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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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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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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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Find a National Donut Day event in the Western US!

Next week is a major holiday we observe here at The Salvation Army in the US. It’s not a religious holiday imbued with deep meaning and eternal significance. No, it’s National Donut Day on Friday June 5th.

Because, donuts.

In keeping with our tradition to honor this fine day by revering our nation’s veterans and eating donuts (surprise!), here’s a list of activities that are open to the public so you can make this holiday part of your life too!

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Buddy the hero dog needs your vote

Buddy Rizzo is a handsome Golden Retriever and he’s in the running for the 2015 Hero Dog Awards. So, why are we talking about this good boy on a Salvation Army blog? Because among the many things he’s done to care for his community, he was an assistant bellringer at our iconic red kettle in Grass Valley, California!

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Salvation Army helps give free van service to isolated seniors

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), being isolated is just as dangerous as smoking and even more harmful than being obese. Given those dire predictions for isolated elders, what’s the Director of a Senior Center in a town with no public transportation to do? For Charlie Petersen, director of The Salvation Army’s local unit in Wickenburg, AZ, the answer is all about partnerships.

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YouTube talents encourage donors to give to The Salvation Army

I grabbed this story from The Salvation Army USA blog with their permission. It was written by the lovely Jackie Renard. This year’s Rock the Red Kettle Concert was incredible! We were blessed to have talented artists such as Shawn Mendes, Becky G, R5, Bea Miller, Exist Elsewhere, and Josh Levi grace the stage in […]

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Do Gooders across the US share their #SalvationArmy #RedKettleReason

If you’re active in social media, you’ve probably seen a lot about The Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason campaign this year. We’re asking the millions of do gooders who support our Army to tell us why they give. So far, more than 62,000 #RedKettleReasons have been shared. Add your voice to the conversation by visiting! To […]

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Jamberry Nails employees present The Salvation Army with a big, fat check!

Food 4 Less, Rancho San Miguel Markets & Jamberry Nails: 3 companies with <3

Like people, companies have values. And they often have hearts too. Two grocery stores and one beauty product company decided that they could do some good this Christmas season for people in need by going a little above and beyond. PAQ Inc. Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Markets are long-time supporters of our traditional […]

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Ultra-endurance athlete Jason P Lester runs to support Christmas for kids

Jason P. Lester is an not just an elite athlete, he’s an ultra-endurance athlete. To give you a sense of what that means, he just ran 2,600 miles across the Great Wall of China in 83 days! He’s using his incredible training and stamina for good by running non-stop run for 72-plus hours to raise […]

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