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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

Bob Kipples portrait

Five burning questions for bell ringing firefighter

St. Paul firefighter Bob Kipples explains the connection between firefighters and The Salvation Army, why he supports us and – on a separate note – whether he has ever rescued a puppy from a burning building...

December 2, 2016 | Stories

Bell ringing realtors on Ring Day

ND and MN Realtors take over kettles on Ring Day

Ring Day is an annual tradition as realtors take over the red kettles and in some cases, compete against each other to raise money for a good cause...

December 2, 2016 | Press Releases

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

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

Officer gives food basket

Who visits Salvation Army food shelves, and why?

Who visits Salvation Army food shelves? The Salvation Army has discovered answers to these and other questions via a survey we distributed at our Twin Cities food shelves in June 2016...

November 30, 2016 | Stories

Delivery of food boxes at North Mpls Salvation Army

Vikings give Turkey Day blessing to thousands

The Minnesota Vikings have helped make Thanksgiving special for thousands of Twin Cities families by partnering with The Salvation Army in three separate donations this week...

November 23, 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

We've set a place for you this Thanksgiving

All are welcome for Thanksgiving dinner

The Salvation Army welcomes to you for a free Thanksgiving meal and fellowship at many of our locations throughout Minnesota and North Dakota...

November 21, 2016 | Stories

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