The Salvation Army


It’s the time of year to help.

If you were thinking of naming a organization today and combining a couple of completely opposing words to gain attention – think only of The Salvation Army as a great example. Two words that have formed completely different meanings in today’s society. Yet, still this army of volunteers are tirelessly out in full force this festive season trying to bring salvation to the masses.

The Salvation Army was the idea of founder William Booth in 1865.  Mr. Booth was a dissident Methodist Minister whom wanted to bring salvation to the people.  Originally named the Christian Mission and later named The Salvation Army in 1878.  This historical charitable foundation was formed in the London neighborhood of Whitechapel. Canada’s salvation began in 1882 when the army arrived.

It is the time of year that a mass deployment of recruits and volunteers hit the streets to ring-a-ding their bells.  Our local mall’s, halls are decked with Santa’s least know and often underappreciated helpers.  Sitting unannounced at an entrance,  slowly,  steadily swinging a bell for hours on end.  A glass kettle hanging from its pedestal awaits  indiscriminately for an offering. Quantity of giving doesn’t matter as we collectively can provide more that an individual. An army of contributors helps with the salvation.  Change or bills, fill the vessel through an opening atop.  A warm smile and polite nod is received from Santa’s hatted helper.

Ring, ring, ring…Seasons Greetings.

footnote: i do not endorse the doctrines of the many charities or foundations that i write about under the category ‘charitable’. i believe that that each group has a benefit to their target audience and will distribute the help accordingly.

An Original Writing by
dfmw © 2010 All Rights Reserved

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