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.
Once upon a time many years ago there was a mom of three young boys who couldn’t afford to give her children the wonderful Christmas they dreamed of. This continued for many years until the young mother was able to get out of an abusive relationship and back on her feet. During these times of hardship, some heroes emerged to help bring some light to her otherwise dark world in the form of help during the holidays. That young woman was me before my youngest son was born, and if it weren’t for organizations like the Salvation Army and their Red Kettle Program, there would have been times that myself and my children would have gone without.
Fast forward to now, and I am an adamant supporter of giving of not only your money, but your time as well. Each year the boys and I choose children off the Salvation Army Angel Tree to purchase presents for, and tomorrow, I am headed off to volunteer at Toys for Tots with my oldest son. By setting a good example and teaching them the importance of giving, I hope to raise children who then grow up to spread good will and giving as they get older.
About the Salvation Army
Established in London 1865, the Salvation Army has been helping people across the world for 150 years, and in the United states for 130. In 2013, the Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 59,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers served nearly 30 million Americans in need. They help people in need regardless of sex, ethnicity or religion, a lesson we all can learn from.
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Program
First started by Captain McFee in 1891 with one loan kettle set up at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street in San Francisco, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program has evolved into a worldwide campaign with kettles now being found online and as far away as China. The funds gained through the donation to the Red Kettle around the world help provide the fund to serve over 30 million people in communities worldwide throughout the year.
Share your #RedKettleReason for Giving
This year, as part of the Salvation Army’s 124th National Red Kettle Campaign, everyone who gives is being encouraged to share their reason for giving on social media using the #RedKettleReason hashtag. When you donate and post using the hashtag, you can visit RedKettleReason.org to view your post and those of others to see the reason why others across America are giving!
This years Red Kettle Campaign officially launched on Thanksgiving Day, with a halftime show performance by Pit Bull at the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles game. This marked the 5th year of the Salvation Army’s musical partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, and since then, the Red Kettle programs have raised more than $1.8 billion that has been donated to programs in over 5,000 communities nationwide.
One third of the season’s donations occur during the last two days of the year, so there is still time to donate and announce your #RedKettleReason for giving online. Share with the world why you are dedicated to giving and helping those in need this holiday season! You can share your reason and even donate online today at RedKettleReason.org.