close to 4,000 children will experience at Salvation Army camps this year.

Captain Rick Zelinsky, Executive Director for Ontario Camping Ministries, used to attend Salvation Army camp as a child. He says if kids are looking for a fun, well-rounded summer camp experience, this is it.

Young camper enjoys water day at summer camp

“Camp gives them freedom to be a kid,” says Zelinsky. “It’s a great opportunity to meet […]

Michel stands on bridge with mountains in the backdrop

My Life of Addiction

06
.20

“It was a cloudless, chilly, November day when I stood under the south end of the Pattulo Bridge in Vancouver, scouting for a possible place to sleep,” says Michel. “I’d been homeless for about two months, was sick and tired of my situation, and fantasized about what an alcohol-free life would be like.

“I started drinking at age 15 because it seemed like a fun and adult thing to do. Plus, I was awkward around girls. When I drank it was […]