01 Jan 2016

Love & basketball

Lieutenant Stephen Mayes stands 7 feet tall and played college basketball. So it was natural for him to hang out in the gym at the Manhattan Citadel in East Harlem.

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01 Dec 2015

delivering mercy on land & sea

Jonhard and Debbie Joensen talk about their 12 years with Mercy Ships, an international charity that sponsors the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. Today, they are active soldiers at the

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01 Dec 2015

Kettle Season: more than the money

As a new officer serving in my first appointment, I had an experience that shaped my view of The Salvation Army’s Christmas kettle season. During a campaign at a store,

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01 Dec 2015

Investing In the Lives of Kettle Workers

Last Christmas, three families joined our congregation at the Cleveland (West Park), Ohio, Corps through working at the kettles! Every day during the kettle season, I pulled out of the

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01 Dec 2015

‘A Coat Just for Me’

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn.” —Isaiah

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01 Dec 2015

A Knock at the Door

On a cold winter evening, a tattered silver Christmas tree lay bare in the trash. Most of its branches remained, as well as a pinwheel light that had once lit

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01 Dec 2015

Nowhere to Go

The Army helps a single mom In January 2011, Carolyn Sykes gave birth to a beautiful boy, her first child. A few months later, Sykes made the difficult decision to

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01 Dec 2015

Temporary Shelter

An eternal gratitude A few Christmases ago in Delaware, I took a call from a young mother of a young son and a newborn baby. She was in desperate need of

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01 Dec 2015

A New Perspective on Giving

Mary never dreamed that she and her family would one day find themselves desperately needing help. Just two years before, they were actually the ones helping families in need. “We had

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01 Nov 2015

Serving two Armies

Clifford “Ron” Lancaster, who held a Specialist Grade 4 rank, had been a soldier in Vietnam for 10 long months. But he was hopeful about his future after learning that

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01 Nov 2015

The General Speaks

During his visit to San Juan, P.R., General André Cox talked to SAConnects about the Army’s disaster recovery efforts, his message to officers and new cadets, and making time for

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01 Nov 2015

The Salvation Army remembers

A pianist played slowly, starting with just a few measures of the classic and patriotic song “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” Someone began singing the words. Then another person joined

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