A Thanksgiving ‘Thank You’

 

D. Mariamma operates her vegetable stand in her community’s local market in Central India. Until recently, she joined her husband and two children in the fields each day as an agricultural laborer. She joined a self-help group sponsored at her local Salvation Army church and took out a $16 dollar loan to start her business. “I am really grateful to Salvation Army for this help,” she said. “My husband is diabetic and I am able to meet his medical expense and I can send my children to school. We are happy now.” Community empowerment programs supported by SAWSO use self-help groups to provide business skill training, loans to start small businesses or pay school tuition; and a sense of hope to women in many of the region’s poorest villages.

This Thanksgiving, The Salvation Army World Service Office is thrilled to be featured as Global Impact’s Charity of the Week.  Please visit http://charity.org/resource-center/success-stories/sawso to view stories and photos of the work SAWSO is accomplishing on behalf of all of our supporters.  Thank you all!”

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In Thanksgiving week, I’m reminded that while we all have reason to be grateful, there are some at this moment whose ability to appreciate those blessings is obscured by deep personal need.

I’m also reminded that there are others, who by God’s grace, are in a position to help push back the darkness.

When I have opportunity to discuss The Salvation Army with our friends in the U.S., I am encouraged that almost all of them are familiar with the Army’s Red Kettle Campaign which officially kicks off this week across America.  Not as many of them know that the Red Kettle can also be found in foreign countries such as Korea, Japan, Chile, Australia and many European nations.

They also often don’t realize that The Salvation Army is an international organization that does great worldwide work to uplift the spiritual and physical conditions of the poorest of the poor. Donations from the U.S. continually fund projects in areas of HIV prevention, community health, anti-human trafficking, and economic empowerment programs for women in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America.  We also support international recovery from disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, responding to immediate needs, but always with an eye toward long-term recovery and sustainability.

We are also thankful for our many partners and supporters.  This week, for example, The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) is thrilled to be featured as Global Impact’s Charity of the Week.  Please visit http://charity.org/resource-center/success-stories/sawso to view stories and photos of the work SAWSO is accomplishing on your behalf.

The line between those who have and those who don’t is very thin.  At SAWSO, we are blessed to be the bridge between the two groups, serving both in service to God.

We’d like to thank you for extending your hand across that line – for working together with us – to put many more on the side of the line where God’s many blessings are more easily appreciated by all.

 

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Lieutenant Colonel Joan Canning is the Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO). SAWSO’s vision is to “create a world where people live in safe and sustainable communities in which differences are respected, basic needs are met, and all enjoy opportunities to learn, work, and worship in freedom.” Learn more at www.SAWSO.org.