I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
No matter who we are, I hope that we are always looking for ways to give to others. It used to be in my mind that I didn’t have enough to give. Not enough money, time, talent. It took me years to figure out that one small act of kindness by a million people can truly change the world.
I LOVE The Salvation Army and their heart to give to others and this year they are celebrating their 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign! That is a huge achievement!
The Salvation Army is one of the oldest and largest providers of Social Services. Originally established in London in 1865, The Salvation Army has been around internationally for 150 years and in the United States for 130 years! Organizations like this do not last that long unless they are truly blessed and accountable.
The Salvation Army’s mission call is this:
To meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, age, creed or religion.
That my friend is why God blesses them. They are not caught up in political correctness nor are they caught up in pleasing man, but they are in the business of pleasing God.
I used to walk by the Red Kettle with their friendly smiles. Of course I always smiled and said Merry Christmas, but I would wonder “who are these people?” Can I trust them if I put money in that Red Kettle? Will it really go to the needs of the community? So I did not give.
Then one year as I was walking by, when my kids were younger, one of my kids asked about these bell ringing kettle people. We began to talk about what these people were doing. Why they never “asked” for money nor approached others and begged. We talked about how friendly they were and how the money went to help others less fortunate.
I began to realize that I was missing my own opportunity to help our community by giving just a little of what I had. I was also missing the opportunity for teaching my kids to be giving…to teach them that what little we gave amounted to something BIG in God’s eyes and amounted to something BIG when everyone gave a little!
Some of the ways that The Salvation Army ministers to others in the community are ~
Helping the homeless, abused and disadvantaged. Such as human trafficking!
Thrift Stores across the country… You know me and Thrift Stores, especially when the proceeds are going to a great cause!
In these last few days of the year, I would like to encourage you to keep on giving to others. The spirit of Christmas Giving should not stop after December 25th. Let your heart be big and give the whole year with The Salvation Army. Your donation right now is tax deductible too!
If you are on the fence about giving, here are some more facts about how The Salvation Army helped others in 2014:
- The Salvation Army served more than 58 million meals to the needy.
- 204,000 people received rehabilitation services through donations to Family Stores.
- Over 203,000 underprivileged children attended day care and summer day camps.
- The Army provided nearly 10 million nights of shelter.
- 324,000 people received help during times of disaster.
- More than 4 million families and children were served during the holidays.
- More than 1.8 million people received help through senior, medical and institutional
Donate today. Donors who post using #RedKettleReason can view their posts and others on RedKettleReason.org and learn why the rest of America is giving. This is such a cool way to see why others are giving! Check it out!
Blessings to you this coming year.