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Inspiring kids to give back

At The Salvation Army, we receive a lot of questions from parents asking how to teach their children about the importance of helping others. The good news is it’s easier than you think...

April 28, 2017 | Blogs

Salvation Army bell ringers

Nat’l Volunteer Week: Kettles and bells

You see them outside storefronts from Thanksgiving until Christmas, wearing thick coats, boots, hats, and mittens. They stand next to red kettles, shivering and smiling, shaking a handbell in the air. They are Salvation Army bell ringers, and they are some of our most prized volunteers...

April 21, 2017 | Blogs

Volunteer serving a meal at The Salvation Army

How volunteering can save you money on next year’s taxes

Most people know that making a financial donation to a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit can earn you a tax deduction. But did you know that volunteering with one may qualify you for tax deductions as well...

April 13, 2017 | Blogs

What do baseball and Easter have in common?

Devotional: What do baseball and Easter have in common?

The stories of the Chicago Cubs' recent World Series journey and that of Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection are both about long-awaited and long-fought victories...

April 4, 2017 | Blogs

Jim Daly, disaster volunteer

Q&A: 17-year disaster volunteer opens up

Jim Daly has served at countless floods, fires, and other disasters across Minn. and N.D., and even traveled the country to serve after tragedies like 9/11.

March 20, 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

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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

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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


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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