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“We’re not garbage. Recovery is possible. There is hope.”

Sometimes addictions are so powerful that they drag good people from those they love most in the world. Other times, people go willingly.

Mark was one of the latter. He’ll tell you that he ran out on his children.

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95% of clothing, linens, & textiles can be recycled

Seattle Public Utilities will launch a program on March 1 called Threadcycle which encourages people living in the area to consider giving their clothes a new purpose instead of throwing them away. A surprising number of products are made from recycled clothing, including, carpet padding; mattresses and upholstery; wiping rags; insulation and sound-proofing material for automobiles and appliances; as well as rugs and blankets.

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Jimmy’s story gives addicts hope for the future

A couple of months ago, I sat in a room full of men and women who’ve battled back from addiction and heard their stories. It was a very humbling experience for me.

When it was Jimmy’s turn to speak, I was stunned by the contrast between the bleak description of his former life and the joy I felt hearing him encourage others who’ve walked a similar path.

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“We’re rich because they’re poor.”

The Huffington Post recently ran a story about three Norwegian fashion bloggers who worked in a Cambodian sweatshop for a reality show. The idea of the show wasn’t to further exploit the workers but to shed a light on their living and working conditions. The unavoidable truth the bloggers discovered is that people are suffering – and sometimes dying – so that we can buy goods at a reasonable price.

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Please use Melissa’s video to help an addict in your life

Life is difficult and many of us – and those we love – use alcohol or drugs as a numbing agent. It’s hard to know what to say or do for a loved one who’s lost control and has become mired in addiction.

Melissa has something to say to them.

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Oscar does “walk-a-thon” for drug & alcohol rehab grads

Oscar fell ill in 2006 after getting a flu shot and was later diagnosed with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome. Last weekend Oscar participated in the Count Me In Walk-a-thon to raise money so that he and others can attend a reunion of 5,000 graduates of Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers in October 2014.

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Innovative Salvation Army ads target people in need

Unless you live in Seattle, you probably haven’t seen The Salvation Army’s latest advertising campaign. Instead of billboards, bus bench signs and mall kiosks asking you to financially support the Army’s work to help people struggling with hunger, addiction or homelessness, the ads are targeted specifically to those in crisis. The ad copy simply urges […]

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This #4thofjuly we celebrate #freedom and #independence from addiction

“The love that I feel from the people around me in The Salvtion Army can only be from God. I can be completely honest with somebody and not be judged…I don’t have to pretend to be anybody: I can be me. That feeling inside is better than any drug, any drink, any pill I’ve ever taken.”

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@HighplainsThrifter shares shopping tips

On of my favorite people to follow on Instagram is a bit of celebrity in the thrifting world. Her name is Meghan McAndrews and her account is called HighplainsThrifter. Her Instagram posts are fun, sweet and inspiring.

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Design students create beauty with Salvation Army finds

Every year for the last several, interior design students in Orange County, California participate in an event called the Noah’s ARC Design Challenge. The ARC stands for Adult Rehabilitation Center – The Salvation Army’s drug and alcohol program which is funded by the sale of items you donate to and buy from our Family Stores.

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You can afford our Tax Day Sale at San Diego Salvation Army Family Stores

If you’re getting a refund from Uncle Sam – or even if you’re not – you can afford to shop The Salvation Army San Diego Family Stores’ tax day sale!

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And, make sure you feline pal isn't in the cushions before you donate the couch!

Before donating in-kind items to charity, check the drawers, pockets, and cushions!

USA Today just ran a story about the cash, jewelry and other goodies that are often donated unintentionally to charities like The Salvation Army and Goodwill. Click here for a link to the article online. They noted the story of a man who recently moved into a nursing home. A family member donated the personal effects that he no longer needed but didn’t realize that $40,000 was tucked in his clothes!

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