Charity Spotlight: The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, once known as the Christian Mission, is part of the evangelical universal Christian Church, founded in 1865 in the United Kingdom by William and Catherine Booth.

Before officially forming the Salvation Army, Booth was a traveling evangelist and converted thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards to Christianity. Converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, and now, as Salvationists. The Salvationists advocated for their cause throughout the British Isles, in some cases facing real battles as organized gangs attacked them.

Despite the persecution, approximately 250,000 people were converted under the ministry of The Salvation Army between 1881 and 1885. The first meeting of the Salvation Army was held in Philadelphia in 1879 and was recognized by President Grover Cleveland in 1886.

Today the Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name, without discrimination.

As of 2010, the Salvation Army operated in 122 countries and provided services in 175 different languages. The Salvation Army is recognized by its logo, the Red Shield, which has its origins in Salvation Army work during wartime. Salvation Army officers serving in the Red Shield Services during wartime performed many functions including the Doughnut Girls of World War I who served refreshments to troops in the trenches.

The Salvation Army spearheads a variety of programs including community and fellowship programs, disaster relief, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, prisoner rehabilitation, elderly services and Christmas charities – including the well-known Red Kettles. The ministry also sponsors youth camps where children from low-income families enjoy outdoor activities and new experiences. Children learn new skills and self-reliance while trained counselors help them to become strong, mature young adults.

In terms of disaster relief services, the Salvation Army is usually among the first to arrive with help after natural or man-made disasters, including the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Hugo, and Hurricane Andrew. Since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the Salvation Army has allocated donations of more than $365 million to serve more than 1.7 million people in nearly every state.

The Salvation Army also supports Adult Rehabilitation Centers known as ARCs, which assist in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. These centers are funded by revenues earned from its thrift stores or charity shops. It is here that people donate used items such as clothing and toys which are later resold to the public at a discounted price.

There are many ways to become involved or give to the Salvation Army. Give time by volunteering at the organization; donate clothing, furniture, and household goods to thrift stores, or donate a used automobile, which will be used to help rehabilitate men and women in the ARC programs. Finally, a monetary donation is always welcome.

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3 Responses to “Charity Spotlight: The Salvation Army”

  1. Salvation Army
    National Corporation
    615 Slaters Lane
    Alexandria ,VA 22313

    JANUARY 04, 2012


    I am writing this letter to inform your corporation of a representative you have working in the city of vineland, New Jersey..Name unknown due to his neglect of providing me that information when he was asked by myself..This INDIVIDUAL…represented himself as a manager of your establishment and his conduct was unprossesional and insulting…keep in my mind that my family and friends are always donating clothes and merchandise for adults and children of need to support your nonprofit organization.
    the story begins:
    I entered the vineland store…for about one hour of looking thru all of the clothes in the racks. I picked 4 items…2 dress coats for men..1 female jacket..and 1 mens coat. 2 of the dress coat was $12.99 with a pink label ½ off for Friday..2 of the jackets was white label @ $ 9.99 each…when I approached the cashier/manager.He picked up the female jacket and said…I cant sell you this…and I asked why? This is a leather jacket..they start at 14.99…so I said ..oh..ok..I’ll pay the $14.99..He then said NO…I said why? He then said I cant sell this jacket…so I said ok..
    Then he picked up the mens coat…and said I cant sell you this one neither…and now I was getting a little frustrated…and asked why NOT…he said this jacket is worth more than that…I said what are you talking about..the price is in the label…what are you doing…I then did not want to start arguing with I walked away and left the items behind…when I reached my vehicle…I decided to return to the store and dispute his actions and his way of conducting and managing a business…and asking why was he doing what he was doing…he said I am not selling you anything and I want you to leave the store or I will call the police…I told him to call the police..I am not breaking any law…I repeatedly asked for his name or business card or a corporate number which he ignored me until the police arrived…another customer outside mentioned that this individual is always doing that…which I did not understand what they were talking about…But from what I was seeing..he is running a scam…either for himself or for profit…this individual should not be representing your good NAME….the embarrassment and mental state that I suffered was not necessary…if the label of an item is $1.00 or $100.00 that is the price…there was no reason for this individual to have made me go through what I went through this day…the police told me..this indivual has banned me from this store…THE QUESTION IS WHY???
    I am going to pursue this individual’s actions…to the better business bureau .to an attorney… but before I do so..I want to know what you will do to resolve this matter.

    Thank you and sincerely.


  2. Getting married, my fiance and I both have whole sets of furniture for the house. We decide to donate the duplicates which are still in fairly good condition. I called Salvation Army twice. Both times, they refused to take furniture which were not perfect. For the good furniture, instead of lifting, they dragged the furniture on the floor up to the point some pieces fell off. If they are so picky about the condition of the furniture, they should handle the furniture with care. My home decoration art works fell on the floor before they reached the truck.

    I called the office to protest, the person was rude and ask me” what do you want me to do? We are not dumping ground.

    This is not the Salvation Army I have in my mind.
    Out of frustration, I told the person I will not donate anything to Salvation Army anymore.

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