01 Dec 2016

Do you have the Christmas spirit?

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  —Luke

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01 Dec 2016

Christmas a time for giving

by Robert Mitchell and Hugo Bravo photography provided by Red Shield Toolkit Adopted family gives thanks Last year in Carlisle, Pa., a family’s Christmas looked bleak. So the parents requested

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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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