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Thank You for Giving Hope at Christmas


“Celebrating Christmas was going to be a struggle,” says Doreen who is retired and raising her three-year-old granddaughter. “But thanks to The Salvation Army and its donors Tiffany had presents under the tree, we enjoyed all the fixings of a turkey dinner, and more.” Doreen is one of thousands of Canadians who experienced the joy of Christmas—because you enabled it.  Your generosity not only makes people’s lives easier at Christmas, but throughout the year. Last year The Salvation Army helped more than 1.8 million people get back on their feet


Why Give This Christmas?


Three years ago, Doreen became a single parent to her newborn granddaughter, Tiffany, to save her from being placed in foster care. On a fixed income, Doreen has many financial challenges and has often been forced to choose rent over food.  Now, with Christmas around the corner, Doreen wants nothing more than to give Tiffany the Christmas she deserves. Born to drug-addicted parents, Tiffany tested positive for illegal drugs in her system. As a result, she was placed immediately in the custody of her paternal grandmother. “I didn’t know if

The Salvation Army's annual Christmas campaign is one of Canada's most significant and recognizable annual charitable events. The iconic Christmas kettle is hosted at more than 2,000 storefront, sidewalk and shopping mall locations across the country.

Salvation Army Enters Final Week of Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign


Toronto, ON December 18, 2013 – With one week remaining, The Salvation Army is calling on Canadians to generously support its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign. To date, The Salvation Army has raised $11.4 million dollars through the Kettles, but with a fundraising goal of $21 million, is still $9.6 million short. “A significant percentage of our fundraising occurs at Christmas,” says Captain Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. “The Kettle Campaign enables us to provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to more than 1.8 million people in Canada each

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Salvation Army Shares the Spirit of Christmas with Newcomers


Language barriers, lack of family support and making ends meet are among common challenges faced by newcomers to Canada. The Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centres in Winnipeg and Calgary provide a wide range of services to vulnerable families and communities throughout the year. But during the Christmas Season, the Army makes an extra effort to bring hope, dignity and joy to the lives of families living in poverty. “Our focus for the Christmas season is to provide special events for the whole family,” says Captain Corinne Cameron, Executive Director

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Salvation Army Toy Mountain Brings Christmas to Winnipeg’s Less Fortunate


“Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the help of The Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain shopping centre,” says Juilieen. “Now my daughter will have something to open on Christmas morning.” Planning for a happy Christmas for your family is challenging if you lack the financial resources to celebrate with your children. Julieen Keeley lives with her eight-year-old daughter, Jessica, in one of Winnipeg’s poorest neighbourhoods. Like most girls her age, Jessica is excited for Christmas and hopes to get a Monster High doll from Santa. But Julieen, who barely makes ends meet,

Tammy Smallwood, mother of twins, is grateful to The Salvation Army for their support at Christmas time.

How Your Support Can Help The Salvation Army Give Someone A Better Christmas


When Tammy’s children saw the presents under the tree last Christmas, they were filled with excitement. “Their eyes brightened with life,” says Tammy. For some, a joyous Christmas is simply a dream, but with the help of generous donors and volunteers, the dream can become reality for people in need this Christmas. Tammy was a single mother of twin baby girls, camped out on the floor of her grandfather’s living room.  Having recently left an emotionally and financially abusive relationship, and feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of motherhood, Tammy was


Salvation Army Launches 2013 Christmas Campaign to Transform Lives in Need


123rd Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign Kicks-Off with $21 Million Fundraising Goal TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ – The Salvation Army launched its national Christmas campaign this week, marking the 123rd year that the organization has sought donations from the public to help millions of Canadians living in poverty. The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas campaign is one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events. The iconic Christmas kettle will be hosted at more than 2,000 storefront, sidewalk and shopping mall locations across the country. The campaign features three 15-second commercials produced

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How to be a Partner and Change Lives


“Most of us think of Christmas as a festive time, with presents under the tree, surrounded by friends and family,” says a Salvation Army volunteer. “But for many it’s a time of sadness and anxiety, without family or support.” Organizations like The Salvation Army need volunteers year-round but even more so during the Christmas season. “Volunteering not only gives you a sense of purpose, seeing people succeed is an amazing return on your investments,” says another volunteer. “It’s heart-wrenching when you see a 6’7” man explode with tears because he


Siemens Canada and Employees Contribute More Than $70,000 in Donations to Salvation Army


Siemens Canada and its employees recently joined efforts in support of families in need as part of their annual Hope for Holidays campaign. Employees collected funds and items for local charities and donations were matched by the company, resulting in an outstanding $35,000 donation to The Salvation Army. Employees from more than 20 Siemens offices from coast-to-coast showed their spirit of giving by getting involved in various initiatives including toy and food drives, office fundraisers and “Adopt a Family” programs in support of non-profit organizations in their local communities. Resulting