Desperate Times equal Desperate Measures for Some

TORONTO, Nov. 18 /CNW/ - Desperate times equal desperate measures, says, Captain John Murray of The Salvation Army as reports of a "Salvation Army Santa", an unauthorized individual going door-to-door trying to collect donations in North York, Ontario has been reported. "In tough economic times, people will resort to all means of trying to make a buck and some prey on the kindness of unsuspecting individuals in our community." As the Christmas fundraising season approaches, The Salvation Army would like to remind the public of its donation solicitation guidelines.

The Salvation Army solicits donations through its direct mail program, Santa Shuffle Family fun run and the iconic Christmas Kettles located in shopping malls and stores across the GTA. Donations are also accepted on-line at or at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. The Salvation Army is also using an out-bound call program this holiday season to connect with its supporters across the GTA and Eastern Ontario. Individuals are not authorized to solicit donations door to door for, or on behalf of The Salvation Army. If you are solicited at your door please DO NOT DONATE, as this is not an authorized request. Instead direct your gift to a local Christmas Kettle or donate on-line at

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international faith-based organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest nongovernmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and 118 countries around the world. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

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SOURCE The Salvation Army - Ontario Central Division

For further information: For further information: Captain John P. Murray, APR, Spokesperson, Ontario Central East Division, Mobile: (416) 998-0117,

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