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Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick Off in Chicago

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The Salvation Army kicked off the holiday season November 13 with Starlighter and Tree of Lights celebrations. Both events signified the official start of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign which raises 70 percent of the annual budget. Read More

Nov
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Holiday Fun for the Entire Family – Chicagoland Red Kettle Kick Off

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Join The Salvation Army in kicking-off the holiday season at the 32nd Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony on Thursday, November 13, in the Great Hall at Union Station. Read More

Nov
10

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I Must Be on the Naughty List

I-Must-Be-On-The-Naughty-List-250x250Christmas was coming, and little Jeff was crying.

When a Salvation Army worker asked what was wrong, he said, “I’m just hoping I make Santa’s nice list this year. I must always be on the naughty list, because Santa

never comes.”

How heartbreaking, the worker thought.

Jeff’s problem, of course, wasn’t naughtiness at all. His problem was poverty. His mom simply couldn’t afford to buy presents for her kids. Read More

Nov
10

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How a Bell Ringer Saved Christmas

How-A-Bell-Ringer-Saved-Christmas-250x250Volunteers who ring bells for The Salvation Army over the holidays sometimes do even more good than they’ll ever know — especially for someone like Sandy.

When Sandy dropped a few coins in a bucket, the bell ringer smiled and engaged her in conversation. Sandy was so moved that she called The Salvation Army office to share what had happened. The staff worker who took her call learned that Sandy’s husband had lost his job and they were struggling financially. They wouldn’t be able to afford much of a Christmas celebration for themselves — or their 14-year-old disabled son. Read More

Nov
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Christmas Bicycle Dreams DO Come True!

Christmas-Bicycle-Dreams-Do-Come-True-250x250Christmas was coming, and Felicia could barely afford to buy any presents for her 8-year-old daughter . . . much less a bike, her daughter’s biggest wish.

“I put one on layaway,” Felicia says. “But I had to put it back because I couldn’t afford it.”

Shattered, Felicia wondered how she’d break the news to her little girl. Then along came Angel Tree . . . Read More