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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 classes, to help people find a way out of poverty.

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 Salvation Army’s food bank.” Patricia’s Story A few years

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 lives in poverty. “We’re pleased to help The

Salvation Army helps vulnerable families at Christmas, but they can't do it alone

Caring Enough to Give


Every year, The Salvation Army fills a need at Christmas. But they can’t do it alone The three of them were like all the other kids on their street. They couldn’t wait for Christmas and everything that special day entailed. Their tree was decorated. The houses on their street were lit up cheerfully. School was over and all that was left was for Christmas Eve to hurry up and arrive. It had been a difficult year. Their mom had lost her job. The house was up for sale. And money

Salvation Army gives vulnerable families a reason to smile at Christmas

Salvation Army Gives Vulnerable Families a Reason to Smile This Christmas


Last Christmas, Andrea looked forward to watching her kids scramble out of bed on Christmas morning to see what Santa had left under the tree. But, this year is different. Due to unexpected financial setbacks the single parent of six has had to ask for help, and The Salvation Army is making her stressful situation a bit more bearable. “How do you explain to your kids that there may not be a Christmas? I can’t imagine that,” says Andrea. “With help from The Salvation Army my kids will have a

Salvation Army and Build-A-Bear Workshop Help Vulnerable Families at Christmas

Salvation Army and Build-A-Bear Workshop Partner to Benefit Vulnerable Families


This Christmas season, The Salvation Army and Build-A-Bear Workshop are giving the gift of teddy-bear hugs to vulnerable families and children across Canada. Between November 1 and December 14, you are invited to drop off a new, unwrapped toy, or make and purchase a furry friend to be distributed by The Salvation Army to local families in need. Build-A-Bear Workshop will also match your toy donation with a Build-A-Bear furry friend. You can add a purple satin heart to any bear for a $1 donation. “No child should have to

Salvation Army Christmas volunteer brings hope in the midst of brokenness

How You Can Change a Life This Christmas


In high school, Robin’s distorted self-image lead to an eating disorder. Today, at 21, she has turned her life around and this Christmas season is volunteering with The Salvation Army to help others find strength during some of their most difficult days. “Christmas is a happy time for many people, but for those living in poverty, the stress of not having enough money to buy gifts or plan a family dinner can be devastating,” says Robin. “I understand pain and suffering and by volunteering I’m able to let people know

Volunteers help The Salvation Army make Christmas memorable for people in need

Five Reasons to Volunteer this Christmas with The Salvation Army


Volunteering and giving back is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give this Christmas. As The Salvation Army embarks on its Christmas campaign, it relies on volunteers to make Christmas memorable for people in need. From assisting on our iconic red kettles, to feeding the hungry, to sorting toys and packing food hampers, volunteering will: make a child’s eyes light up when they unwrap a new toy on Christmas morning; give a homeless person Christmas dinner and a friend to share it with; provide a food hamper to

It's Time to End Poverty in Canada

Salvation Army Launches 124th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign


With a lead gift of $50,000 from Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, The Salvation Army’s fundraising efforts focus on ending poverty in Canada Toronto, ON November 17, 2014 – The Salvation Army launched its national Christmas Kettle Campaign today, marking the 124th year that the organization has sought donations from the public to help millions of Canadians living in poverty. With a $21-million fundraising goal, the campaign will enable local Salvation Army units to work with individuals and families to give them basic necessities such as food, clothing,