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Salvation Army hosts Special Olympics athletes for breakfast in LA’s South Bay

More than thirty athletes from Haiti, Benin and Suriname will be guests of The Salvation Army in Redondo Beach for breakfast this week in the lead up to the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony on Saturday, July 25th. The athletes range in age from 16 to 40 years old are are staying at hotels in the Redondo Beach area. Each morning they’ll be shuttled to The Salvation Army on Beryl Street for scrambled eggs, waffles, bagels and cream cheese, and fresh fruit!

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CommuniGift platform makes birthdays special for low-income kids

Harry’s mom and dad are hard working and loving parents. They can afford to give him the basics but sometimes the extras many of us take for granted are beyond their reach. Like a birthday party with his friends, complete with cake and gifts.

Thankfully, that’s where our favorite new online do-gooding platform comes in handy: CommuniGift!

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Click this link to see an animated thank you card at the American Greetings website: http://salar.my/V4fSgS

Kindness. Compassion. Time. The world needs more.

This is National Volunteer Week and all over the United States The Salvation Army is paying tribute to the humble souls who give their time and talent to make life better for other people. We want to thank each of you for the good you do for mankind by loving God’s people so well.

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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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Salvation Army helps give free van service to isolated seniors

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), being isolated is just as dangerous as smoking and even more harmful than being obese. Given those dire predictions for isolated elders, what’s the Director of a Senior Center in a town with no public transportation to do? For Charlie Petersen, director of The Salvation Army’s local unit in Wickenburg, AZ, the answer is all about partnerships.

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Do Gooders across the US share their #SalvationArmy #RedKettleReason

If you’re active in social media, you’ve probably seen a lot about The Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason campaign this year. We’re asking the millions of do gooders who support our Army to tell us why they give. So far, more than 62,000 #RedKettleReasons have been shared. Add your voice to the conversation by visiting www.redkettlereason.org! To […]

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We’re using @CommuniGift to kick off Back to School in SoCal!

Do you remember the excitement of the first day of school? Wearing a new outfit, equipped with new notebooks, pencils, backpack and unlimited possibility! Share that memory by assisting an in-need child get ready for the upcoming school year.

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Phoenix-area cooling stations help locals beat the extreme heat

It gets dangerously hot during the summer months in the Phoenix area. So hot that people without a cool home or office to go to are at significant risk of exposure and dehydration. That’s why our staff in the aptly-named Valley of the Sun work with Safeway stores and Arizona Family’s 3TV to collect bottles of water to distribute throughout the season at our local cooling stations.

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80 year-old volunteer welcomes seniors at Salvation Army lunch in Mesa

Eighty year-old volunteer Daisy Morin is a breath of fresh air! She’s been helping our chef Daryl Howard in the kitchen at the Mesa, Arizona Salvation Army for the last year.

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A young volunteer polishes The Salvation Army conference table at Love Lodi. Photo by Syd Fong

Volunteers do day-long work project to Love Lodi

Do you love your city? I mean, really love your city? Captains Martin and Tory Ross found a way to do just that. They’re Salvation Army officers who served in communities like Compton and Modesto, California. Now they’re in Lodi and they recently took on a project known as Love Lodi.

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This boy wants to thank you for helping his dad kick his drug habit and come back to the family!

Thank you for a strong 2013 Red Kettle Campaign!

We’ve got some thank yous to make! Every year about this time, all the number crunching has been completed and we’re able to share the results of our recent Red Kettle Campaign.

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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.

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