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BROWARD COUNTY’S 4TH ANNUAL KETTLE KRUSH 5K RUN

THE SALVATION ARMY OF BROWARD COUNTY’S 4TH ANNUAL KETTLE KRUSH 5K RUN, WALK AND ROLL PRESENTED BY PwC The 4th Annual Kettle Krush 5K is a “Christmas in July,” family event designed to raise money and awareness to “krush” poverty and homelessness and provide the resources that people need to become self-sufficient and productive members […]

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National Donut Day

In 1938, the first-ever National Donut Day was celebrated in Chicago, and the history of The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies was officially immortalized.

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Sarasota County Welcomes Lt. Colonels Michele and Ward Matthews as New Area Commanders

Prior to their arrival in Sarasota County, Lt. Colonels Ward and Michele Matthews served as National Community Relations and Development Secretary and National Director for White House Relations, respectively,. Lt. Col. Ward Matthews also served as The Salvation Army’s national spokesperson. Prior to their national headquarters appointment in 2018, Lt. Col. Ward Matthews was legal […]

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Reaching New Heights to #Rescue Christmas

Because of the financial hardship on so many this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and because of the fewer store locations allowing kettles to be set up, Captain Stephan Wildish knew something had to be done to ensure that the Tallahassee, FL Corps Red Kettle Goal of $215,000 was met. With the campaign slogan […]

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Good news needs to be shared 

The General’s Christmas Message 2019

By Brian Peddle, General –

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child (Luke 2:17).

When you experience something good, you just can’t help talking about it. That may be a memorable meal, a good book, an enjoyable film, stirring music, dramatic theater or beautiful countryside. Whatever the experience, it leaves such an impression on us that we want to share it with others. We have to share it! Good news needs to be shared.

These days, when people discover they are expecting a baby, many find creative ways to share the news; some hold parties to reveal the gender of the unborn baby; some have parties and—when the child is finally born—they announce it loud and clear.

Jesus’ birth was announced through a new, bright star that appeared in the sky. An angelic choir burst into song to communicate the great news.

Unsuspecting shepherds were looking after their sheep, like any other night, when th..

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Sweet Relief

Alicia, a full-time candy store employee and mother of four, had her hours cut drastically when COVID-19 struck the U.S., causing her to fall $2,000 behind on her rent. With no other options left, Alicia turned to The Salvation Army. Alicia received $1,000 to help with rent, and she was able to pay the other […]

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Overcoming mobility challenges on the path to self sufficiency.

By: Antoinette Vitale Fred enrolled in The Salvation Army’s Towers Center of Hope Men’s Transitional Housing program, Hope Crossing, in Jacksonville in April of 2019. His goal was to find permanent housing with wheelchair accessibility. Hope Crossing provides transitional housing to men at The Towers Center of Hope and helps break the cycle of intergenerational […]

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A Path of Persistence Leads to Stability for Single Mom of Three

A path of persistence and hard work pays off for Salvation Army client
By: Brad Rowland

After a challenging and tumultuous period in her life, Crystal checked in to The Salvation Army’s family shelter at the Community of Hope in Lakeland, Florida. Upon arrival, her central goal was to build a stable home for herself and three children, especially after a recent eviction.

Just a few weeks into Crystal’s maximum 90-day stay in the family shelter, she enrolled in the Pathway of Hope program and quickly secured a job at a local restaurant. From there, Crystal opened a bank account to embark on her plan to save money in order to transition out of the shelter and into stable, secure housing.

“We could tell right away that Crystal was ready for change, and that is really what Pathway of Hope is all about,” said Cristina Coulson, social services program coordinator. “She was really ready to break the cycle of poverty that she had been experiencing for years, and to do it for her children. T..