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Jim Daly, disaster volunteer

Q&A: 17-year disaster volunteer shares the joy of serving

We recently chatted with long-time Salvation Army disaster relief volunteer Jim Daly, a retired lieutenant from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s department in St. Paul who has been active with our disaster services team for 17 years. He’s served at countless floods, fires, and other disasters across Minnesota and North Dakota, and even traveled to o…

March 22, 2017 | Blogs

"I said a prayer" (tattered prayer book)

Devotional: Here’s the proof God keeps His promises

Learn why we can trust God to respond to promises declared in the Bible, as well as our own petitions, and get a practical tip you can use to grow your own trust in Him...

March 16, 2017 | Blogs

Salvation Army free prayer sign

Story comes full circle, under incredible circumstances

The woman looked exhausted, frail, and thin. I wanted to pray with her, but I was too timid to ask...

March 14, 2017 | Blogs

Girl at Food Shelf

Prayer topic: The hungry

The ache of an empty stomach is a pain many of us will never know. If you are a parent, can you imagine the heartbreak of telling your child there simply is no food today?...

March 2, 2017 | Blogs

Clinging together

Devotional: Clinging to what you know about God

Whatever happens or has happened in your life, I pray and challenge you with this thought for the new year: Let what you know about God outweigh whatever you may be feeling about God...

January 20, 2017 | Blogs

Relaxing scene with ducks on a pond

Four tips for planning your time off in 2017

Helping others and unplugging from work both do a soul good. Here are tips for using the time you've been given in meaningful and refreshing ways...

January 11, 2017 | Blogs

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Video: A twist on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Please join us by the fire for a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - only this time, a twist on the popular poem tells a story of those helped by all who support The Salvation Army...

December 23, 2016 | Blogs

Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Devotional: Christmas through the eyes of a three-year-old

One of my mother’s Christmas traditions is to withhold baby Jesus from her nativity set until Christmas morning. One year, when her firstborn grandson -- my nephew -- was about three years old, he asked her, “Grandma, where is baby Jesus?”...

December 15, 2016 | Blogs

Little girl by a Christmas tree

Prayer topic: Difficulties during the holidays

Ribbons, lights, beautifully-wrapped packages and joyful gatherings. This is often the picture painted of the holiday season. The "most wonderful time of the year" it's been said. But, what's left unspoken in the iconic stories and songs is the unfortunate truth that, for some, the holidays can actually be the most difficult time of the year...

December 2, 2016 | Blogs

Meal recipient reading Thanksgiving blessing

Guests receive Thanksgiving blessing from donors (video)

Each year, we give our supporters the chance to mail in a paper placement with a handwritten blessing for our meal guests. We filmed some of the guests receiving these blessings, so we could show you how valuable this gesture is...

November 22, 2016 | Blogs

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Devotional: Giving thanks for what you have

This Thanksgiving season, remember to focus on the things you do have, and thank God for them. Doing so will help to renew your mind and spirit...

November 1, 2016 | Blogs

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Six ways to maximize your volunteer experience

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help others, but choosing to give of your time should also be personally rewarding for you. That's why, we have six tips to maximize your volunteer experience...

October 13, 2016 | Blogs

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