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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”.
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.
Created by an artist named Pippa Garner, nee Philip Vincent Garner, the Russian matryoshka dolls in this stunning ad depict a traditional Christmas story. There’s Jesus, the savior whose birth we celebrate. And Santa Claus who brings gifts for the children. But there are also three Salvation Army officers who make sure Christ is honored and needs are met in His name.
We’ve got some thank yous to make! Every year about this time, all the number crunching has been completed and we’re able to share the results of our recent Red Kettle Campaign.
Now, many of our local Salvation Army officers are making the rounds to thank their faithful volunteers who make Christmas possible for so many folks in need in their communities. Lt. Mark Stearns in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently had a big thank you to make to a Rotary Club that’s been raising money at the red kettles for 50 years!
Earl Stevens – better known to the fans of his more than 20 albums as E-40 – was in his hometown of Vallejo, California on Christmas Eve. He visited The Salvation Army to help distribute bikes and make a significant financial gift of $10,000!
The Salvation Army was born in 1865 in London so our UK colleagues have had many years of experience serving the locals. In typical Army fashion, they went where people in need could be found and rendered a sweet service yesterday: a band played Christmas carols with vocalists from the Royal College of Music wearing Victorian costume to entertain weary, stressed travelers at Heathrow Airport!
Over the years, many of our good friends in the film, television, music, and sports worlds have lent us their recognizable voices to record radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs). Have a listen to some of the PSAs recently uploaded to the SADropbox website by Josh Cowing in our MultiMedia Ministries department.
Tis the season to be merry and give thanks! During this wonderful time of year, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for all of The Salvation Army’s corporate partners who continue to support our mission each year.