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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,

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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