My father didn’t trust most charities. He thought they were all scams. But he always had high praise for the Salvation Army. During World War II, both the SA and the Red Cross provided cigarettes, toiletries and the like for the troops. However, Dad liked the SA because, unlike the Red Cross, the SA didn’t charge the soldiers for all those supplies. But there was another thing about the SA that Dad didn’t talk about much. Dad, like most soldiers, were young men far from home, missing loved ones and probably scared. The SA provided counsel and comfort for the lonely and anxious servicemen.
My father has gone to his reward, but to honor his memory, I still give to the SA. A good charity. Good people.
And as far as I know, when the SA provides assistance, it doesn’t ask what your sexual orientation is.
Same here! Dad said the Red Cross even charged them for a simple cup of coffee. He had no use for them.
After Hurricane Agnes, water was up to our roof. We lost everything. The Red Cross came in and offered us all we needed - at top dollar. They said they'd set us up with an account. My parents just lost everything, and even the place my dad worked was under water!
The Salvation Army came in, and gave us everything we needed for free - even toys and new underwear for us kids. They supplied us with furniture, bedding and anything else we needed to get by.
From that point on, my family has always supported the Salvation Army. Without them, who knows what would have happened to us. Mom and dad had 6 kids to feed and care for, too!
I can vouch for your father being right about the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. After the Battle of Guam, where almost 8,000 Americans were killed or wounded my uncle came ashore with the US Navy. The Red Cross was already there, SELLING donuts to GIs. He never had any use for the Red Cross. He always said the Salvation Army was the best charity in the world. The Red Cross did great things after Katrina also.
My Dad felt the exact same way. As I child, I was NOT allowed to contribute to the Red Cross but we were ALWAYS encouraged to donate to the Salvation Army. I always donate to the Salvation Army - they’re a VERY good charity.