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.
What goes through your mind when you see that red kettle and that person standing next to it ringing the bell? For me…it breaks my heart to think there’s people in the world that has nothing. No matter how hard they try, just living day to day doesn’t come easy for. I especially feel for the children who may be going hungry right now. I am a supporter and am sharing our family’s Salvation Army Red Kettle Reason. What’s yours?
Did you know that the Salvation Army has been helping people in the USA for 130 years? Last year, the Army served nearly 30 million Americans in need. That’s almost one person, every second, every day. AND…just this year, they launched RedKettleReason.org, which is an interactive website that asks Americans to share their reasons for giving and using the hashtag #RedKettleReason. What a wonderful idea!
In 2013, through giving people like us, in the United States alone:
- The Salvation Army served 58 million meals to the needy.
- Over 203,000 underprivileged children attended day care and summer 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.
- and the list goes on.
Sharing Our Red Kettle Reason!
Here’s a few tips of my own, and one that I was excited to do just last week. I found a dime on the ground and immediately thought to ask Brody to drop it in the kettle as we walked by. He loved the idea! I’ve also vowed to let Brody drop money in the red kettle EVERY TIME we walk by one. A dollar here and a dollar there will matter and will make a difference…and more so, will help my son learn better about giving to others.
This is my 3rd or 4th post to write about “giving back”, which seems to be on the public’s mind more so this year than I’ve seen in the past. There’s a message to all of us here that giving to others is a need in the USA alone and that with our help, we can help change a life. What’s your Red Kettle Reason? I’d love to read it in a comment below!
Here’s Brody and I giving new bears to the Justin Police Station in Justin, TX. I was so hoping that the police officer would tell me that they don’t need them….but she knew exactly what they were for, and immediately said she needed them. For the ones that don’t know – sometimes police have to pick up children from their homes on a moments notice and the children can’t take anything with them. These bears are pure comfort to them when such tragedy happens. This picture was taken just this morning. I’m glad I finally decided to put these bears to good use.