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Salvation Army victim services mobile canteen assists in Ottawa fire

The Other Side of the Emergency

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The Salvation Army is a recognizable name in many communities throughout Canada, but few know of the many services this organization provides. One such program is the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) program. Many first responders will recognize their Canteen Services, making sure crews have nourishment and hydration during a prolonged emergency scene, but many first responders will only know the other half of this effort by hearing, “Is Victim’s Services required?” After the response to that question, few are aware […]

Ann Dutton invests in annuities with The Salvation Army

Make a Charitable Gift and Improve Your Income Security

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For donors, 60 years of age or over, a Salvation Army charitable gift annuity not only enables them to make a donation that supports the work of The Salvation Army, it provides a safe, secure stream of income for life that is largely tax exempt and often has a better return than GICs or Bonds.

“I have three annuities with The Salvation Army,” says Ann Dutton, 82. “My annuities give me that extra income to help meet my monthly expenses such […]

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How Your Gently-Used Clothes Can Change a Life

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Christmas is over, and many people are sorting through closets to accommodate new items received. With this in mind, now would be a good time to donate your gently-used clothes or household items to The Salvation Army. When you donate these items, you help people who really need it.

“Any donation goes a long way in providing support,” says Michele Walker, Salvation Army Thrift Store National Retail Operations Manager. “We are always in need of gently-used clothing, household goods and furniture―especially […]

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Salvation Army Addresses Cold Weather Needs

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Imagine that in sub-zero temperatures, you have to send your children to school in hoodies and runners because you can’t afford winter clothing. Or your hands are red, swollen and numb because you live on the streets and don’t own a pair of gloves. Sadly, even in a country as wealthy as Canada, this is an unwelcome reality for many people.   

As temperatures plummet, The Salvation Army is doing its best to keep people warm by providing emergency shelter beds […]

Christmas kettle volunteer thanks donor for contribution. Photo by Steve Nelson.

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign Surpasses $21-Million Goal

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Toronto, ON January 10, 2017 – The Salvation Army is pleased to announce that it raised over $23.5 million nationally through its Christmas Kettle Campaign, surpassing its $21-million goal.

“We are truly grateful for the continued support of our donors, volunteers and community partners, who enable us to help 1.9 million struggling Canadians during the Christmas season and throughout the year,” says Commissioner Susan McMillan, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda.  

As demand for services continues to grow […]

Grace Haven in Hamilton, Ont.

Single Mom Finds New Life with Help from The Salvation Army

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For many people, the new year is a time to get a fresh start on life.  But picking up the pieces and beginning again isn’t always that easy for young, vulnerable mothers.

“I was 18, pregnant and alone when I found The Salvation Army,” says Shannon. “They helped me to stay strong and move forward.”

The Salvation Army’s Grace Haven in Hamilton, Ont., has supported and assisted pregnant young women in the Hamilton area since 1896.

“I will never forget my […]

Salvation Army shelter worker consoles female shelter user

How Year-end Donors Benefit from Charitable Giving

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As 2017 approaches, you can make an end-of-year donation by December 31 that will lessen your tax burden and help The Salvation Army improve the lives of Canadians affected by poverty.

“Charitable contributions provide a tax credit on tax returns (15% on the first $200 and 29% after $200) and reduces the amount of income tax paid by donors,” says David Dunstan, Assistant Financial Secretary for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. “Your online gift will not only help those […]

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Salvation Army Serves Christmas Day Dinner to 1,000 Vulnerable Torontonians

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Christmas Day dinner at The Salvation Army’s Bloor Central location in the heart of Toronto was a happy occasion for more than 1,000 Torontonians who might otherwise be spending Christmas hungry and alone.

“Not everyone has a home to go to, family to spend time with or friends who are near,” says Adam Marshall, volunteer coordinator. “We provide a traditional Christmas dinner in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.”

More than 120 volunteers supported the annual event by cooking 65 turkeys, manning a […]

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Hope is Born

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The birth of the Christ Child makes peace and forgiveness possible.

by General André Cox

For children in many countries around the world, Christmas is a time of great anticipation and excitement.

Christmas is rightly emphasized with the joy of children, for the wonderful story of Christmas is about the coming of the Christ Child of whom we read in Luke’s Gospel:

“At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When this first census took place, […]

Man and child and Salvation Army worker stand in from of Salvation Army medicine hat angel tree

Wildfires Prompt Increased Need for Help this Christmas

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This Christmas, families and individuals in Fort McMurray who were affected by the wildfires in May are starting from scratch and The Salvation Army is offering practical support to help.  

“I can go to my storage containers and pull out my winter coat, boots, Christmas tree and decorations,” says Major Marina Jennings of The Salvation Army. “But those who have lost everything can’t do that.”

The wildfires forced all 90,000 Fort McMurray residents to evacuate the area and destroyed 2,400 homes […]