Articles by Kathy Lovin
For 123 years, The Salvation Army Red Kettle has been an important symbol of Christmas giving and a reminder that as long as there are people who lack the necessities of life, our Army will be here to help. Our donors surprise us every year by being even more generous than they were the previous year. Thank you for caring for your neighbors in need!
Every year the iconic red kettles are filled day after day during the holiday season by people who want to do good. Kettle donors say they want to feed their hungry neighbors, bring someone in from the cold, give a gift to a child whose parents can’t afford Christmas or one of many hundreds of reasons. What’s yours?
Like all giving to The Salvation Army, it’s all about local. That’s one of many things people like best about us.
When you put money in the kettle or respond to a fundraising email or letter, your gift stays in your community to care for people who struggling to make ends meet.
Every year we’re blown away by how radically generous people are with their neighbors in need at Christmas. Just yesterday we heard about a Chicago couple who had their dream Christmas-themed wedding. But not only do they get to spend the rest of their lives together, they celebrated their union by asking their guests show their love to others.
This Sunday November 16, Uplifting Television Entertainment (also called UPTV) will broadcast an original movie called “Paper Angels” which stars Matthew Settle from TV’s “Gossip Girl” and Josie Bissett, star of “Melrose Place”.
Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz and Washington Post editor Rajiv Chandrasekaren collaborated on a book that was released this week, just in time for Veterans Day, called “For Love of Country.” They found that 55% of Iraq veterans felt disconnected from civilian life when they returned from deployment. That’s because fewer than 1% of Americans served in Iraq or Afghanistan and most of the other 99% who didn’t were too busy with their own lives to notice when they came home.
According to the Weather Channel, hot, molten lava from the Kilauea volcano is slowing creeping toward 900 homes in the city of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Thankfully, Salvation Army personnel are already prepared to respond with food and water for displaced residents, emergency management workers and volunteers through the use of our mobile kitchen – called a “canteen.”
Unless you live in Seattle, you probably haven’t seen The Salvation Army latest advertising campaign. Instead of billboards, bus bench signs and mall kiosks asking you to financially support people struggling with hunger, addiction or homelessness, the ads are targeted specifically to people in crisis.
The Salvation Army is supporting 5,000 people with food since many who have recovered from Ebola often return home to find their possessions removed to ward off further infection. And teachers from The Salvation Army’s 12 schools in Liberia are being trained to provide Ebola awareness and hygiene education in the communities around the schools.
On October 16, people all over California will practice their “drop, cover and hold on” technique and turn their minds to the many things that can be done to prepare for earthquakes. Be a do-gooder and help a single mom or senior citizen in your neighborhood create an earthquake survival kit and safety plan!
After Alexandra moved to the US from the Czech Republic with her husband and daughter Sofia, things started to go bad between them. He was verbally abusive and told Alexandra that she couldn’t make it on her own. With The Salvation Army’s help, she did.
The Chicago Cubs didn’t end their 2014 season on top but in 1932 they played against the New York Yankees in the fall classic. During that fourth game one of the Cubs’ most ardent fans ended her own season.
Her name was Eliza Shirley.