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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 […]

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Salvation Army Thrift Store sends nearly 800 Kids to Summer Camps in 2017

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The lives of 776 less fortunate kids nationwide will be forever impacted this summer by the generosity of their 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 the bar for the seventh year having collected a new record of $170,862 from generous donors. With a national goal of providing support to send 600 kids to Salvation Army summer camps, […]

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Summer Camp Changes Lives in Positive Ways

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Healthy, hearty meals, Bible lessons, canoeing, tight ropes and campfires. That’s what close to 4,000 children will experience at Salvation Army camps this year.

Captain Rick Zelinsky, Executive Director for Ontario Camping Ministries, used to attend Salvation Army camp as a child. He says if kids are looking for a fun, well-rounded summer camp experience, this is it.

 

 

Young camper enjoys water day at summer camp

“Camp gives them freedom to be a kid,” says Zelinsky. […]

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My Life of Addiction

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“It was a cloudless, chilly, November day when I stood under the south end of the Pattulo Bridge in Vancouver, scouting for a possible place to sleep,” says Michel. “I’d been homeless for about two months, was sick and tired of my situation, and fantasized about what an alcohol-free life would be like.

“I started drinking at age 15 because it seemed like a fun and adult thing to do. Plus, I was awkward around girls. When I drank it was […]

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Classmates Collect 75 Bags of Clothes to Help Homeless

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Inspired by a class discussion and project about privilege versus hardship, 12-year-old Santhosh, and his classmates Kostas and Navid, collected more than 70 bags of clothes that were donated to The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Newmarket, Ont., to help people experiencing homelessness.

“I did my research,” says Santhosh, “and knew that when we donated to The Salvation Army the items would get to the homeless.”  

The trio set a goal of collecting 50 bags of clothes that included T-shirts, pants, […]

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Adult Day Program Helps Senior with Dementia

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Eleanor has early onset dementia and one of the best therapies for her has been The Salvation Army’s adult day program in Hamilton, Ont.

“I’ve seen quite a change in Eleanor since she began the program 18 months ago,” says husband, Jim. “She is more outgoing and engaging to talk with. She attends the program three days a week and can’t get there fast enough.”

The program, which operates five days a week, provides a “day out” for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s […]

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From Drug Abuse to Recovery

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All he could do was think about his next fix. Then, when Ricky’s family was about to disown him due to his drug addiction, he turned to The Salvation Army for help. “My family was all I had,” says Ricky. “That struck me so hard.”

For over 60 years, The Salvation Army’s Harbour Light in Vancouver has provided a safe place and support for people to address their greatest challenges. Services offer a continuum of care that provides the tools to […]

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Winnipeg Newcomers Grow Hope at Salvation Army Community Garden

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Winnipeg has experienced an influx of newcomers over the past few years and many face food security challenges.

Dil moved to Canada in 2009 with his wife and children from Bhutan. He wanted to grow vegetables to help provide for his family but lives in an apartment with no backyard.

Li, a single parent of two from China, wanted affordable, healthy food for her young children.

As summer approaches, their dream of home grown, nutritious and affordable food is within reach. The Salvation […]

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The Salvation Army in Fort McMurray: One Year after the Wildfire

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“The haunting memories of the wildfire are as fresh today as they were one year ago,” says Major Stephen Hibbs of The Salvation Army. “Lots of healing still needs to take place in Fort McMurray.”

It’s been one year since the northern Alberta city was swallowed by a wildfire, which forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people, destroyed 2,500 homes and other buildings, and caused more damage than any other disaster in Canadian history.

“When the fire started on May 1, 2016, […]

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Salvation Army Recognizes One of its Many Dedicated Volunteers

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National Volunteer Week is about acknowledging people who engage in their communities.

“This National Volunteer Week, we recognize the selfless contributions of our volunteers who, last year, donated close to 1.2 million hours of their time to the work of The Salvation Army,” says Michelle Weekes, The Salvation Army’s National Director of Volunteer Services. “It is because of volunteers that we are able to reach more people in need.”

Meet Tiffany

“I had just graduated from college and couldn’t find work,” says Tiffany […]