Did You Know ...Blood and Fire

The Salvation Army provides assistance to those in need 365 days a year. Founded by William Booth in 1865, The Salvation Army is an international organization that meets the physical and spiritual needs of people in 125 countries around the globe, without discrimination.  With nearly 7,700 centers of operation in the United States, The Salvation Army assists about 29 million individuals nationwide throughout the year - almost 4.5 million of those during the holiday season alone.

About 83% of your donation to The Salvation Army goes directly to program funding to help people who need it most.
 
When you shop at Salvation Army thrift stores, you are supporting adult rehabilitation centers that annually help more than 340,000 people from every walk of life fight substance abuse and return to their communities as participating, contributing members.
 
The familiar red kettles are a 120 year old tradition? The red Christmas kettle debuted in San Francisco Red Kettle Dudein 1891 in the guise of a crab pot.  A depression had thrown many out of work, including hundreds of seamen and longshoremen.  The campaign proved so successful that by 1900 it was imitated nationwide.
 
Movie actors Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Mae West, and Joan Crawford have all appeared in movies with Army characters.
 
Nearly 3.4 million people volunteer for The Salvation Army nationwide. 
 
The Salvation Army's work in disaster relief began in 1900 in response to the devastating hurricane that destroyed Galveston, TX and killed more than 5,000 people.
 
The Salvation Army began dispensing food and drinks near Ground Zero less than an hour after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.  In our nearly nine months of service there, 40,000 Salvation Army volunteers, staff and officers assisted 4.5 million people with meals, pastoral counseling and social services. 
 
The Salvation Army operates a Missing Persons Program, which helped more than 148,000 people last year.
 
The Salvation Army assists more than 14.6 million people with basic social services each year.
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The Salvation Army nationwide provided an opportunity to camp for more than 200,000 underprivileged children, seniors, and adults last year. In the Heartland Division, over 1,000 enjoy a week of rest and fun at Eagle Crest Camp near Washburn, Illinois.
 
The Salvation Army was at the frontlines in World Wars I and II, offering comfort and pastoral guidance.
 
The familiar red shield dates from 1896 and serves as the trademark for the Army's social services.
 
Known for their brass band music, The Salvation Army has approximately 2,500 brass bands worldwide. Every year since the 1920s, a Salvation Army brass band from Southern California has marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
 
The Salvation Army led in the formation of the USO - United Services Organization.  The USO operates service units, which serve members of the armed forces abroad.
 
"Strawberry Fields Forever" in the Beatles 1966 song by that name, is John Lennon's nostalgic reference to a Salvation Army orphanage called Strawberry Field in Woolton, England.  Lennon is said to have played with childhood friends in the trees behind the orphanage when he was a boy.
facts based on International and US statistics