The Salvation Army in Canada

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young mother with child get assistance from Salvation Army

Hope in a Box


As she sat quietly waiting for her bag of food items at The Salvation Army in Toronto’s community of Agincourt, Nicole had more than feeding her four hungry children on her mind. With a near empty bank account, she couldn’t provide winter wear for her family or afford to keep her dog. And Christmas, which was just around the corner, would be especially difficult.

“When I came to The Salvation Army I was depressed, mentally overwhelmed and just plain exhausted,” says […]

Salvation Army worker welcomes guest for Christmas meal

Thousands Served at Salvation Army Christmas Dinners


With one in eight Canadian families struggling to put food on their table and an estimated 30,000 people experience homelessness on any given night, The Salvation Army’s Christmas dinners provided a holiday meal for those who wouldn’t otherwise have one.

“It’s a festive atmosphere,” says Captain George Kogan, from The Salvation Army in Langford, B.C. “We feed 250 people at the event, which isn’t just for those experiencing financial hardship. Everybody is welcome. The dinner also caters to people who may […]

A Christmas Message from Salvation Army International Leader

A Christmas Message from Salvation Army International Leader


The Gift of Salvation

It is with hearts filled with thanksgiving and praise to God that we should enter this Christmas season. I hope we will all take time to reflect and contemplate the everlasting love and eternal plan of salvation that God has prepared since the beginning of time for all mankind.

We certainly have had ample opportunity to reflect on the boundless love of God to The Salvation Army throughout this milestone year of the 150th anniversary celebrations. Once again, […]

Volunteer, Rod McMullin, stands at a kettle to collect funds for The Salvation Army's work

Heartwarming Stories from a Kettle Volunteer


In more than 2,000 locations across Canada, Salvation Army bell-ringers serve on the front lines of what continues to be the organizations most popular fundraising tool. Rod McMullin, who’s volunteered on the familiar red kettle for several years in Oshawa, Ont., says it’s a heartwarming experience.

“Many people stop by to drop cash or coins into the kettle,” says Rod. “I hear lots of stories about how The Salvation Army was there with a helping hand when they needed it most.”

Rod […]

On December 19, Walmart Canada Helps Salvation Army Fill the Kettle

Walmart Canada Helps Salvation Army Fill the Kettle


TORONTO, December 17, 2015 ― On Saturday, December 19, 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 $70,000 to CTV Toy Mountain in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Ontario Great Lakes (Oakville Place, Burlington Mall and Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton) and Winnipeg. This will support the purchase of new toys that will be distributed to children in need this Christmas.

“Since […]

Lorne Moir, hands on in the kitchen, at his annual Christmas fundraising dinner

One Man Makes Christmas Bright for More than Four Decades


Christmas should be a time of great joy. But for many Canadians struggling to make ends meet, the season is less than merry and bright. Thanks to the generosity of people such as Lorne Moir, The Salvation Army can extend its reach in improving the situations of vulnerable individuals and families this Christmas and throughout the year.

“If you can help one person, you’ve done your job,” says 70-year-old Lorne. “It feels good to know that someone’s Christmas will be that […]

Raeann, now back on her feet, donates sales from her business to The Salvation Army

A Christmas Miracle


It was Christmastime and, no matter how hard she tried, single parent, Raeann, couldn’t embrace the festive spirit. Could she get through her first Christmas on her own? How would she tell her four-year-old daughter there would be no Christmas turkey? Then, on Christmas Eve, a knock at the door changed everything.

“Billie Marie and I were watching a holiday movie when I heard a knock at our apartment door,” says Raeann.”I was taken aback to see a volunteer from The […]

Salvation Army kettle donations provide food and toys for vulnerable families

Why You Should Help Fill the Kettle This Holiday Season


Each Christmas, The Salvation Army relies on thousands of volunteers to help our kettle campaign. Ginger Braaten is one of our faithful volunteers who shares why she supports The Salvation Army.

“Salvation Army kettles are a part of my childhood. I remember Christmas shopping with my family and hearing the bells. Mom and Dad immediately reached for their wallets and would pass the bills to my sister and me to put in the kettle. There was always a warm smile on […]

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, […]