During the holidays, we all witness individuals in front of businesses ringing bells and a red kettle hanging with a sign that says, “The Salvation Army,” asking for any spare change one might have, to help those in need. This was organization was simply started by a sincere minister who went on a mission to help others who found it hard to think about their souls if they were worried about where the next meal was coming from and where they might find shelter. William Booth, a London minister, began The Salvation Army began in 1865. He chose to leave his podium and take his message to the streets to help people who have fallen on hard times. It started mainly to provide spiritual help through prayers and teaching of the Bible. His determined to spread changes to traditional churches back then. He realized that the poor did not feel welcomed in most of the churches and chapels of Victorian England.
Worshippers who attended church regularly were offended when the poor people came to worship. Booth created the Christian Mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination for those worshippers. This mission was based on the Bible and gradually expanded. Booth’s faith in God remained strong as it motivated him to spread the word of Christianity through his mission. In 1878, the organization was changed to The Salvation Army, and two years later the first U.S. branch opened in Pennsylvania.
During both world wars, it became well-known through their work with the armed forces. The Salvation Army was proven and respected as an important international charity organization. Salvation Army officers wear a military-style uniform.
The Salvation Army halls are essentially places of worship and the officers are ordained ministers of religion. The Salvation Army organizes evangelical centers, hospitals, emergency and disaster services, alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, community centers, social work centers, second-hand stores, and recreation facilities. Voluntary contributions and profits from the sale of its publications fund the organization. It provides help to the elderly, the young, and disabled people and more plus, it provides food and shelter for the homeless and operates food distribution centers. The Red Kettle Campaign is the most recognizable way to donate in the Christmas season, but there are many other ways for us to help with The Salvation Army year around. Events and personal fundraisers range from an individual planning a garage sale to civic groups, churches, or businesses hosting silent auctions or benefit dinners on The Salvation Army’s behalf. Giving to The Salvation brings much love to those in need. The organization generally puts 98% of donations toward feeding the hungry.
But in the wake of disasters like the recent disasters, 100% is used for feeding and providing much relief to victims. The Salvation Army typically spends 82% of donations on aid. But during disasters, it draws from its budget, so it can direct 100% at relief efforts. This non-profit organization because you get rewarded by the thankfulness of those you are showing compassion and serving to, and doing the work of a true Christian.
They evaluate the needs of each community they serve as they work to understand the difficulties and design programs to offer immediate relief, temporary care, and continuing progress in the areas that will benefit the community. Independent people say that The Salvation Army is on a mission that comes from individuals doing God’s work and are truly thankful. Today, the Salvation Army is still based in London, branches in 128 countries worldwide. This organization is coordinated by our International Headquarters in London, UK. At present, there are five Regions headed by an International Secretary. General André Cox, is Chief executive officer since February 2013, second in command of the international Salvation Army.