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Why two of our pledgers decided to give...

A true act of kindness and a connection with a human being in desperate need of support.

"I have decided to leave a gift to The Salvation Army in my Will because I will always be grateful for the help I received from them when I worked as a Probation Officer in Bristol. The Salvation Army hostels accepted people who were almost impossible to place – the homeless destitute men who had turned to crime and needed someone to give them a second chance. Thank you and God bless you."

Miss B Jones

(Names have been changed to protect pledgers identities)

 

"I enjoy listening to The Salvation Army band outside my local M&S in the run up to Christmas and I get some strange comfort when I put a few pounds in the collector’s tin and in return I receive a “God bless you” but there’s more to the reason why I am leaving a gift in my Will to The Salvation Army.

I am a people watcher and last Christmas as I listened to the band play, it was my privilege to witness and incident in my home town of Dundee. As the band played, one or two of The Salvation Army team rattled their tins and blessed the shoppers but one of them noticed in an alley way beside the store, a homeless man who had been asleep and was trying to get to his feet.  The Salvation Army “soldier” immediately went to the man’s aid and the first thing that struck me was as he reached out to help the man, he called him “Sir”, something I suspect the man would not have been called in a very long time. The “soldier” steadied the poor homeless man and then went into his bag and from it produced a flask and gave the man a hot drink from his own cup. I watched this act of compassion and questioned whether I would have had the moral strength to do the same. A true act of kindness and a connection with a human being in desperate need of support."

Mr G Brown

(Names have been changed to protect pledgers identities)