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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!

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.

David's Story

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.

Jim's Story

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.

April's Story

Like most parents, April’s one wish for the holidays was to be able to provide for her children – warm food on the table and a few presents under the tree. Many of us take this for granted. Finding herself without a home during the holidays, however, April realized that it would take a Christmas miracle for her wish to come true.

Dontae's Story

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.