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Salvation Army Thrift Store Sends 776 Children to Summer Camp

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The lives of 776 children nationwide will be forever impacted this summer by the generosity of local communities who supported The Salvation Army Thrift Store’s 2017 Send a Kid to Camp campaign.

Taking place over six weeks in 109 Thrift Store locations, the campaign raised  $170,862, a new record from generous donors. With a national goal of providing support to send 600 children to Salvation Army summer camps, the Thrift Store’s  campaign exceeded expectations.

“We were driven to provide fun and valuable […]

BC wildfire response

The Salvation Army Launches National Fundraising Appeal to Support BC Fires Disaster Response

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TORONTO, July 11, 2017 /THQ/—“As wildfires rage in B.C.'s interior, The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services is on alert to provide fast, efficient service to first responders and those impacted by the disaster,” says Lt-Colonel Brian Venables, Divisional Commander. “The Salvation Army’s established and well-rehearsed emergency protocol allows the organization to offer practical support such as food and water, as well as emotional and spiritual care.” 

With more than 14,000 people already evacuated, Salvation Army emergency response teams have supported several […]

Salvation Army worker serves meals to first responders and fire evacuees

Salvation Army Responds to B.C. Wildfires

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As of Monday morning, more than 10,000 people have been evacuated in B.C.s interior due to a weekend of multiple wildfires, road closures, evacuations and a provincial state of emergency.

Salvation Army emergency response units and crews remain on the scene in several locations providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and evacuees.

In Williams Lake the team provided 750 meals Saturday with an additional 1,000 on Sunday. The team in Prince George partnered with local restaurants and […]

Jim (left) receives a bag of food from Salvation Army food bank worker, Marlene Johnston (right)

Homeless and Hungry

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Jim was 70, penniless and living in a storage locker when he turned to The Salvation Army in Belleville, Ont., for help. “I was in a pit,” says Jim. “And there was only myself to blame.”

Jim was raised in a middle-class family and was a good kid until his teens. Then he started drinking.

“I eventually married,” says Jim. “By then alcohol dominated my life. When I drank I was angry and aggressive. My addiction cost me everything.”

Before long Jim’s losses […]

Happy 150th Canada

Happy 150th, Canada!

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Happy Canada Day! Today we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada. We also acknowledge Indigenous peoples who have called this land home for thousands of years. Since 1882, The Salvation Army has had the privilege of serving in Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast. As we commemorate this historic and joyous day, The Salvation Army also shares its ongoing commitment to help end poverty. In such a rich and developed country as Canada, no one should struggle to […]

Kids and counsellor enjoy water day at summer camp

Summer Camp Changes Lives in Positive Ways

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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

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“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 […]

Friends Santhosh, Kostas and Navid, house bags full of donated clothes in their garage before donating to Salvation Army thrift store

Classmates Collect 75 Bags of Clothes to Help Homeless

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Inspired by a class discussion and project about privilege versus hardship, 12-year-old Santhosh, and his classmates Kostas and Navid, collected more than 70 bags of clothes that were donated to The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Newmarket, Ont., to help people experiencing homelessness.

“I did my research,” says Santhosh, “and knew that when we donated to The Salvation Army the items would get to the homeless.”  

The trio set a goal of collecting 50 bags of clothes that included T-shirts, pants, […]

Eleanor sits on chair learning Ukulele at adult day program

Adult Day Program Helps Senior with Dementia

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Eleanor has early onset dementia and one of the best therapies for her has been The Salvation Army’s adult day program in Hamilton, Ont.

“I’ve seen quite a change in Eleanor since she began the program 18 months ago,” says husband, Jim. “She is more outgoing and engaging to talk with. She attends the program three days a week and can’t get there fast enough.”

The program, which operates five days a week, provides a “day out” for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s […]

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PRAY – GIVE – SPEAK OUT : AFRICA FAMINE CRISIS

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Commissioner Susan McMillan, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory, has joined other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Bahá’í faith leaders in Canada in launching a national appeal to help address the famines in South Sudan and the extreme food shortages in Yemen, northeast Nigeria and Somalia. Each of the participating faith communities is mobilizing in response to “one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises since the Second World War: the grim reality of multiple famines occurring […]