The Helping-Hand Appeal was the inspiration of Colonel Olive Booth during the Second World War. Soon afterwards a regular pattern developed in the worldwide Home League of donating money to a variety of Salvation Army projects, particularly those overseas.
This money, in the United Kingdom Territory, is raised in many different ways and is channelled from Adult and Family Ministries groups to Territorial Headquarters, via International Development UK.
On 15 November 1999, at the first meeting of the Adult and Family Ministries Advisory Council, it was decided that all Adult and Family Ministries groups should be given the option to support the Helping-Hand project. This commenced with the 2001 Appeal ‘Living Water’ and has, since that time, raised in excess of £2.5 million.
The whole concept and ethos of the Helping-Hand Appeal is to look beyond our own boundaries and home needs to our brothers and sisters around the world. Each year, Family Ministry groups and corps members will work together to raise funds to support a specific area of The Salvation Army's international work.