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backpack Program Fights Child Hunger

Unique Program Fights Child Hunger


Imagine starting your school day hungry and unable to focus on what your teacher is saying because of your growling stomach and pounding headache. For one in seven Canadian children, this is a reality.  

Recognizing that hunger has a huge impact on a child’s ability to learn and function, The Salvation Army in Red Deer, Alta., approached the Red Deer Public School Board to start a weekend feeding program where a backpack filled with nutritious food would be taken home by hungry […]

Salvation Army thrift store in High River reopens five months after floods wreaked havoc on its interior

Alberta Floods: One Year Later


June 20, 2014, marks one year since Canadians watched helplessly as powerful, high flood waters unleashed destruction on Calgary and much of southern Alberta, leaving more than a dozen towns declaring a state of emergency.

Today, residents are still picking up the pieces of their lives and are, understandably, on edge when a lot of rain is forecasted and the snow pack in the mountains is deep.

“I’m anxious every time it rains,” says Kathleen, a resident of High River who was […]

Salvation Army Thrift Store Reopens in High River


After suffering extensive damage due to the June floods, The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Centre Street has reopened.

On Tuesday, November 5, there will be a grand-reopening of the store.

The Salvation Army has provided services to the residents of High River for over 106 years.

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W. Garfield Weston Foundation Helps with Alberta Flood Recovery


On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Mark Mitchell from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, along with management from Extra Foods in High River, gathered at The Salvation Army Disaster Assistance Centre to witness first hand the extensive work The Salvation Army is doing to aid in the Alberta flood relief efforts. A generous donation of $75,000 from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation was presented to Captain Pam Goodyear, Divisional Secretary of Public Relations & Development for The Salvation Army. The money […]


After the Flood: A Woman Rebuilds in High River


One by one their homes were overtaken by water. They were powerless to respond. Now, unsure of the future, residents like Kathleen are cleaning-up, trying to get back on their feet.

On June 20, 2013, High River, AB, declared a state of emergency when torrential rains and widespread flooding washed out roads and bridges, cars, couches and appliances, and sent residents racing to safety. The flood was described by the provincial government as the worst in Alberta’s history.


Ten days after the […]


Salvation Army Opens Disaster Assistance Centre In High River


July 15, 2013-Flooding in southern Alberta has changed lives forever and The Salvation Army continues to support those affected.

During the past week The Salvation Army has continued to provide hydration and food at various locations in the Town of High River. Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) teams travelled the streets, often on foot, providing hydration, snacks, and clean-up supplies such as disposable paper coveralls, masks and gloves, to residents who began to clean out their homes. ESC teams were also […]

Rotary Food Bank Drive to Help Stock Shelves


Grande Prairie – Last year, volunteers in the annual Rotary Food-Bank Drive brought in 140,000 food items to replenish the Salvation Army Food Bank.

The September 18th drive gets started at 5 o’clock with teams meeting at the D-Coy Armories — that’s where maps and other supplies are doled out.

Organizers hope they see those kind of numbers and the enthusiastic participation from the community again this year.

Ken O’Shea chairs the food drive: He believes people who need the food bank cut […]

Salvation Army Celebrates 10 Years Helping Homeless


Calgary -The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope has been open for 10 years, and the homeless shelter’s staff and clients marked the occasion by celebrating all those who have been helped.

An estimated 30,000 clients have cycled through the shelter since 2001. “This place saved my life,” said Ali Bakhshizadeh, 47.
“I was in bad shape when I came here.”

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Salvation Army Assists Victims of Slave Lake Fires


Calgary, AB – May 16, 2011 – The devastating fires in Slave Lake has left hundreds of people homeless and forced most of the town to evacuate for safety. The Salvation Army has stepped in to provide various services at the reception centres that have been set up to aid those who have been required to leave their homes. Services differ for each location and include food, clothing, bedding and blankets, as well as emotional and spiritual care. At this […]