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Patricia

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, the rainfall in South Carolina had reached record levels. Rain water was already filling her home when the nearby dam failed. Patricia and her son were trapped inside for days. There was no way in and no way out.

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.

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.

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.”

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 was often in trouble with the law. Still, during a time of incarceration, he knew that something had to change.

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. But, a rainy day in South Carolina is one that is stilled feared by residents- or so I thought.

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 survivor used. Today I got to meet a group of true survivors.