The Salvation Army Community & Residential Services
Showing the Way...the Truth, and the Life

Come on...Ring Those Bells!

It's that time of year again, when the bubbles pop up in the mall and stores around Thunder Bay - The Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign kicks off on Thursday, November 17!

Join us at 11:00 a.m . at Intercity Mall by the Santa display as we celebrate the start of another campaign.  We will be joined by Mayor Keith Hobbs, along with representatives from our local Canadian Tire Stores on behalf of the "From our Kettle to Your Kettle" fundraising campaign partnership with Pop's Kettle Corn, as well as representatives from the Lakehead University Thunderwolves.

Friday is 'Celebrity Day' with local politicians and key people in the city manning the kettles - people like many of your City Councillors; Fire Chief , Police Chief and many others.

On Saturday, Westgate High School, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, Superior High School, Queen Hockey Team, and Thunder Bay Horticultural Society will cover the kettles to round out our kick off weekend!

The kettle locations are:
Intercity Mall
Walmart - County Fair
Walmart - Memorial Avenue
Walmart - Arthur Street (Fridays and Saturdays only - starting on November 25)
Grandview Mall

We also have three LCBO locations that will start on December 1 - County Fair, Thunder Centre and Arthur Street.

We are in need of volunteers - if you can spare an hour or two, please call 345-6492 and work out a time that suits you best.

Our goal this year is $190,000 and supports our Christmas work and the work of our Community & Family Services throughout the year.

Please help us through your time or through contributing to the kettles - we can't do this without you!
Santa Shuffle
Lace up your running shoes and join us as we help fight poverty one step at a time.

Join us on Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Current River Rec Centre to be part of the Santa Shuffle - it's a 5 kilometre run/walk to raise money for The Salvation Army. 

There's also a 1 kilometre 'Elf Walk' for little ones or anyone who prefers a shorter distance.  You can register as an individual or enter as a team - don we now our gay apparel and you're all set!  Thee will be prizes for the most festively dressed individual, family group and corporate group!

You can register at or at The Running Room store.
There will be participation medals, refreshments, door prizes and lots of fun!

Money raised goes to support the community work of The Salvation Army in Thunder Bay - the foodbank, school programs, soupvan street feeding ministry and community dinners.

Come on out, have some fun and support a good cause at the same time!
New Community Response Vehicle
(also known as the Soup Van)
It's almost here!!  The vehicle is just getting the finishing touches and should be on the street within the next few weeks!

Thanks to our generous sponsors - The Rotary Clubs of Fort William, Port Arthur and Lakehead as well as Pinewood Ford, the Polish Legion Branch 149 and the Slovak Legion Branch 129, The Thunder Bay Firefighters Association, The Salvation Army Meighen Foundation,  donations made in memory of Ernest Grundy and other private donors throughout the city!

The Community Response Vehicle is dual-purpose.  Firstly, we use it for our nightly community feeding ministry, where we go to two stops (one in the north ward and one in the south ward) to privide a hot meal and other necessities to street-involved people.  Secondly, it is our Emergency Disaster Services Response Vehicle that we would use in the case of a local disaster to provide whatever is needed by first responders and disaster survivors.  This is a vital ministry of The Salvation Army and one that we are proud to provide in the city.

If you would like to contribute towards the purchase, or to the work of the soupvan, please call 807-345-6492 or contact us to donate.

Stay tuned for more details as they develop!
New Soup Van Thunder Bay
Journey to Life Logo
The Journey to Life
William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army, had figured out the idea of the journey to life back in 1890! 

Check out our Residential Services page to find out more!
From Their Kettle to our Kettle
Pop's Kettle Corn
Pop's has sold almost 10,000 bags of kettle corn through Canadian Tire stores in support of The Salvation Army in the first year of the campaign, about half of that supporting the work here in Thunder Bay!

Buy a bag of Pop's Kettle Corn at Canadian Tire and $1.00 will be donated to our Christmas Kettle Campaign (50 cents from Pop's and 50 cents from Canadian Tire).

So get out and buy some great kettle corn and support The Salvation Army at the same time!

Volunteering - It Just Feels Good!!
Thunder Bay Firefighter Volunteers Salvation Army
Do you have a few hours on your hands that you don't know what to do with?  Want to make a difference in Thunder Bay?  Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page, or call 345-6492  to find out what volunteer opportunities are available.
Many hands make light work!