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.
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.
Did you know that more than 100 years ago a social innovator changed an entire industry and by doing good, managed to save lives too? The Salvation Army’s very own founder William Booth was an early social entrepreneur who bought a derelict factory and went into business in order to fix a social ill.
I grabbed this story from The Salvation Army USA blog with their permission. It was written by the lovely Jackie Renard. This year’s Rock the Red Kettle Concert was incredible! We were blessed to have talented artists such as Shawn Mendes, Becky G, R5, Bea Miller, Exist Elsewhere, and Josh Levi grace the stage in […]
There are literally countless ways of being a do gooder. Right now you could look in any direction and find something or someone that needs a touch of your attention and kindness. Thankfully, Arnold Harvey and his wife Theresa didn’t wait to be asked before they pitched in as do gooders for people in need.
Salvation Army bands are not just part of our culture, they’re part of yours too. With references to the band in works by Bill Cosby, 80s’ folk group Dream Academy, and in dozens of films such as Seabiscuit, It’s a Wonderful Life and even Three Days of the Condor, the Army is almost as well known for its bands as it is anything else!
When I began work for The Salvation Army almost 15 years ago I met a Salvation Army officer who volunteered his time to take professional-quality photographs of important events and activities. Major Ron Bawden is now retired and is still hard at work taking beautiful photos at Salvation Army events.
The Salvation Army was born in 1865 in London so our UK colleagues have had many years of experience serving the locals. In typical Army fashion, they went where people in need could be found and rendered a sweet service yesterday: a band played Christmas carols with vocalists from the Royal College of Music wearing Victorian costume to entertain weary, stressed travelers at Heathrow Airport!
Ricky grew up in a family where there was love, but as a young gay man in the 80s he struggled with his identity. So he stole his parents’ credit cards to buy things he thought he needed to feel good. Find out the rest of Ricky’s amazing story about the healing power of Christ’s love and the outstretched hand of The Salvation Army.
In 2011 Major Marcelino Soriano, known as Butch, captured the world record for a Salvation Army officer by ringing the bell at the red kettle for 51 straight hours.* This year, Major Butch is in the contest again and expecting to beat his own record.Â He knows the rigors of 24/7 bell ringing so this year he trained and trained hard!