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Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian church and an international charitable organisation. The organisation reports a worldwide membership of over 1.7 million, consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents collectively known as Salvationists. Wikipedia

My mind remembers many times that The Salvation Army has helped me out. The reason I am thinking about them today is simple, today is the Salvation Army Founders Day. Because I read about that at Checkiday I decided to go check them out to see what they are doing during this pandemic. Turns out they have members on the front lines as usual.

Starting with the main reason I appreciate them. They are and always have been my first choice when I needed to feed myself and my kids and didn't have any money to buy groceries. Their food banks are still helping people out. In some places they are actually bringing the food to the people who need it using food trucks as a delivery system.

They provide shelters for the homeless who are vulnerable to the virus by setting up pop-up shelters in areas where the regular shelters need help with social distancing and so much more.

If you are low income with children you are aware of their Christmas Hamper program which again has come to my rescue for many years indeed most of my kids Christmas gifts came via the Salvation Army for most of their lives. 

One other thing I am grateful to them for though you would think I shouldn't be is that when no other church was willing to marry my first husband & I a Salvation Army Chaplin did. While that relationship ended in divorce still am glad that I got a Christian ceremony instead of a  civil service one by a Justice of the Peace. At that time it was important to have the churches blessing.

If you figure you are safe and have done your 14-day confinement consider volunteering for the Salvation Army in your town.


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