*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Tis’ the season, and the familiar red kettle rings for the holiday shoppers. Many of us see the kettles, but I would venture to guess that most of us seldom take pause and really think about the difference that their donations could make in the lives of 30 million people each year. That is an astounding number!
The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest and oldest providers of social services. Originally established in London in 1865, the Army has been helping people for nearly 150 years internationally and for more than 130 years in the United States.
They help in SO many ways. One simple way you can help is to donate clothing or other household goods. We take donations to their store almost weekly, and it feels good knowing that 204,000 people receive rehabilitation services thanks to Goodwill Stores! The Salvation Army has helped 203,000 underprivileged children attend day care and daytime summer camps. Other ways they help include helping people during disasters, and feeding families during the holidays.
The Salvation Army has 7,600 operation centers in just about every zip code in the U.S. This allows them to help people
The Salvation Army‘s 124th National Red Kettle campaign is encouraging Americans to share their reasons for giving using #RedKettleReason.
How you can help:
Did you know that you can also from the comfort of your own home? Here are a couple of easy ways:
~Become a virtual bell ringer and help to raise money for your local community by creating an Online Red Kettle at onlineredkettle.org.
~Text the word “KETTLE” to 80888 and you will make a $10 donation to support the #RedKettleReason campaign.
~Post using #RedKettleReason, then read posts by others (as well as your own) at RedKettleReason.org. It is fun to see why the rest of America is giving this holiday season. And while you are there, you can view the interactive mosaic, and also a map showing the conversations that are happening on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even YouTube.
When my husband and I were at the post office this morning, we saw one of the familiar kettles and I chatted with the bell ringer about the Red Kettle Reason for a bit. He was kind enough to let me take a picture, and I made a donation while I was there. You definitely can’t miss the kettles and I hope after learning about how much the Salvation Army helps, that you will take pause next time you are passing a red kettle, and make a donation (big or small). Every bit does help.
Our family is participating in the #RedKettleReason campaign this year, as we really have everything we need, and would rather help others. Instead of buying unneeded gifts for each other, our family has decided to help others that may not even have one gift. By donating each time (or almost every time), we are helping one or more families, and hopefully giving them a happy holiday season. It really makes me sad that some people are grateful for just clothing and necessities – not even the fun extras. It really is better to give than to receive, and I have taught my children this from a very young age.
Don’t forget that your donation is tax deductible, so now is a great time to help, while also taking advantage of an end-of-year deduction.