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Using Your Skills to Help Others

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Six students from Toronto’s Ryerson University School of Radio and Television Arts used their skills to raise awareness about the challenges facing society’s most vulnerable.

Inspired by The Salvation Army’s message of hope and dignity they created Canada’s first 3D public service announcement for their senior year’s final project. The PSA clearly pointed out that everyone has a right to life’s basic necessities.

They put their skills to good use.

What are you giving up for Lent?

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The first day of Lent, the season of preparation for Easter begins on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. It’s traditional to give up something that we do a lot of and that we find pleasure in.
For many people, that may mean 40 days without:

• a particular food or drink
• television
• Facebook
• video games
• shopping
• using a credit card

Sometimes we don’t notice how certain things we do gain power over us.

Why Dignity Matters

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The Salvation Army believes that human dignity is a fundamental right for all. As an international Christian movement with an acute social conscience, The Salvation Army is called to a mission of service that provides dignity and respect.

In Canada one in 11 people live in poverty and, for them, dignity is far from reach. With this in mind The Salvation Army has launched the Dignity Project, a campaign designed to educate and inform the public about the challenges facing […]

Salvation Army Aids Homeless with Towels

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It’s just another way of restoring dignity to homeless men. The Salvation Army’s Maxwell Meighan Centre in Toronto’s downtown core is providing descent-sized, warm bath towels to residents through its “wrap someone in love” campaign.

The centre, which delivered services and beds to more than 127,000 clients last year, provides personal, everyday items to its residents. Towels currently purchased by the centre are 20 x 40 inches (slightly smaller than most towels), are thin and a basic white. […]

Can Homelessness Be Wiped Out?

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It has been said that homelessness can be wiped out within a decade if the right strategy is in place.

In Canada, an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 people are homeless, living in shelters or on the streets. On any given night, 40,000 people stay in homeless shelters and The Salvation Army provides one quarter of all shelter beds across the country.

Now, in 2011, Canada is the only major country in the world without a national housing program designed to […]

Acts of Kindness on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day of romance. It can be a day of kindness with opportunity to spread good will.

On February 14 in Williams Lake, B.C. the “empty bowl” project will raise funds and awareness for The Salvation Food Bank and hunger in that community.

Cariboo Potters Guild, with a membership of 45, will contribute at least 200 hand-made bowls to the event that will be hosted by a local Bistro. The public is invited […]

New School for Low-Income Kids

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Thought to be a first for Canada, will a program that only admits low-income students help them battle the effects of poverty or set them up for ridicule?

Opening this fall, a Niagara-area school will only admit low-income students whose parents don’t have a college or university education. Students from low-income homes often struggle in school and drop out in higher numbers, and closing that achievement gap is now a major focus for educators.

The school will provide nutrition […]

Can You Trust a Homeless Person?

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What would happen if, instead of spare change, you handed a person in need a credit card to shop for whatever they needed?

In New York City an advertising executive handed over her American Express Platinum Card to a homeless man after he asked her for change. The man, who was without a home after losing his job, used the card to buy $25 worth of deodorant, water and cigarettes. Then, he returned the card.

In Toronto, an undercover […]

With No Aid, Woman Freezes to Death

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Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a 66-year-old Toronto woman recently wandered from her home without a coat, in sub-zero temperatures.

The distressed woman cried for help but no one came to her aid or called 911. Detectives say at least two residents heard the woman’s screaming and one man saw her in distress but ignored her. She even scratched at a screen door trying to get inside.

She was found deceased by a newspaper deliver person, who then notified police […]

“Like” Hanes on Facebook and Support The Salvation Army

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It’s quick and easy. Visit Facebook.com/hanescanada and ‘Like’ their page. By doing so you’ll help Hanes donate 5,000 T-shirts to The Salvation Army.

One T-shirt for every person that clicks the donate button will be donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to those who have met with hard times. Latest reports show that 2,000 T-shirts have been donated.

Last year more than 1. 6 million were helped by The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. […]