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As the holiday season begins to wind down, the red kettle bells will go silent for another year. When I see the red kettle and hear those bells I get an immediate feeling for the season, but what most people probably don’t give a second thought to, is the difference a single donation can make. Did you know that last year alone more than 4 million families and children were served during the holidays, with more than 58 million meals served to the needy?
"Salvation Army’s Red Kettle helps the Salvation bring the spirit of Christmas to those who would otherwise be forgotten all year long."
The red kettle is a reminder. A reminder that we can do some good this holiday season and a reminder that some of us are struggling this season. I love that the red kettle allows me to open up the dialog with my children about the season; a season which is supposed to be about giving. When we hear those bells ringing and my children ask in curiosity about the kettle, I take a moment to explain. I explain that not everyone will have a Christmas dinner, not every little boy or girl will wake up with presents under the tree. But we can make a difference with a simple donation. My children now see that red kettle as a kettle of hope, a kettle they love to place donations into.
This year the Salvation Army‘s 124th National Red Kettle campaign is encouraging Americans to share their reasons for giving using #RedKettleReason.
Did you know?
- Donors who post using #RedKettleReason can view their posts and others on RedKettleReason.org and learn why the rest of America is giving.
- One-third of online donations occur during the last two days of the year.
- Anyone can become a virtual bell ringer and raise money for their local communities by creating an online Red Kettle at onlineredkettle.org.
- Donors can text the word “KETTLE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the campaign.
What’s your #RedKettleReason?
Don’t forget to share it on RedKettleReason.org. And while you’re there you can also check out the. Interactive mosaic, and a map showing the conversations that are happening on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even YouTube.
There is still time to make your tax deductible donation count. And even when the Red Kettle season is over, please keep-in-mind that the Salvation Army doesn’t stop helping, and there are still many ways for you to give throughout the year. For additional information on how to make a donation or what you can do to help please visit RedKettleReason.org