We Continue to Serve Those in Need

by British Columbia
Categories: COVID-19

Dear Friends,

From everyone at The Salvation Army, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy during these extraordinary times.

During the pandemic, we are committed to providing you with this weekly update. But we also want to let you know how much we appreciate hearing from you. Please know, we have passed on your messages of love and support to our officers who continue to work on the front lines … across the province and the country.

To date, we have been blessed. We have not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of our facilities in BC. We continue to take every precaution to ensure we can serve our communities while keeping our staff, clients and the general public safe. And we continue to pray for those who have fallen ill or have lost loved ones to the virus.

As more businesses are forced to close and people are impacted financially, the demands on our services continue to grow. Our homeless shelters are running at full capacity – and more than ever – we are seeing an increase in families with children using our food services. Seniors, who are especially vulnerable due to mobility issues, require home delivery in communities where we are stretched thin, due to a shortage of volunteers. That said, we are not deterred.

We are comforted as we receive your thoughtful donations, which we have already put to work. In communities across the province, your support is re-stocking shelves at food banks, purchasing extra cleaning supplies, and allowing us to deliver bags of supplies to people and seniors in self-isolation at home. Thank you.

Your support allows us to help those across the province, not just the Lower Mainland. In many rural areas, The Salvation Army is the only food bank. In places like Prince Rupert, Williams Lake, Port Alberni, Quesnel, Fort Saint-John and Terrace, we serve hundreds of people a day, sometimes an hour. Because of you, we can keep this vital service open. We would like to say a special thank you to restaurants and food chains who have been especially helpful in this area.

As we continue to serve those in need, your support is vital. It not only provides people with basic human needs … it gives them HOPE. For this, we say thank you.


With grace,


Mike Leland
Divisional Secretary, Public Relations
The Salvation Army, British Columbia Division


PS – to make a gift today and help us continue to serve individuals and families across the province, click here.