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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!
“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.”
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. He knows the rigors of 24/7 bell ringing so this year he trained and trained hard!
The Salvation Army’s Missing Persons Department helps reunite approximately 250 lost loved ones and estranged family members a year. In Tanya Sloan’s case, she was born at a Salvation Army maternity hospital and asked us for help connecting with her birth mother. She’d contacted her through the official channels already but her mother didn’t want any contact.
Another holiday movie will be released this year that includes a depiction of the work of The Salvation Army. The film is called The Christmas Candle and it’s based on the Max Lucado book of the same name.
Getting in the spirit of Christmas will be a tiny bit easier this year because of a great new family film called Silver Bells by the folks at Pure Flix. Silver Bells features actor Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5, Scarecrow and Mrs. King) as Bruce Dalt, a hyper-competitive sportscaster and family man.
Sarah moved with her husband and son hoping that a new location might be the end of her old life. Unfortunately, her husband brought his controlling, abusive behavior with him. When she finally mustered the courage to speak up about his unloving treatment, he left her and took their son.
This is Thursday, October 24. That means there’s one more week – and only one remaining weekend – to get a costume to wear for your Halloween bash or harvest festival.