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Winnipeg Police Association Drops Off Toy Donation to Salvation Army

Winnipeg Police Association Drops Off Toy Donation to Salvation Army

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Ward Gordon and Moe Sabourin of the Winnipeg Police Association present 150 toys to Mark Young, executive director of the Salvation Army Toy Mountain campaign. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Salvation Army has received a donation of 150 toys for its Toy Mountain campaign this year.

The Winnipeg Police Association made the donation on Monday at the Salvation Army Weetamah Centre on Logan Avenue.

“We have started a tradition whereby each year, toys are gathered at the Winnipeg Police Association Christmas party and then donated to a worthwhile toy drive,” said WPA president Maurice Sabourin.

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English Café Establishes Welcoming Place for Immigrants

English Café Establishes Welcoming Place for Immigrants

Salvation ArmyA new café is making it easier for immigrants to transition into Canadian life.

The Salvation Army has established the English Café in Winnipeg. Volunteers meet with immigrants every Tuesday evening for two hours to help with conservational skills in English, helping them to understand their child’s report card, and assist with studying for their citizenship or drivers permit.

“We see people from many different countries and religions and we treat everyone with respect and compassion,” Hurmat Habib, volunteer hospitality coordinator.

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Salvation Army Appeals for Last-Minute Donations

Salvation Army Appeals for Last-Minute Donations

Salvation ArmyChristmas Eve is only a week away and the Salvation Army’s kettle campaign is $144,000 short of reaching its annual goal.

Funds raised provide for Christmas hampers, but also many other year-round programs, such as those to benefit children and youth, programs working with street gangs, food banks, summer camp, community-based activities, and emergency assistance after tragedy strikes.

“We are greatly appreciative to all who have already supported The Salvation Army but would like to appeal to all Winnipeggers to support this vital campaign,” said Major Rob Kerr.

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Salvation Army Short 5,000 Toys for Christmas

Salvation Army Short 5,000 Toys for Christmas

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The Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army is short 5,000 toys this year as part of its annual Toy Mountain campaign.

The goal this year is 15,000 toys and Winnipeggers have been donating generously since the campaign launched.

“There is great generosity in this city and there is also great need. Families find themselves in crisis for many reasons and sometimes without warning,” said Major Rob Kerr with the Salvation Army.

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7-Eleven, Salvation Army Partner for Winter Clothing Drive

Salvation ArmyAs the weather warms up, 7-Eleven wants its customers to shed their winter layers.

The convenience store chain has teamed up with the Salvation Army Thrift Store to encourage the community to give back.

On Wednesday, May 14, participating 7-Eleven stores across the country will accept gently used winter clothing in exchange for a free Slurpee. Items such as coats, boots, fleece, hats and gloves will be accepted.

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Salvation Army Serves Up Pre-Christmas Feast

Salvation Army Serves Up Pre-Christmas Feast

Salvation ArmyMore than 1,100 people were served an early Christmas dinner Wednesday at the Salvation Army Winnipeg Booth Centre.

The shelter held three different sittings for members of the city’s homeless community, complete with all the fixings of a traditional Christmas meal. Staff and volunteers served up turkey, ham, potatoes, gravy, and a selection of homemade-style cherry rhubarb pies.

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Salvation Army in Need of ‘Toy Mountain’ Donations

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Julieen Keeley chooses toys for her eight-year old daughter, Jessica. The Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain shopping centre provides toys and fosters dignity and independence to families who are facing difficult circumstances. (HANDOUT)

The Salvation Army is in desperate need of toy donations to help fill a 4,500-square-foot gymnasium.

Toy Mountain will distribute toys to Winnipeg children who otherwise wouldn’t receive a gift this Christmas. While donations are slowly trickling in, about 15,000 toys need to be collected.

With the help of volunteer elves, parents select toys and essential items from Toy Mountain, such as hats, gloves and scarves for their children. The distribution centre opens on December 12, leaving little time to collect the necessary inventory.

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Donors Help Salvation Army Continue ‘Community Venture’ Program

Salvation ArmyA generous private donation to the Salvation Army will keep the wheels on its Community Venture program rolling for years to come.

The charity had been using a 2002 Ford E350 van for its transportation needs, but wear and tear started to take its toll. Local donors Bonnie and John Buhler heard about the need and stepped up to donate $37,816.

With the funds, the Salvation Army was able to purchase a converted 2013 Dodge Caravan to accommodate wheelchair use.

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Salvation Army in Need of Larger-Sized Winter Coats

Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army Booth Centre is in need of 150 warm winter coats as temperatures start to dip.

The shelter at 180 Henry Avenue provides at-risk individuals with a place to keep warm during chilly Winnipeg winters.

“In 13 years I have not seen as desperate need for warm winter coats as I have this year,” said Randy Leavitt, the centre’s chaplain. “Without suitable winter coats, our guests are at risk for negative health impacts caused by exposure to extreme cold. They need good, warm coats of larger sizes so they can layer against the cold and keep warm.”

Coats are needed in larger sizes (L, XXL, XXXL) and must be in good condition with working zippers. Anyone with a donation can drop it off at the centre between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.