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Take the #LentChallenge with us!

For centuries Christians around the world have observed Lent in preparation for Easter as a way of drawing near and reflecting on Jesus’ death and resurrection and preparing themselves for baptism. This year we want to suggest adding a Lenten observance that’s a little more public. One where instead of – or in addition to – giving something up, you give something back.

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Salvation Army plants SEEDS of Hope for trafficking survivors in Las Vegas

We often hear how trafficking and prostitution concerns rise during large-scale events, like the World Cup. But Vegas has a non-stop, ‘World Cup’ culture every day, year after year.

It’s one of the 17 U.S. cities most likely to be a top destination for trafficking victims. No city wants to be on that list but the work of Stacey Cramer, The Salvation Army and its partners is trying to resolve that.

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Can a billboard affect an alcoholic’s recovery?

There it was. Every time one of the men walked out the entry door or looked out the front window of the Harbor Light Center in Denver, they could see it. It was impossible to miss.

It was a reminder of what they were battling every day to defeat. Some say it was a trigger that caused them to slip back into old ways.

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Kroger Stores are good neighbors

One of the most important players in the red kettle story are the stores. We simply couldn’t have a successful campaign without them. Ralphs is one of the many great Kroger stores that say yes to the kettle. But Christmas is also the stores’ busiest time of year too. Jose G. who manages a Ralphs grocery store in Pasadena told me that he puts on an additional 300 hours worth of staffing every week during the Christmas season just to meet the demand. Now that’s busy.

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Mattel offers discount for Angel Tree shoppers!

One of the companies who makes stuff every kid wants under the tree is working with us this year to help spread maximum Christmas cheer: Mattel! They’re offering Angel Tree donors 25% online purchases at their and stores and 30% if you purchase from one of their brick and mortar stores until December 15.

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Coca-Cola & Walmart #ShareHappiness with The Salvation Army

Walmart is supporting Coca-Cola’s efforts to give all families an opportunity to come together around the dinner table this holiday season. The partnership will include a generous donation to The Salvation Army to provide meals to families in need and we are SO grateful! Every photo customers share on social media of their family enjoying a meal with Coca-Cola using #GiveHappiness will support their e­fforts.

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DipJar provides cashless complement to the traditional red kettle

I love the red kettles because of what they mean. They are a potent symbol of Christmas giving and caring as well as a gentle reminder that our neighbors often need help making ends meet this time of year. But what about those of us who never carry any cash? How can we get stay involved in kettle giving too?An East Coast company has a pretty ingenious answer: it’s called DipJar.

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Do you have a fan of America’s Team on your Christmas list?

This Christmas season, the Dallas Cowboys have added some offerings to their retail pro shop – brick and mortar stores and online – which directly benefit The Salvation Army. Here’s how it works: when you purchase anything at the Dallas Cowboys retail pro shop in person or online at you can add a $1, $2 or $3 gift for The Salvation Army to your order during the month of December.

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Point of Sale program allows customers to care for their neighbors

Last week we featured a story here about the retail partners who say yes to our iconic red kettle. We’ll be forever grateful to them for their kindness to us and the people we serve. But what about the companies who have a “no solicitation” or other policy which will not permit them to welcome our kettles but still want to do good?

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This Friday is Realtor Ring Day across the US

Realtor Ring Day 2015 is happening this Friday, December 4 and we’re excited! It’s the day when real estate pros from around the US volunteer en-masse to staff as many of our red kettles as they can to raise money to care for their neighbors in need through The Salvation Army.

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Shop these red kettle retailers early and often this holiday season

A partner is someone who stands by your side when times are tough and when they’re not. A partner supports you, holds you to a high standard, and shares your values. They do the hard work of caring. The list below is full of retail partners who do exactly that for us and we hope they’d say we do it for them too.

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Books for everyone on your Christmas list!

Are you looking for some good gifts for the readers on your Christmas list? This year, The Salvation Army’s Frontier Press has a few offerings that might be just the thing: The Christmas Gecko, IRIS, and We Hear the Angels: Ancient Prayers for Advent.

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