Fight for Good series: Man vs. stroke

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Poverty is an everyday battle. People experiencing poverty are not without hope – their lives are just harder than they should be. But, The Salvation Army is helping to make their lives a little easier, thanks to your gifts of time and money. The Fight for Good series aims to show how by following individuals through one of their daily poverty battles. Here is one such example.

Man vs. Stroke

Jerry suffered a stroke at just 53 years old. He’d spent months in therapy, unable to work. Eventually, he was forced to make a decision: pay his medical bills, or pay his rent.

Jerry chose to pay his medical bills so that he could continue with therapy. His treatments were successful enough that, eventually, his doctor cleared him to return to work. But by then, Jerry was facing an eviction.

With no place left to turn, Jerry called The Salvation Army. One of our social workers used Salvation Army funds to pay the minimum amount required to prevent Jerry from being left alone on the street. Soon afterward, Jerry returned to work and received his first paycheck. He made it after that.

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Thankfully, there’s an Army – made up of people just like you – that seeks to start seeing the poverty that has always existed around them.

If you desire to do something good, to further a cause you care about, to join the battle against poverty – here are three simple ways to join us in the fight for good:

  1. Donate at a red kettle or online. Fight poverty one dollar and one coin at a time by giving each time you pass a red kettle (later this month), or support your local Salvation Army through an online donation.
  2. Become a volunteer bell ringer. Join the fight against poverty by giving your time as a red kettle bell ringer. Kettles with volunteer ringers raise double the amount of funds that support our poverty-fighting programs.
  3. Recruit your own army. The fight for good needs soldiers. Recruit others to join the fight for good by setting up a fundraiser and sharing your passion for helping others on

Read the other nine Fight for Good stories in this series.

The scenario described above is about a real person helped by The Salvation Army Northern Division. Names were changed to protect the individual’s privacy.

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