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Buddy the hero dog needs your vote

Buddy Rizzo is a handsome Golden Retriever and he’s in the running for the 2015 Hero Dog Awards. So, why are we talking about this good boy on a Salvation Army blog? Because among the many things he’s done to care for his community, he was an assistant bellringer at our iconic red kettle in Grass Valley, California!

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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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Michael

Michael wondered if there’s more to life than getting high

Like countless other people, Michael fell in with the wrong crowd and got into destructive behavior. After years of using drugs and alcohol, he wanted something different. He asked his friends if there was more to life than getting high. Sadly, they just didn’t know. Michael’s solution was to buy a one-way ticket from Ohio to California. He thought a change of friends and scenery could fix his life but it didn’t go far enough. He was still waging the same inner battle – but now with different people and in a warmer climate.

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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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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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Salvation Army founders advocated a vegetarian lifestyle

If you’re looking for some inspiration to make healthy change this year, look no further than The Salvation Army’s founders William and Catherine Booth and their family. The Booths came from the Methodist tradition and – like many from their denomination – followed the vegetarian practices of John Wesley even though doing so was difficult in Victorian England.

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UNC student entrepreneurs create online platform that hosts Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family

When I was in college, my friends and I probably sat around the dorm late at night talking about fraternity boys. Definitely clothes. Maybe – but not likely – school work. Not so for Thomas Doochin, Taylor Sharp and Jake Bernstein. As freshmen at the University of North Carolina (UNC), their late night conversations were […]

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Couple asks wedding guests for a surprising gift

Every year we’re blown away by how radically generous people are with their neighbors in need at Christmas. Just yesterday we heard about a Chicago couple who had their dream Christmas-themed wedding. But not only do they get to spend the rest of their lives together, they celebrated their union by asking their guests show […]

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Jimmy Wayne’s Paper Angels movie debuts this weekend on UPTV!

This Sunday November 16, Uplifting Television Entertainment (also called UPTV) will broadcast an original movie called “Paper Angels” which stars Matthew Settle from TV’s “Gossip Girl” and Josie Bissett, star of “Melrose Place”. The story is inspired by country artist Jimmy Wayne’s Christmas song and book “Paper Angels.” To learn more about Jimmy’s story of […]

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Alexandra’s husband said she wouldn’t make it on her own

After Alexandra moved to the US from the Czech Republic with her husband and daughter Sofia, things started to go bad between them. He was verbally abusive and told Alexandra that she couldn’t make it on her own. With The Salvation Army’s help, she did.

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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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Pregnant and parenting teen girls find a home at The Salvation Army's White Shield in Portland.

Hallmark helps Salvation Army care for pregnant teens in Portland, OR

Back in December, the good folks at Hallmark chose The Salvation Army to benefit from their online campaign called “Countdown to Christmas.” A portion of the funds raised will help The Salvation Army White Shield Center in Portland, Oregon!

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