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We're anticipating what next year will hold

Your year-end gift writes the story of help for 2017

Now that Christmas is over, we're anticipating what next year will hold. The Salvation Army will continue to provide...

December 27, 2016 | Stories

Anthony Raj

Volunteer chooses giving over mourning

Anthony Raj Sr. could have spent Dec. 12 mourning the loss of his son. Instead, he chose to celebrate him...

December 19, 2016 | Featured

prison bars

North Dakota prisoners make, donate crafts

Ten prisoners at the James River Correctional Center in Jamestown, N.D., have created handmade crafts that The Salvation Army is distributing as Christmas presents to local families in need in nearby Valley City...

December 15, 2016 | Stories

Ashley Smaller, Pathway of Hope participant

St. Paul mom finds path to opening her own bakery

As a busy mom to four children, Ashley Smaller has always worked hard and hoped to inspire her children...

December 9, 2016 | Stories

Michael Winterringer

No joke: Bell ringer’s last name is Winterringer

A 45-year-old man in Grand Rapids, Minn., is scheduled to ring bells in the cold and snow for more than 200 hours this Christmas season. Incredibly, the man’s last name is none other than …

December 8, 2016 | Stories

Salvation Army kettle

Here’s how your kettle donations add up

When you volunteer to bell ring or give at a red kettle, you help improve, and even save lives. The money dropped in a kettle goes right back into your local community...

December 5, 2016 | Stories

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


It’s back: New edition of 100 notes of thanks

Last Thanksgiving, we posted thank you notes from kids and adults we've served. This new batch is just as touching...

November 22, 2016 | Featured

Mobile Kitchen serving meals near NIsswa

A letter of thanks after big Brainerd storms

The Brainerd Salvation Army's emergency disaster services team stepped up in countless ways over the past couple years and the Army's efforts did not go unnoticed...

November 18, 2016 | Stories

Chad Koosman bell ringing at CashWise

‘Be like Chad’ and register to ring

The phrase "Be like Mike" was a commercial success when Gatorade teamed up with Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan. Kids hit the court and wanted to be just like Mike. If Jordan is the king of the court, then Willmar's Chad Koosman is the king of the kettle...

November 18, 2016 | Stories

John Hopkins mops the gym floor

Man, 87, mops the floor with old age

Seconds after the last hot lunch is eaten inside the gym at the Payne Ave. Salvation Army in St. Paul, 87-year-old Jon Hopkins Jr. gets straight to work...

November 7, 2016 | Stories

Iron Range

Man living in garage finds help at The Salvation Army

When Hibbing’s James Jordan, 38, found himself living in a garage after a relationship of 14 years ended, he turned to The Salvation Army for help...

October 24, 2016 | Stories

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