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Four ways your donation contributes to simpler living

Added on Monday, July 10, 2017

With National Simplicity Day on Wednesday, July 12, we’ve been thinking about how to live simply. For some, that might mean slowing down, changing habits, or decluttering.

You may not have realized that by making a donation, you are helping others lead simpler lives, albeit in a different way. You are simplifying their lives by lifting burdens and providing hope in times of hardship. Below you’ll find a handful of specific ways your gift simplifies the lives who receive help because of it.

Balance: Poverty is stressful and many of life’s basic needs remain uncertain. By helping to alleviate poverty and meet these needs, you are providing a sense of order and routine to individuals and families in your community.

Sustainability: Whether you’re sustaining our programs through a financial gift or sustaining our planet through your donation to a Salvation Army Store after decluttering, you are also helping individuals and families discover a sustainable lifestyle.

Peace of mind: The Salvation Army provides a supportive community through its spiritual and social services. With this guidance and accountability, people are able to rest easy as they get their life back in order.

Happiness: With a simpler, more predictable lifestyle, individuals and families are experiencing newfound hope and happiness. The support found at The Salvation Army provides individuals and families with skills and resources to make it through the next bump in the road.

Testimonies of Those You’ve Helped

  • “I couldn’t be happier. I have a whole army of support,” said Brittany.
  • “I felt like somebody cared. That’s what picked me up. We have been tremendously blessed by The Salvation Army,” said Delores.
  • “I always knew about budgeting, but I never did it. We still have to get our credit score up, but now we have the tools to map it out,” said Roxanne.

How Will You Celebrate Simplicity Day?

Take a break: With a never-ending to do list, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the busyness of things with no eternal value. Set aside time to put everything else on hold while you clear your mind. Take a few deep breaths. Go for a walk. Whatever you do, be sure to find some way to renew your mind (Romans 12:2).

Declutter: It doesn’t take much to overwhelm our senses. Take some time to declutter your space. That might mean folding blankets, reorganizing a cabinet or furniture, or going through your closet to get rid of those items you no longer wear. Releasing the items that overwhelm you can help free your mind. Find a Salvation Army Store near you.

Volunteer: One way to declutter your mind is to focus on others. Find a way to get plugged into your community and offer a helping hand to improve others’ circumstances. Check out Salvation Army volunteer opportunities at Then, read this blog for a Biblical perspective on finding freedom in your own life through service to others.