The Greatest Gift

salvation army officer donating a gift to a family
by Alberta

For most kids, birthdays mean getting new toys and clothes, but for 10 year old Joel Moore, he had another idea.

Joel celebrated his birthday in December and decided to ask his friends that instead of wrapped gifts that they bring a donation for The Salvation Army. “I already have lots of toys and clothes,” says Joel. “So I thought maybe to help people that don’t have that stuff.” Through Joel’s efforts, $350 was raised for The Salvation Army programs and services.

Along with his Mom and siblings, Joel brought his donation to the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre, which allowed the opportunity to tour the facility. They got to see some of the programs The Salvation Army offers and how this gift would benefit the community.

Helping people is a family tradition. Mom Shelagh McConnell has always tried to instill the values of helping others with her three children, Allison, 11, Joel, and Graham, 8. Shelagh, herself a long time Salvation Army donor, says she always talks to the kids about the importance of helping those who may not be as fortunate.


Joel Moore, 10, presents Lt Col Larry Martin with $350 that he raised, foregoing gifts in favour of donations for The Salvation Army during his birthday in December. Looking on are his Mom, Shelagh McConnell and siblings Allison and Graham.