Posts Tagged: Ontario

Free income tax clinic helps low-income families

Free Income Tax Clinic Eases Financial Burdens for Low-Income Families

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For many of us, it’s easy to file a tax return with tax software or by paying a tax preparation company. But for people like Raeleen, a single parent of three, the financial burden of having her taxes prepared is overwhelming. “The Salvation Army’s free tax clinic means I can put food on the table and pay my bills,” says Raeleen. “On a fixed income I have no money left over at the end of the month. To pay for my taxes to be filed means that our groceries are

Homelessness Hits Home with Sleep in the Park

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Dunnville, Ont. – Although there were looming clouds during the early evening of Sept. 7 the show went on. “Sleep in the Park lets people know how others live,” said Tabitha Battenburg, a volunteer at the event’s information booth. As the evening progressed the crowds increased, raising over $6,500 for the Salvation Army in one night. Participation raises an interesting question with regards to the affects homelessness has on those who are experiencing hard times and how the discomfort of sleeping in the cold can ripple to other parts of

Food Bank in Dire Need of Donations

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KINGSTON – The local branch of the Salvation Army has had to temporarily close its food bank because it just couldn’t keep up with the demand. “Last year, we were in a similar situation but not to the degree (of this year),” said Bonita McCourt, director of Community and Family Services. “But this year, we had to resort to closing down the pantry. I don’t think we’ve ever done that in the history of our food bank.” To help replenish its supplies, the Salvation Army is holding a “Fill a

Camp Newport is Adventure-Filled World for Kids

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HUNTSVILLE—Aside from attending a sports camp in Moldova where she was born, Yuliia had never been to the kind of camp that is a traditional rite of passage for many Canadian kids. So when the opportunity arose to go to Newport Adventure Camp, the 14-year-old couldn’t wait to get there. After only a few days, she’d checked off a long list of activities she’d never done before — like swimming in a lake, paddling a canoe and kayak, as well as climbing a high ropes course and practising survival skills.

Breakfast TV Toronto Features Burlington Thrift Store

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On Wednesday, August 1, Toronto’s Breakfast TV Live Eye with Jennifer Valentine will broadcast from The Salvation Army’s Burlington Thrift Store. From 7 – 9 a.m. four segments will feature the production room (with Salvation Army spokesperson Jerome DeGraaf),a home decor vignette, an interview with Major Gary Brown, The Salvation Army’s PR director for the area, and hot summer fashions. Congratulations Burlington! Segment 1 – The Production Room: – A look at how our Thrift Stores process donations and get the items onto the sales floor – Jennifer will have

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Peace Bus Stops at Salvation Army Thrift Store

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On Wednesday, July 18, 11 teens ranging from ages 14 to 16 spent the day volunteering at the Mississauga Thrift Store. But these are no ordinary group of kids, the young volunteers are participants in the Windsor Salt C2C Peace Bus Project which involves a cross-Canada mission to educate and inspire action among Canadians for peace. The teens started their trip in Victoria, BC on June 26th and have been journeying across Canada towards Halifax, along the way learning about their country, volunteering and meeting new people. Flavie Rodrigues, a

Girl sells lemonade for Hamilton food bank

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It’s a few minutes before the start of a Hamilton Tiger Cats game, and Grace DelFine is doing brisk business. The seven-year-old is running a lemonade stand at her uncle Dave’s house across from Ivor Wynne Stadium. She’s already earned about $60. But the money isn’t going in her pocket. Grace’s lemonade stand is benefiting the Salvation Army food bank. Hamilton’s largest food bank put out a call earlier this month, saying it had a critical shortage of food. Grace heard it. She saw a segment on TV about a

Ontario Thrift Store Customers Send Kids to Camp

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Camping season is off to a great start this year at The Salvation Army Jackson’s Point Camp! On Wednesday, July 4, representatives from Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Ontario, including Retail District Managers Maria Guayacan and Priscilla Jogaratnam along with Store Managers Michelle Sanelli and Shaney Cannon, were at Jackson’s Point to present a cheque for $22,462 to help send children to camp. The money was collected through generous donations made by customers at Thrift Stores across Central Ontario during this year’s Send a Kid to Camp fundraiser. The donation