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5 Things About That Lamp You Bought At The Salvation Army

When you purchase an item from a Salvation Army Family store (aka thrift store) the money goes back into the local community. We don't exist to generate profit so your dollar doesn’t go into the pocket of CEO. The lamp you bought might mean a hot meal for an individual staying at a shelter, a music lesson for a child at one of our afterschool programs, or another month of electric service while a family works to get back on their feet. Here are 5 things that you make happen when you shop at The Salvation Army.

He Sets Us Free

When she first came to The Salvation Army, Anita was broken, alone, and needed help. Her story is complicated and often tragic. It was no wonder, then, that drugs and alcohol became a means for her to trade her fears for something that felt like peace, however fleeting.

Ready for What's Next

When summer comes to a close, the world seems to move back into its regular routine. It’s a never-ending cycle that we experience every year. Families are finished with their vacations and settle back into the flow of jobs and chauffeuring children to after school activities.

The Needs We Meet – Everyday

Everyday, The Salvation Army has the opportunity to impact the lives of friends and neighbors in the communities in which we live. Throughout the Carolinas, there are those that turn to us for help. Every day. They understand that, when there is no one else to which they can turn, The Salvation Army is there.

Thanks from Camp Walter Johnson

We were recently at Camp Walter Johnson and had an opportunity to meet with just a few of the children that have been able to attend camp this summer because of you! Your gift to Send a Kid to Camp helps hundreds of children each year get out of their cities and into a loving nurturing environment where they will make lifelong memories!

From Camper to Staff to Employee

Summer camp was my escape, my first taste of freedom, my safe haven. Without going into too many details of my past, I will simply say my childhood wasn’t princesses and fairytales. My dad had many demons in his life that rocked a marriage and eventually caused the downfall of a household. That is when a Salvation Army van pulled into my neighborhood.

Send a Kid to Camp

As a child, I would attend camp for a couple weeks at a time. When I was in high school, I would literally travel across the country to work at camp. Even during college, I would spend my summers as a camp counselor playing games, eating less-than-haute cuisine, and helping kids to not feel homesick. Early in my career, I even had the opportunity to organize and lead camping programs.

Terri's Story

When she was just fifteen, Terri escaped from a violently abusive household. Because of her pain and trauma, she became addicted to drugs and found herself living in her car in an abandoned lot when an officer from The Salvation Army found her.

Karl's Story

"At age ten, I was an alcoholic. When I was fifteen I got alcohol poisoning and that’s when I started using drugs. It went for years with the drug abuse and it scaled from marijuana to cocaine and to different narcotic pills. I was arrested in Michigan in the middle of nowhere and I lived in Florida - 2,000 miles apart.” Karl’s story opens like something you might hear in a movie. “I did some stuff that I should have gone to prison for.”

Anita's Story

“When I got to The Salvation Army, I was broken.” As she recalls a more difficult time, Anita’s face shows that she is experiencing a whirlwind of emotion. “I was broken spiritually, emotionally, financially, physically. I just didn’t want to continue on.”