November 15, 2007 11:59 ET

Canada Post Plays Santa for The Salvation Army

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2007) - When it comes to holiday gift-giving, Canada Post is once again helping those in need. For the seventh consecutive year, Canada Post will present The Salvation Army with a donation of $25,000. The funds this year will be allocated to The Salvation Army's Suicide Prevention Ministry.

Christmas dinners, toys, blankets, winter boots and snowsuits for children, mats for a Vancouver shelter, educational supplies for a Montreal shelter and beds for a hospice in Calgary. Over the years, Canada Post's partnership has enabled The Salvation Army to provide the Christmas spirit, in thought and action, for many less-fortunate Canadians across the country. This year, following the company's commitment to Mental Health as its cause of choice, the donation will be used to bring much need support to The Suicide Prevention (SP) Ministry, run out of Hamilton, Ontario.

This vital but "silent ministry" works behind the scenes to intervene in the most extreme crisis situations. The Hamilton office is one of only two SP Ministries in the entire country and the need is greater than ever before. In 2006, the office responded to more than 3,400 calls. Though located in Hamilton, the office fields calls from many areas - in recent weeks they have received calls from Burlington, Kitchener, London and the GTA through to Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and even Baltimore MA, Tonawanda NY and Phoenix AZ.

"Experts agree that the holiday period can be a very difficult time for many people," said Colonel Glen Shepherd, chief secretary for The Salvation Army, Canada and Bermuda Territory. Canada Post's support will ensure that The Suicide Prevention Ministry will continue and that people will have access to the help, care and support they need to deal and cope with this difficult time. Our deepest and heartfelt thanks to Canada Post for once again helping is to give hope to the vulnerable this Christmas season."

"Canada Post is about connecting people, particularly during the holiday season," says Moya Greene, president and CEO of Canada Post. "And it is through the support of initiatives and programs exactly like The Salvation Army's Suicide Prevention Ministry that we hope to bring a greater awareness of this important and far-reaching issue to the public. The holidays are a time of family, friends and comfort for most of us, but it can also be a time of great challenge for many. Canada Post's support for The Salvation Army's Suicide Prevention Ministry is another way we hope to change the landscape of mental health awareness in Canada."

Canadian families who wish to ensure The Salvation Army reaches even more families in need will have an additional opportunity to help. Using Canada Post's online Ship-in-a-clickTM service, Canadians can send a gift, free of charge, to a family in their region. In keeping with the spirit of the season, Canada Post will waive all shipping fees for holiday donations and gifts sent to The Salvation Army's distribution centres. Gifts will be distributed, regionally, by The Salvation Army where the need is greatest. Ship-in-a-click allows Canadians to calculate and pay for postage and print shipping labels from the comfort of their own homes, making sending as convenient as possible for the holiday season or any other season. After affixing the label, packages can be placed in any Canada Post mailbox or brought to any post office.

"The holidays are the season of family get-togethers, of gifts wrapped in shiny paper, fancy decorations and twinkling lights. And Canada Post, as Santa's preferred partner, ensures the smooth delivery of the season-from parcels of all sizes to greeting cards," said Louis O'Brien, senior vice-president, Parcels. "Canada Post's ongoing support of The Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal symbolizes our commitment to the communities we work and live in. And this new partnership will allow Canadians to share the spirit of the holidays with others who know the joy of sharing the spirit of the season."

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