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Tell us why you give to The Salvation Army’s red kettle #RedKettleReason
November 24, 2014 – | No Comment

Every year the iconic red kettles are filled day after day during the holiday season by people who want to do good. Kettle donors say they want to feed their hungry neighbors, bring someone in from the cold, give a gift to a child whose parents can’t afford Christmas or one of many hundreds of reasons. What’s yours?

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Did you know the Cubs honored a Salvation Army officer during the ’32 World Series?
September 29, 2014 – | Comments Off
Did you know the Cubs honored a Salvation Army officer during the ’32 World Series?

The Chicago Cubs didn’t end their 2014 season on top but in 1932 they played against the New York Yankees in the fall classic. During that fourth game one of the Cubs’ most ardent fans ended her own season.
Her name was Eliza Shirley.

From the wheel of his trash truck, this do gooder found a way to care
September 5, 2014 – | One Comment
From the wheel of his trash truck, this do gooder found a way to care

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.

The first-ever Salvation Army band started in the 1880s “by accident!”
August 5, 2014 – | Comments Off
The first-ever Salvation Army band started in the 1880s “by accident!”

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!

This #4thofjuly we celebrate #freedom and #independence from addiction
July 3, 2014 – | Comments Off
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.”

Retired Salvation Army officer using his gift of photography
January 27, 2014 – | Comments Off
Retired Salvation Army officer using his gift of photography

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.

Salvation Army musicians offer Merry Christmas carol service to travelers at Heathrow
December 25, 2013 – | Comments Off
Salvation Army musicians offer Merry Christmas carol service to travelers at Heathrow

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!

“I could never, ever imagine The Salvation Army turning away anyone…”
December 10, 2013 – | Comments Off
“I could never, ever imagine The Salvation Army turning away anyone…”

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.

#GivingTuesday kicks off The Salvation Army’s World Record Bell Ringing Contest! #ringiton
December 3, 2013 – | Comments Off
#GivingTuesday kicks off The Salvation Army’s World Record Bell Ringing Contest! #ringiton

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 helped Tanya find the “Missing Peace”
November 21, 2013 – | Comments Off
The Salvation Army helped Tanya find the “Missing Peace”

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.

The Christmas Candle film comes to theaters this Friday, 11/22
November 19, 2013 – | One Comment
The Christmas Candle film comes to theaters this Friday, 11/22

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.

The film Silver Bells tells a fun and important story about Christmas caring
November 15, 2013 – | Comments Off
The film Silver Bells tells a fun and important story about Christmas caring

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’s new start, with help from The Salvation Army
November 8, 2013 – | Comments Off
Sarah’s new start, with help from The Salvation Army

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.