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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Now a medical doctor with a successful practice, David doesn’t actually remember the first time The Salvation Army impacted his life and the lives of his three older brothers. His mother recalls that when David was just eight months old, some people from The Salvation Army adopted their family for Christmas. Already struggling to make ends meet, life became even more difficult for David’s family when his father passed away a short time later. For many families, such significant challenges are simply impossible to overcome.

Warmth Needed Today

For most of his life, Jim just wanted to make a difference in the world. As a child, Jim’s parents took time to explain how giving to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles meant that people who needed help the most would receive it. Every Christmas season he would remember these lessons and was sure to put money in the kettles when he could. The need was brought closer to home when his brother became homeless and required help from The Salvation Army to get back on his feet.

Moving Forward Together

Throughout this year we met some of the people who were incredibly willing to give back. Marvin turned from a life of selling drugs to mentoring young people within The Salvation Army. Melani's addictions took everything from her until she was able to get back on her feet. Now she works helping provide assistance to other's who were in situations much like her's. Naomi is a high school student who has worked at summer camps operated by The Salvation Army and helped her church find and sponsor a child living overseas.

Investing in Hope and Giving a Future

At eight years of age, Dontae and his mother were homeless and living at a local shelter. Despite their circumstances, Dontae’s mother tried to remain positive and do what she could to help her son excel. Like any mother, she wanted the absolute best for her child.

Until the Race is Won

On Sunday, Joey Logano, current points leader in the Sprint Cup, was taking the checkered flag at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Today, he was in Columbia, SC surveying the devastation related to the recent flooding there.

Rain Will Not Stop Me

There was a man who rode to The Salvation Army canteen in the pouring rain on his scooter to pick up food for his family. He was wearing a jump suit with a reflective vest on and plastic grocery bags over his shoes I spoke to him as he picked up boxes of food and he never stopped smiling. We walked back to his scooter together—before his left he called home to let them know he was on his way back home.

By the Blessing of the Lord, I'm Still Here

Anthony sat in the warm Charleston sun with me this morning thankful to be alive. The fiery Carolina sun seems like a comfort to us all after seeing so many dreary, rainy, and tragic days in the past week. As he sat at The Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchen, he began to tell me his story.

A Message About Financial Gifts

At this point in our response, financial gifts provide us the best opportunity to meet people's needs. The dynamic nature of disaster response means that we often don't have the logistics to receive the great influx of donated goods. Financial gifts also allow us to purchase items to help bolster the local econony and support the businesses in the affected area.

Bringing Hope to South Carolina

The historic rainfall this past weekend has been life changing for thousands of individuals and families across South Carolina. What you may not have seen are the stories of people coming together to support one another. Neighbors helping neighbors get through a difficult time. This is the spirit of the Carolinas - we are always willing to lend a hand to our neighbors in need.

Naomi Makes a Difference

Most high school students aren't thinking about how they can make an impact on the world. There are a lot of other things that compete for their attention. For high school senior Naomi, however, having a positive impact is very important. Her story begins with The Salvation Army.