A BIT OF HISTORY
The Salvation Army began its work in Canada in 1882. It is an international Christian church with the message based on the Bible. From the beginning they adopted the philosophy that there is little point to preach ‘salvation’ to hungry people. And so the concept of ‘soup, soap and salvation’ took hold which developed into the comprehensive social programs witnessed today.
The Salvation Army is the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country, serving 1.8 million people each year in 400 communities across Canada. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to basic necessities of life. The organization provides shelter for homeless people who have lost control of their lives to addiction.
While the same value and goals still exist, each Salvation Army location seeks to provide innovation and effective programs such as community kitchens, alternative justice services, addiction treatment programs, food banks, accessing local resources and more. These programs accommodate the changing times and needs in the community.
Locally the Salvation Army has been serving Swift Current and area for 104 years. They seek to connect to the community through several free programs for at risk adults, kids, or vulnerable people. All programs are Christian based, and there is Sunday church services, but programs seek to offer support to all people who come through their doors.
Tis the SeasonFor 127 years the iconic ringing bells signifies the Christmas Kettle Campaign. The campaign runs November and December and helps bring dignity, a warm meal and shelter to many across Canada, and locally, during the cold winter months.
The Salvation Army is fighting poverty, feeding the hungry and reaching out to the suffering 365 days of the year. But every November and December when the spirit of giving is in the air the need to help those less fortunate is brought to the forefront as the belief that everyone is worthy of compassion and respect is more prevalent. Many programs, fundraising, or giving events are held to help stock the pantry for the hungry or bring a warm cuddly teddy bear or toy for a child throughout November and December.
There is always a need for help and by reviewing “The Six Ways to Transform A Life” outlined below you can truly make a difference too.:
- Call 306.778.0515 and ask “how can I help?”
- Donate food such as canned beans, soups, cereal, dried pasta, school snacks – call 306.778.0515 and ask “what does your pantry need?”
- Clean out your closest and cupboards and take gently used items to the Thrift Store – call 306.773.5707 and ask “is there anything you require right now for the season?”
- Call Delores at 306-741-1714 to volunteer during the busy campaign season to man a Christmas Kettle,shifts are only two hours. Volunteers can also help make and distribute Hampers, package Teddy Bears, help at the Food Bank, serve Christmas Dinner – call 306.778.0515 and ask “where do you need me to help at this time of year?”
- Host an event with your family, friends, co-works in your neighbourhood and have everyone bring a non-perishable food item.
- Create a care package that includes shampoo, brush, socks, toothpaste and drop off at the Salvation Army Church Office – 780-1st Avenue NW.
Giving back is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give this Christmas. To know that you can make a child’s eyes light up on Christmas morning, provide a family with a food hamper so they can afford to cover their rent, or provide a warm coat are just simple ways you can help a vulnerable family in your community. To “Give Hope Today” call 306.778.0515.
- To learn more visit the local Salvation Army’s website: http://swiftcurrentarmy.com/
- Or follow on Facebook: Swift Current Salvation Army Church and Thrift Store
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