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Ethnic foods including Maseca flour, coconut milk and bamboo shoots

Wanted: Ethnic foods

The state’s largest food drive of the year, Minnesota FoodShare Month, kicked off March 1 with an added request from The Salvation Army for nonperishable ethnic foods in the Twin Cities, Albert Lea and Montgomery...

March 1, 2013 | Stories

Staff member stocking food donations at the St. Paul Payne Ave. food shelf

How to help Minnesotans during FoodShare Month

Don’t get us wrong – we’ll gladly take that can of pie filling hiding in the back of your cupboard. But with a little extra effort, you can make an even bigger difference during the state’s biggest food drive of the year – Minnesota FoodShare Month...

February 28, 2013 | Stories

Woman helping couple with paperwork

Make $57K or less? You qualify for free tax help.

The Salvation Army is always looking for ways to help low income families succeed. Here’s a great benefit from our friends at Walmart, who helped The Salvation Army raise $38.5 million as part of the national Christmas campaign...

February 27, 2013 | Stories

Girl in Adventure Zone indoor play place

Starting a fire with an Army spark

When I think of the Bruce Springsteen song “You can’t start a fire without a spark,” I think of the The Salvation Army’s Worship and Service Center on Central Ave. in Minneapolis. How do the two relate? The center’s philosophy is to give people a spark of hope, igniting a fire to a satisfying future...

February 27, 2013 | Blogs

A Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services volunteer stands by the mobile kitchen

Disasters happen: Any time, any temperature

I enter my freezing car. How appropriate that “Give A Little Bit” by Supertramp plays on KOOL 108. My mind drifts to the past several hours. It’s 2 a.m. and the phone rings. “Yep, I’ll be there ASAP!” I reply...

February 19, 2013 | Blogs

Child holding empty pan over gas oven that doesn't work

HeatShare provides hope for families

Most Minnesota families who receive HeatShare assistance are in the middle of unthinkable life circumstances. Here are some of their stories...

February 15, 2013 | Testimonials

Twin Cities Commander Major Jeff Strickler speaks at the 2012 red kettle kickoff

Salvation Army officers: All the things you never knew

Have you ever seen a Salvation Army officer? They dress up in military attire with a big letter S on their lapels. And they wear really nice hats. Since being at The Salvation Army, I have asked many questions about officers and have grown to have a deep respect for them. They are uniformed missionaries who have dedicated their lives...

February 14, 2013 | Blogs

Homeless man holding sign that says "Food for Thought"

How we’re helping the hungry

Question: The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves 2,500 meals and shelters 970 people every: month, week or day?

February 11, 2013 | Featured

Disaster volunteer communicating on a walkie-talkie

Skilled volunteers needed for disaster services team

The Salvation Army is seeking skilled retired or semi-retired professionals to serve in a number of highly specialized leadership functions. There is a special need right now for volunteers with training and experience in public safety and who have a solid foundation in the Incident Command System. If you have fire, law enforcement or emergency management experience you may be a good fit...

February 7, 2013 | Stories

Volunteer ringing a bell at the red kettle on HeatShare day

Red hot kettles mean warm homes for Twin Cities families

To say that Cub shoppers warmed up to the idea of a special day of kettles on Groundhog Day would be a lukewarm understatement. Those kettles were red hot...

February 5, 2013 | Stories

Fannie Mae Anderson, a resident at HOPE Harbor

Baby boomers: Retired, homeless

It’s starting. The baby boomers – all 79 million of them – are beginning to retire. Many of the oldest boomers, in their late 50s and 60s, are facing important housing decisions...

February 5, 2013 | Stories

Disaster worker hugging a woman who lost her home

Disaster training: Hoping for the best, but ready for the worst

When I was asked to blog for The Salvation Army, I immediately said, “Sure!” Deep down inside, though, I was screaming, “What’s blogging?” Truthfully, my only taste of blogging was from the movie “Julie & Julia...

February 5, 2013 | Blogs

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