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The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is about people finding freedom.
Freedom from fear. Freedom from neglect. Freedom from poverty and addiction. Freedom to dream. Freedom to love. Freedom to make a difference.
Freedom to live life to the full.
Across the country we’re engaged with every demographic and every age group. We’re active in the big cities, the country towns and even outback cattle stations. You’ll find us involved in national issues and you’ll find us one-on-one in your local café. But regardless of where we are or what we’re doing, one thing always remains true: we’re about people finding freedom.
We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty to help secure freedom for others. If the environment is unpleasant, we’ll still go. If the issue is controversial, we’ll still love. If the task seems impossible, we’ll try anyway. We’re convinced that freedom is for everybody. No exceptions.
We see ourselves as a movement rather than an institution – inspiring, equipping and inviting people from all walks of life to join the fight and be part of helping secure freedom for someone else.
In a typical week, across Australia, The Salvation Army provides*:
- 100,000 meals for the hungry
- 2,000 beds for the homeless
- 5,000 to 8,000 food vouchers
- 1,000 people with assistance in finding employment
- Refuge to 500 victims of abuse
- Assistance to 500 people addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling
- Several thousand people with counselling
- 3,000 elderly people with aged care services
- Family tracing services which locate 40 missing family members
- Chaplaincy services to 4,000 people in the court system
The Salvation Army will give hope to almost 300,000 Aussies this Christmas with food, bills and accommodation, as well as serve 8,000 Christmas meals.The Salvos will also give up to 500,000 gifts to children, teenagers and adults this Christmas to make their day a special one!
CHRISTMAS DAY TV STORY:
The Salvation Army makes sure everyone gets a Christmas!
While organising a Christmas Party, numerous toy drives for children, and going about their regular work, the Salvos learn that a member of their community, Greg, cannot make their party due to illness.
In true Salvos style, Matt and Robbin (from the Salvos) prepare a hamper to pass onto Greg to ensure he does not miss out on the Christmas cheer.
This year, the Salvation Army will help over 300 000 people over Christmas, and give away over 100 000 hampers to people in need.
At the party, Darren Percival takes to the stage to help the Salvos wish Australia a Merry Christmas.
Pink’s New Teeth
Throughout 2012, Major Bryce Davies from the Salvation Army Brisbane Streetlevel work was instrumental in raising $13 000 to help a Streetlevel local and Brisbane resident Tanya (aka ‘Pink’) to get a new set of teeth for Christmas.
Pink has not been able enjoy a Christmas meal for the past 12 years after losing most of her teeth and living with the pain of exposed nerve endings.
Originally from Adelaide and after a short stint in Sydney, Pink now calls Brisbane home. She has been eating soggy weet-bix and mashed bananas for breakfast over the past few years, and has been forced to drink coffee from a straw and puree most of her meals. She has been living like a person with a broken jaw.
Since joining the Streetlevel community in Brisbane earlier this year, Pink found herself connected to great support network who, over the past 12 months under the guidance of Major Bryce Davies, helped her to raise the $13 000 needed to have her top teeth replaced in time for her to enjoy a Christmas meal with her family and friends.
The transformation happened earlier this month, and has given Pink a new lease on life.
Since the operation, she has been living pain free and no longer needs pain killers and now has the confidence to smile in public.Pink has been changed from someone who was embarrassed to smile in public, to someone who is now helping to spread some Christmas cheer in her workplace and at Streetlevel.