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Homeless Man with Golden Voice is an Online Video Sensation


His voice will make you sit up and listen. The homeless man with the rich baritone voice, Ted Williams, is an online video sensation with more than 4 million views. And, his fame may have landed him a job.

Williams was spotted by The Columbas Dispatch, Ohio’s top news source for local news, standing at an exit ramp off Interstate 71. He was holding a cardboard sign asking motorists for help. “I’m an ex radio announcer who has fallen on hard […]

Will you make any New Years Resolutions?


How long do your New Year’s resolutions last? Will you make one this year?

For many of us, the New Year will hold challenges such as getting into shape, completing overdo remodeling projects, eating healthy foods and how to save money.

But for one in 11 Canadians the New Year will be one that carries the pain of hunger, the burden of inadequate and unaffordable housing, the heartache of unemployment and the loss of what little dignity they held. […]

Salvation Army Symbols and References in Film and Music


For decades, Salvation Army traditional sounds such as brass bands, carollers and bell-ringers have had several references made to them by popular culture. Today these familiar Salvation Army symbols of Christmas continue to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing work of the Army.

In Film

  • A Christmas Story (1983) The Salvation Army’s Northeast Ohio Youth Band appears playing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” in a Christmas parade.
  • Batman Begins (2005) – Mention of The Salvation Army.
  • Bernard And […]

Kevin Frankish and Breakfast Television Helps to Fill the Kettle


For his third consecutive year, Kevin Frankish, co-host of Toronto’s Number 1 morning show Breakfast Television, is an on-line bell-ringer.

In 2009, the BT ikettle raised close to $45,000 for The Salvation Army during the Christmas season.

The iKettle is an easy-to-use online tool that allows participants to customize their own iKettle web page and then invite others via e-mail to donate. All donations support programs in the local community of the donor.

This year, […]

Nadanu in Partnership with The Salvation Army in Canada Launch Kettle Donation App with a Real Life Giving Experience


Charities are experiencing the benefit of having a presence on its supporters’ mobile devices, social media pages and desktop computers. Add an animated giving experience and you’ve got a virtual life like giving tool. The idea is to encourage spontaneous donations more often, by being present when their moment of inspiration arrives. With Nadanu, charities can encourage and collect donations from anywhere at any time. The Salvation Army in Canada has signed on to this way of thinking.

By collaborating with […]

Christmas Greetings in the Air


One of our most popular blog posts was “Which Seasonal Greeting Do You Prefer?

Bonnie comments: “Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays are both greetings that are cool with me. For people to act so upset and offended when they see or hear Season’s Greetings or Happy Holidays is ridiculous. Also I think it’s the out of control commercialism that people should worry about.”

What, if anything, offends or disturbs you at Christmas? and the Fill the Kettle Hashtag


On November 15 The Salvation Army launched a new website for our Christmas Kettle campaign, The site encourages Canadians to virtually monitor their neighbourhood kettle.

Visitors to the site are able to track how much has been raised in Kettles across Canada and they can make donations online or invite others to donate to a particular Kettle.

Each of the Kettles set up across Canada are represented on a Google map so people can go online to […]

World Aids Day


Today, December 1, as we observe World AIDS Day, the Toronto Star released the following:

“We must reject complacency and disregard against HIV and AIDS. Data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada this week clearly demonstrates there is a wide-ranging domestic HIV epidemic. In fact, new HIV infections in Canada in 2007, 2008 and 2009 were higher than the number of new infections in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

“Furthermore, an estimated 26 per cent of HIV-infected Canadians are not […]

Christmas, Commercialism and Black Friday


The U.S. Black Friday shopping frenzy on November 26 marks the beginning of Christmas sales and will see more than 60 million people swarming stores for Christmas bargains. In 2009 the overall Black Friday revenue was $2.7 billion.

While shoving, pushing and yelling are not uncommon as shoppers seek out the best deals going, there are hundreds of thousands of people at home just grateful they made it through another year.

Last year, record numbers of people were […]

5 Ways to Support The Salvation Army Online this Christmas


The Salvation Army has a lot of online initiatives that we’re excited about this Christmas season! Every year we do are best to develop new and innovative ways to create two-way engagment with our online friends and donors. So without further delay, here are 5 Ways to Support The Salvation Army Online this Christmas:

1. Start an iKettle

For three years now we’ve given you the ability to start your own online Christmas Kettle, what we call iKettles. This is […]