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Two students show their back to school supplies and backpack provided by The Salvation Army in Moncton

Not Everyone Can Afford Back-to-School Supplies

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Summer is starting to wind down and retailers are rolling out back-to-school deals. But not everyone can afford school supplies. What happens when struggling families simply can’t provide the essentials?

Moncton, N.B., is one of many Salvation Army centres across Canada supporting low-income and struggling families by providing donated school supplies and backpacks.

“Last year, we served 900 students,” says Dean Pritchett, Community Ministries Coordinator in Moncton. “This includes school supplies as outlined by the school system, new backpacks and vouchers to […]

Executive Director, Joyce Kristjansson (right) chats with resident (left) over a meal

Why Long-Term Care Matters

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Alice Mayor, 102, suffers with Dementia. Elliot Armstrong, 78, has physical limitations. Yet, despite their challenges, they are living enjoyable and fulfilling lives at The Salvation Army’s Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg.

“Our goal is to provide health, personal and social supports to individuals through the last months and years of life,” says Joyce Kristjansson, Executive Director. “We also help families deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their loved-ones illness.”

The long-term care facility was established in 1970 to […]

3 summer camp kids prepare to do rope climbing

Supporting Low-Income Youth after Summer Camp

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A week at summer camp for youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds can help them leave the challenges of poverty behind, escape the routines of daily life, improve socialization and interpersonal skills, and grow in confidence. But what happens after they have just experienced the best week of their summer?

“We must change our thinking about what summer camp is,” says Captain Ruth Gillingham, Camp Director, Pine Lake, Alta.  “Our camp is more than just learning new skills, developing friendships and creating […]

After school class displays lessons learned in gardening

Planting Seeds of Hope

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A new community garden at The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in Kingston, Ont., is providing a way for the community to grow much-needed fruits and vegetables that can be distributed to low-income individuals and families.  

“We used to have a lawn in front of our building, now it’s a thriving community garden,” says Jack Parker, Program Supervisor. “The garden will also serve as a learning opportunity for our after-school program. Children are learning about the health benefits of eating […]

two kids who attend summer camp

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 […]

Food bank client (right) accepts box of food from Salvation Army worker (left)

Help End Summer Hunger

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Close to one million people – including more than 300,000 children – will rely on food banks across Canada this summer.

“When I lost my business, everything changed for me,” says Yolla. “Sometimes I sleep on my pillow and cry. I worked hard for 23 years and never thought I’d be in this situation. The Salvation Army’s food bank is making a hard life a bit better.”

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation, yet when the weather gets warm there is often a […]

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 […]