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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.mattel.com and fisher-price.com stores and 30% if you purchase from one of their brick and mortar stores until December 15.
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.
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.
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 http://shop.dallascowboys.com/ you can add a $1, $2 or $3 gift for The Salvation Army to your order during the month of December.
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?
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.
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.