Not too long ago during Christmas season I started to enter a store i always had shopped at regularly for years. I stopped within the store entrance because I felt that something seemed to be wrong. Then I realized that there was no bell ringing without Salvation Army volunteer with his or her red pot. I went into the store and asked the administrator if he knew why the Salvation Army volunteer was not outside. He stated that the company had gotten claims from people who were unhappy that a religious organization appeared to be soliciting donations in front of the company’s stores. He stated the fact that company had decided that they would no longer allow the Salvation Army to have a space outside the stores. This way the company examine offend people. I told the manager that they acquired just offended me. I walked out and have never again shopped at that store or at any of that business other stores.
Every year I know it’s the Christmas season as i see the Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells in addition to standing next to their red donation kettles or buckets. Every time I see one of those red buckets I put $5, $10 or $20 in the bucket and thank the volunteer for being there and allowing me to make the don. I thank them because I believe that they are doing me a favor by allowing me to help people through the Salvation Army. They are the ones that have to stand for hours ringing their bell while all I have to do is put profit the bucket. They don’t get paid for doing this they just do it out of love for their fellow humans. I not only give away at Christmas time, I also send in anonymous donations (For my personal ideological reasons most of my donations to most entities are designed anonymously. ) at other times of the year and when a variety of disasters.
I am not connected in any way with the Salvation Military nor have I ever received aid from them. Often the Salvation Army is a christian religious organization and while I am a Christian I am a Catholic. Some people consult me why I give to the Salvation Army rather than the Catholic Church. I tell them that I do give to the actual Church, but I also give to the Salvation Army. In my opinion the Salvation Army is one of the finest charities around. Many people try to help any and every person regardless of race, nationality, color, sexual preference or religious beliefs. They have in no way tried to convert anyone I know of and they never often engage in any type of politicking. The only thing I have ever seen these individuals do is help people. They have their beliefs but as very good as I have seen they do not try to force those beliefs with others.
The Salvation Army is a religious organization, they greatly have ministries, they do have members, and they do preach the gospel of Christ to people, however , as far as I recognize they do not preach to people that do not want to hear them and in addition they never require people that they are helping to join them. When I was initially young, I knew a girl whose family belonged to the Answer Army. Not once did they ever try to “convert” me, not once did they ever try to communicate me into going to services with them and not once have they ever try to do anything other that to be wonderful to me. At that time I was an Agnostic and they knew that but they never tried to change my mind and they never judged me.
According the Salvation Army, “83 cents of any dollar collected by the Army goes directly to client service”, this is one the highest percentages of any non-profit worldwide. Among the services that they provide are disaster relief expert services, day care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for any aging, AIDS education and residential services, medical establishments, shelters for battered women and children, family and career direction, vocational training, correction services, and substance abuse rehabilitation. In excess of 30 million people a year are aided in some type by services provided by The Salvation Army.
The Solution Army is actively involved in fighting the international criminal of human and sexual trafficking. The battle is definitely fought on two fronts: shaping public policy with Washington, DC, as well as providing basic services and briefing for victims. They run 120 adult rehabilitation centers across the nation, these centers focus solely on whipping substance abuse. Individuals with identifiable and treatable needs go to these kind of centers for help when they no longer are able to cope with their own addictions. They receive housing, nourishing meals, and important medical care, and they engage in work therapy. The Salvation Navy also operates 18 locations across the United States, which offer a comprehensive treatment program for men and women struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. Clients are primarily homeless, with limited or no admission to other treatment or social service programs. Educational guidance along with classes such as relapse prevention and anger managing prepare graduates for independence and meaningful employment. On a yearly basis, thousands of older adults are served by The Salvation Armed service through a myriad of programs. At Salvation Army community centres, seniors may find educational classes, adult day care, hot-lunch packages, and the “league of mercy, ” a community care ministry that sends volunteers to hospitals, nursing homes, and on to the homebound to provide a listening ear, a caring heart and soul and a helping hand.
An interview with Yael Eckstein, Senior Vice President of the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews.