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Christmas kettle volunteer thanks donor for contribution. Photo by Steve Nelson.

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign Surpasses $21-Million Goal

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Toronto, ON January 10, 2017 – The Salvation Army is pleased to announce that it raised over $23.5 million nationally through its Christmas Kettle Campaign, surpassing its $21-million goal.

“We are truly grateful for the continued support of our donors, volunteers and community partners, who enable us to help 1.9 million struggling Canadians during the Christmas season and throughout the year,” says Commissioner Susan McMillan, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda.  

As demand for services continues to grow […]

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Salvation Army Serves Christmas Day Dinner to 1,000 Vulnerable Torontonians

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Christmas Day dinner at The Salvation Army’s Bloor Central location in the heart of Toronto was a happy occasion for more than 1,000 Torontonians who might otherwise be spending Christmas hungry and alone.

“Not everyone has a home to go to, family to spend time with or friends who are near,” says Adam Marshall, volunteer coordinator. “We provide a traditional Christmas dinner in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.”

More than 120 volunteers supported the annual event by cooking 65 turkeys, manning a […]

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Hope is Born

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The birth of the Christ Child makes peace and forgiveness possible.

by General André Cox

For children in many countries around the world, Christmas is a time of great anticipation and excitement.

Christmas is rightly emphasized with the joy of children, for the wonderful story of Christmas is about the coming of the Christ Child of whom we read in Luke’s Gospel:

“At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When this first census took place, […]

Man and child and Salvation Army worker stand in from of Salvation Army medicine hat angel tree

Wildfires Prompt Increased Need for Help this Christmas

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This Christmas, families and individuals in Fort McMurray who were affected by the wildfires in May are starting from scratch and The Salvation Army is offering practical support to help.  

“I can go to my storage containers and pull out my winter coat, boots, Christmas tree and decorations,” says Major Marina Jennings of The Salvation Army. “But those who have lost everything can’t do that.”

The wildfires forced all 90,000 Fort McMurray residents to evacuate the area and destroyed 2,400 homes […]

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Walmart Canada Helps The Salvation Army Fill the Kettle

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TORONTO, December 14, 2016 ― On Saturday, December 17, Walmart Canada will match donations made by individuals to Salvation Army Christmas kettles located in its stores nationwide up to a maximum of $100,000.

In addition, Walmart Canada will contribute $80,000 to CTV Toy Mountain in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg. This will support the purchase of new toys that will be distributed to children in need this Christmas.

“Since 2007, Walmart Canada and its customers have donated more than $22 million to […]

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Help Someone Have Christmas this Year

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Food Banks Canada has released its HungerCount 2016 report and food bank use is steadily rising. The month of December is guaranteed to be hard for many Canadians.

“Our poor economy has been the major role in food bank increases,” says Shannon Weinberger, community and family services worker for The Salvation Army in Saskatchewan. “The majority of our clients are working or receiving employment insurance, and many of our families are working two or more jobs, but it just […]

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4 Ways to Change a Life this Christmas

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Poverty isn’t always easy to see, especially at Christmas. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, last year The Salvation Army helped over 1.9 million people in need. Here are some ways you can support those who are struggling.  

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One in 10 Canadians continue to live in poverty. Your contributions allow The Salvation Army to help low-income individuals and families year-round with the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter. Click

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Salvation Army Partners with Murdoch Mysteries on Holiday Special

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This Christmas season, The Salvation Army is partnering with the CBC on a special episode of Murdoch Mysteries.

On Monday, December 12, at 8 p.m.(8:30 NT) the two-hour special ‘Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas’ will include scenes that feature The Salvation Army’s historic presence and message. The Christmas episode incorporates elements of The Salvation Army but also focuses on the importance of giving to others.

“This year’s holiday special provides the perfect platform for The Salvation Army to convey their message of […]

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Toys Help Vulnerable Children Smile This Christmas

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This Christmas, more than 90,000 children across Canada will receive toys from The Salvation Army because of your generosity.

“The toys we get from The Salvation Army means my children won’t be sad on Christmas morning,” says Tahseen. “They’ve suffered enough hardship.”

Memories of Baghdad

In his hometown of Bagdad, violence and armed conflict forced Tahseen and his family to flee for safety in nearby Syria.

“In Baghdad, our family-owned jewelry business was robbed,” says Tahseen. “I was sitting there when family members were […]

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Salvation Army Launches 126th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign

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Toronto, ON November 23, 2016 – The Salvation Army has launched its 2016 Christmas Kettle Campaign. Now in its 126th year, the annual holiday campaign seeks donations from the public to help The Salvation Army assist millions of Canadians living in poverty. With one in 10 Canadians struggling to make ends meet, The Salvation Army’s advertising campaign focuses on the fact that “Poverty isn’t always easy to see, especially during the holidays.”

With a national $21-million fundraising goal, the Christmas Kettle Campaign enables local […]