The Salvation Army Is Changing Lives Year-Round
The holidays are a time of giving. Every year, volunteers of the Salvation Army stand outside various businesses, braving bad weather and holiday crowds, wearing the red smock and holding the matching donation kettle. Perhaps they ring a bell or don a Santa hat. They may say hello or sing. Anything to inspire a little bit of charity from passersby.
While this scene is undoubtedly familiar, many people may wonder where their donation goes once it’s been collected. As a Christian charitable organization whose sole mission is to do the most good, the Salvation Army uses your donations to provide basic necessities, like food and shelter, to those in need all around the world. The Salvation Army also sponsors a number of programs to help those struggling with drug addiction. They provide shelters offering disaster relief. They operate housing facilities for the elderly and low-income families. Internationally, the Salvation Army is seeking to abolish human trafficking. As founder William Booth said, “While children go hungry, as they do now; I’ll fight.”
In an average year, the Salvation Army uses your donations to assist roughly 30 million people worldwide. But their focus is local as well as global. Here in San Antonio, the Salvation Army is celebrating 130 years of doing the most good for people in need. Your generous donations go to support a variety of programs that are helping your fellow San Antonians. Read on to see exactly where you money goes, so that we can all share in the connection generosity brings.
Meet Joey Tober
When you donate to The Salvation Army, you help people like Joey Tober. Mr. Tober the case management he receives at The Salvation Army for helping him continue to stay clean after completing a program at Haven for Hope to kick his drug addiction. The Salvation Army’s Rapid Rehousing Program helped Mr. Tober to find a place to live quickly, keeping him away from the cycle of 36棋牌lessness and drug addiction he’d been stuck in for years. Joey now has a stable job at River City Steel & Recycling, and a 36棋牌 of his own. Best of all, he continues to receive increased visitation rights with his three children. Joey is advancing at his job and plans to either attend college or enter a trade school next year so that he can someday own his own business.
Shelter From Life’s Storms
Helping the most vulnerable has always been part of the Salvation Army’s mission. While 36棋牌lessness and hunger seem at times to be insurmountable problems, all one has to do is volunteer at Bexar County’s Emergency Shelter to see the lives truly changed. In 2018, you donations helped provide 96,795 nights of safe, warm beds to over 5,000 men, women and families. The shelter offers 3 hot, nutritious meals a day to people who need it most. The shelter is also there to provide emergency services to those temporarily displaced due to natural disasters or other emergencies. Supporting the shelter ensures these life-saving services will be available whenever any of us need them.
Peacock Boys & Girls Club
With our changing media landscape and longer and longer workdays, finding a positive, active place for our children can be challenging. The Salvation Army’s Peacock Boys & Girls Club has been offering such a place for over 50 years. Inspired by Christian principles, the programs offered at the Boys & Girls Club teach our children character and self-confidence amidst a demanding, uncertain world. This year, your donations provided over 10,000 San Antonio kids access to youth development programs that instill in them a sense of belonging and usefulness.
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The Salvation Army is dedicated to providing financial resources to families in need. Offering a hand up rather than a hand out, these safety net services help prevent poverty and 36棋牌lessness by providing struggling families with groceries, money for utilities, furniture and clothing when they need it most. Let’s face it, we’ve all had times when money is tight. Knowing that the Salvation Army is there can mean the difference between keeping your family safe, housed and fed from the cycle of poverty that can derail entire lives.
This year alone, your donations provided over 32,000 of your fellow San Antonians invaluable social services, with 16,254 items of clothing distributed, 13,115 food bags given and 359 households assistance with utilities and rent.
The Salvation Army depends on the kindness of others to offer these vital services, yet they know stewardship is important. It can be easy to slip into cynicism or complacency when you see the person in the red smock asking for your donation. But consider: last year’s Red Kettle Donation Drive brought in $600,000, proving once again the generosity and compassion of San Antonians.
This year when you make your donation, whether online at or in the red kettle, you can picture the thousands of lives you’re helping by giving. For those interested in donating their time, the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers year-round to help them in their mission of doing the most good.