The Salvation Army in Canada

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Salvation Army Gives Aid to Tornado Victims


Environment Canada has confirmed an F1 tornado touched down in Essex County in southwestern Ontario early Sunday morning. Leamington, a town of approximately 30,000 residents, saw damage to barns, grain bins, corn silos, houses and mobile homes, as well as countless broken and uprooted trees. A state of emergency was declared by the municipality.

Salvation Army emergency disaster services personnel were on the ground shortly after the tornado, bringing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual support to those affected. […]

Salvation Army Responds to Double Disaster in Guatemala


Salvation Army emergency response teams in Guatemala are providing assistance after the country was hit by two major disasters within 10 days.

A state of emergency was declared after the eruption of the Pacaya Volcano – about 15 miles south of the capital, Guatemala City. A television journalist was killed in the eruption and the international airport had to be closed. Some 1,600 people were evacuated from the slopes of the volcano and two to three inches of ash built up […]

Some Canadian charities still reeling in wake of recession


OTTAWA — In a plea to Canadians, the Salvation Army announced last week that, three weeks into a month-long fundraising campaign, the organization was about 40 per cent short of its target.

The lack of donations could be a product of being less visible during warmer months, said Andrew Burditt, spokesman for the Salvation Army, the international religious charity known well for its annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

Or, he said, the shortfall could be part of the hangover some Canadians are feeling […]

Salvation Army in Czech Republic Responds to Floods


The Salvation Army in the Czech Republic provided assistance after heavy rain and floods brought chaos in the north-east of the country. One person was killed and many hundreds had to be evacuated from their homes.

The Salvation Army took over the coordination of humanitarian help in the village of Troubky where some 500 houses were affected by the floods.

Up to 90 volunteers, mostly local people, were involved in the response, distributing vital supplies from a central store to the people […]

Salvation Army Cadets, Staff and Families Prepare to Flee Violence in Jamaica


Ongoing violent clashes between criminal gangs and the military and police in Kingston, Jamaica, are affecting The Salvation Army on the Caribbean island. The Army’s training college, which is only a few blocks from the fiercest fighting, has had bullets through its windows. Cadets and staff from the college wait to be evacuated with their children as soon as the police feel it is safe for them to leave the premises.

A state of emergency was declared in Kingston as gangs […]

Tents for Haiti Campaign a Huge Success


In an attempt to help Haiti heal Salvation Army Thrift Stores across the country raised enough money to purchase 100 UN approved tents at $500 per tent.

The month-long “Tents for Haiti” campaign was a great way for Thrift Store customers to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster relief in Haiti.

The Salvation Army is grateful to its customers for helping to make “Tents for Haiti” a reality.

Says John Kershaw, Managing Director of The Salvation Army’s National Recycling Operations: […]

The Salvation Army Opens Doors to Public During National Red Shield Campaign


Largest Non-governmental Provider of Social Service in Canada Hosts Open House Events at Facilities Nationwide

WHO:  Salvation Army leaders and the general public, including local politicians, civic groups and community leaders

WHAT: On Wednesday, May 19th The Salvation Army will host a national open house, giving the media and public an opportunity to tour facilities and see, first-hand, the services provided to more than 1.5 million Canadians each year.

BACKGROUND: The National Open House is The Salvation Army’s largest one-day event, culminating a […]

Salvation Army Commences Work in United Arab Emirates


On June 1, 2010, The Salvation Army will officially commence its work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This will bring the number of countries where the Army operates to 121.

Less than two years ago, The Salvation Army’s work began officially in neighboring Kuwait. Then, exploration started with regard to the possibility of extending the Army’s ministry into the UAE. An invitation was extended for the Army to plan a Christmas carol service in Dubai and this was attended by […]

Salvation Army Haiti Earthquake Relief: Update 11


The Salvation Army continues to bring healing and hope to the people of Haiti that were affected by the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

More than 4 million meals have been given out in Port-au-Prince, where The Salvation Army has responsibility for 20,000 people living in temporary shelters. But throughout Haiti, food items continue to be distributed to small towns, churches, schools and in other locations.

Numana, Inc., (an international hunger relief organization with the mission of empowering people to save the starving), […]

Minister of Public Safety encourages Canadians to plan for emergencies


OTTAWA, April 30, 2010— The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement on the 15th anniversary of Emergency Preparedness Week, which runs from May 2 – 8, 2010. This annual event promotes the importance of emergency preparedness, with countless activities planned in communities across Canada. This year’s theme is “72 Hours…Is Your Family Prepared?”

“All levels of government and first responders such as police, firefighters, and paramedics work hard to keep Canadians safe, but they are not […]