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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

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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

Online Match: Donations Doubled Friday Only

Friday: Online donations doubled in the Twin Cities

Today any online gift you make will be doubled by an anonymous donor, up to $20,000. With your help, the Twin Cities Salvation Army could raise $40,000 in just 24 hours...

December 1, 2016 | Blogs

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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

"The Salvation Army helped shape who I am"

Girl ‘saw things no child should have to see’

Anna Steinhofer's home life was in shambles. Thankfully, she didn’t have to go directly home from school every day. Instead, she attended youth programs at the Fergus Falls Salvation Army, five days a week...

October 10, 2016 | Blogs

Handwritten thank you notes from The Salvation Army Coats for Kids program

Volunteering gives warmth to hundreds of kids

It’s that time of year again. Inevitably, it will get cold in Minnesota and North Dakota sooner rather than later, which is why one group chose to volunteer their time by doing what they do best: knit...

September 19, 2016 | Blogs

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Why we’re supporting the number 11

In this time of mourning, Mr. and Mrs. Wetterling have posed a request: use the number 11 as a symbol of hope. Which is why we've made a list with 11 ways you can be directly involved in positively impacting our community...

September 9, 2016 | Blogs

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Need prayer? Ask the maintenance guy

Dave Kruger is the facilities manager at the Rochester Salvation Army. When he’s not busy waxing floors, fixing leaky pipes, or changing lightbulbs, he prays with people in need...

September 7, 2016 | Blogs

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