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Fitting Nutrition into the Lives of Street Youth


Do you find it hard to eat right? An estimated 6,500 homeless youth in Canada do.

The lives these teenagers lead consist mostly of jumping from doorways to shelters to various couches, sometimes a different place each night, where there’s no place to cook or obtain healthy food on a regular basis.

Youth who are homeless face poor nutrition, which worsens existing conditions and weakens the immune system. They need nutritional balance for their bodies and brains to properly grow […]

Lesson for today: Generosity


Back-to-school help in Halifax is a community effort. Linda Elliott started giving away supplies from her Bedford home, starting with about 12 backpacks. She partnered with the Salvation Army three years ago.

Almost 150 brand-new backpacks full of pencils, paper, binders, crayons, glue and other school supplies were given to struggling families Wednesday at the Salvation Army on Gottingen Street, a week before school starts in Halifax.

The younger crowd in the Salvation Army on Wednesday morning could barely move by the […]


Volunteering trends—Youth Lead the Way


In general, younger Canadians are more likely to volunteer than older Canadians.

A recent article by Statistics Canada also states that:
• young Canadians aged 15 to 24 were more likely to volunteer than Canadians in most other age groups.
• more than eight in 10 Canadians help others directly (informal volunteering).
• while younger Canadians are more likely to volunteer than older Canadians, they devoted fewer hours than older Canadians.
• religion plays an important role in formal volunteering.
• education level and income also play […]

Salvation Army Needs School Supply Donations


The B.C. Salvation Army says demand for its back to school charitable program has more than doubled in the past two years.

The program helps give backpacks full of school supplies to elementary school children in need.

“The bottom line is those kids go back to school with some good new things that they need and hopefully they’re happier about it,” said Maj. Russ Holland.

“They can walk into the school first day and they have all these school supplies. They have a […]

The Salvation Army Fills kids’ Backpacks for Back-to-school


B.C. – At the beginning of every school year there are families who cannot afford the long list of school supplies their child needs to help them learn.

The Salvation Army has once again launched their annual Backpack and School Supply Drive to fill 5,000 backpacks with all the supplies kids will need.

On Monday, members of the Chiropractic Association came to help, and donated 5,000 backpacks to the cause.

Within the last few years The Salvation Army has seen an increase in […]

Ontario Thrift Store Customers Send Kids to Camp


Camping season is off to a great start this year at The Salvation Army Jackson’s Point Camp!

On Wednesday, July 4, representatives from Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Ontario, including Retail District Managers Maria Guayacan and Priscilla Jogaratnam along with Store Managers Michelle Sanelli and Shaney Cannon, were at Jackson’s Point to present a cheque for $22,462 to help send children to camp.

The money was collected through generous donations made by customers at Thrift Stores across Central Ontario during this year’s […]

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Summer Camp Experiences


Have you attended summer camp? Maybe you’ve been a camp counsellor or worked in the dish pit.

Today, more than 4,500 children attend Salvation Army week-long and day camps each summer. Talk to any camper, camp parent, camp director, etc. and you’ll be told wonderful stories, filled with magical memories and positive life-altering experiences.

What is your memorable camp experience?

Fundraiser Sends Hundreds of Kids to Camp


For the third year in a row, Thrift Stores in Canada collected funds in-store to help send marginalized children to camp for one week. The 2012 Send a Kid to Camp fundraiser ran from April 2 to May 12.

Thanks to the generous support of guests, sponsors and others, funds raised will send 445 kids to camp. The numbers have more than doubled from last year.

With more than 200 nationally and locally operated thrift stores from coast to coast, the Salvation […]

Thrift Store Partners with Local Soccer Club


Throughout the month of March, the Parkdale Thrift Store, located in downtown Toronto at 1447 Queen Street West, will host an in-store fundraiser to support the local youth soccer club.

Bloor Central Soccer Club (BCSC) is a group that is committed to offering high quality recreation programs for low income families on the west side of Toronto. Last summer 270 children (ranging from ages seven to 12) from 210 families participated in the soccer program. BCSC […]