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When you support The Salvation Army, you make a difference in the lives of people every single day. We want to share these stories with you. We want to share our ideas about how to make the world a better place. We want to share how God is making a difference. Stay up-to-date with us by reading the posts below.

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Patricia's Story

Patricia had just settled in for the night when it began to rain outside. She didn’t follow the news and wasn’t aware that Hurricane Joaquin was threatening the entire southeast coast. Within 24 hours,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Marvin's Story

Marvin knows that he was not the sort of person that could be trusted. He had an incredibly dark past. For 30 years he was a drug dealer, an addict and worse. He would stay high for days at a time and…

Before The Kettle Was Red

The origin of The Salvation Army red kettle.

Rain, Rain, Go Away.

I woke up this morning to the sound of rain hitting my room's window with the soft rumbles of thunder echoing dimly in the distance. If I were anywhere else, I would have loved to wake up to a rainy day.…

When There Is Nothing Left, Pray.

When dealing with disasters, even subtle things like our choice of words are important. For example, we always want to refer to those people who we are serving in positive terms. You'll often see the word…

We Are South Carolina And We Are Strong

Today is one of the most emotional days I've had out in the field. I tagged along with the Georgia canteen, which has the largest Salvation Army canteen. This canteen is so big that we had NASCAR help…

Meeting Human Needs In Jesus Name

I followed a canteen to Eastover, South Carolina. It is a small rural town about 22 miles outside of Columbia. A drive that should have taken 44 minutes became almost two hours because a bridge collapsed…

Salvation Army Shelters Prepared for Cold Weather

The arctic blast swept across North and South Carolina Wednesday night causing temperatures in some parts of our division to drop below 0 degrees. As the cold air settled in, our doors opened for those…

The first eight corps in the Salvation Army Carolinas division

There were eight Salvation Army offices that opened the first year that we were active in the Carolinas in 1887. Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Durham, Spartanbug, Goldsboro, Fayetteville, and Florence.

What was the first disaster that the Salvation Army provided disaster relief for?

The Salvation Army's work in disaster relief began in 1900 in response to the devastating hurricane that destroyed Galveston, Texas and killed more than 5,000 people. The devastation was so grand that…