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Salvation Army Christmas assistance relieves a lot of holiday pressure for low-income people

Salvation Army in the News


Now in its 125th year, The Salvation Army’s annual holiday campaign seeks donations from the public to help millions of Canadians living in poverty. The Salvation Army is doing its best to help vulnerable Canadians across the country. But don’t just take our word for it. The following are links to recent media reports about The Salvation Army at work.

Victoria, B.C. – When she needed help, Kelly Jane, a single parent, received a food hamper that relieved a lot of […]

Piggy bank with Santa hat, gifts, christmas tree

Budgeting Makes Christmas a Reality


Buy Christmas gifts or pay bills? This was a question Dorothy and her husband struggled with last year. Living from paycheque to paycheque, they barely made ends meet, let alone having extra money for Christmas. On the verge of bankruptcy they had to find a way to improve their financial situation or  Christmas would be another sad season.

“The Salvation Army’s budget counselling, along with diligence and determination, moved us toward a better future,” says Dorothy. “In the past few years, […]

London, Ont., community and family services distributes toys to struggling families at Christmas

Layoffs Prompt Increased Need for Help at Christmas


With recent layoffs in London, Ont., The Salvation Army is seeing more people requesting assistance for Christmas this year. Hundreds of low-income families and individuals in Canada will depend on The Salvation Army to celebrate Christmas.

“At any time people can be hit with an unexpected crisis,” says Nancy Kerr, Program Services Manager for The Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services in London. “From job loss to unexpected bills to relationship breakdowns we are replacing tears of defeat with smiles of […]


The Salvation Army’s 124th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal


Toronto, ON (January 15, 2015) – Thanks to contributions from donors, volunteers and community partners, The Salvation Army raised $22 million dollars during its 124th annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. Donations to the campaign will remain in the local communities in which they were raised and will help The Salvation Army in the fight against poverty throughout Canada.

“We are truly touched by the generosity of our neighbours, peers and corporate partners, year after year,” said Commissioner Susan McMillan, Territorial Commander for […]

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Salvation Army International Leader Speaks on the True Meaning of Christmas


In the world today we often see people choosing to ignore the true meaning of the Christmas message. For many it is a very busy time of the year, with so many activities to rush between. Countless demands and pressures seem to be placed upon us, with a myriad of preparations to make. Within self-gratifying materialistic and consumer-driven societies many, sadly, will be caught on the arduous treadmill of Christmas parties, shopping and concerts.

Why, though, should that concern us? When […]


Salvation Army’s 124th Christmas Kettle Campaign Halfway to $21-Million Goal


Toronto, ON (December 16, 2014) – With a fundraising goal of $21 million, The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has received just over $11 million in donations so far this holiday season. The charitable fundraiser runs through Christmas Eve and helps local Salvation Army units provide vulnerable people with basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and other provisions. Donations also enable The Salvation Army to offer life-changing programs, such as substance abuse recovery, job and skills training, and education […]

Patricia finds hope at Salvation Army moms program

Salvation Army Eases the Burden of Poverty This Christmas


Patricia grew up in a well-to-do family and was always a giver, particularly during the Christmas season. But this year, due to unexpected financial setbacks, she is one of more than 600 families seeking help from The Salvation Army in Cornerbrook, N.L.

“When my six-year-old son looked in the pantry for something for breakfast and said ‘mommy, we don’t have a lot’, I felt I’d been punched in the stomach,” says Patricia. “That day I swallowed my pride and contacted The […]

Antoinette chooses Christmas presents for her children at The Salvation Army's Community and Family Services in Markham, Ont.

Donation to The Salvation Army Helps Deliver Hope This Christmas


Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have donated $50,000 to The Salvation Army’s Christmas fundraising campaign to help low-income families have a brighter Christmas.

Antoinette, single parent of six, is one of many who turn to The Salvation Army for support. “Due to my limited resources, Christmas is always challenging for me,” she says.

While many of us are fortunate enough to enjoy the Christmas season, thousands of Canadians are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, one in 10 Canadians […]