Celebrating #GivingTuesday: Your Heart Makes All the Difference
Posted by Megan Gandee on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
After a day of thanksgiving and multiple days dedicated to consuming, it’s officially #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving and celebrating the spirit that makes Christmas oh-so special.
With the holiday season five days shorter than last year, we hope supporters will consider donating time, money or services to The Salvation Army to help us serve millions of Americans in need this Christmas and throughout 2014.
Every year, The Salvation Army helps nearly 30 million people in the United States – roughly one person every second. Donations help provide over 10 million nights of shelter; roughly 58 million meals; and programming such as substance abuse recovery, after-school programs, and emergency shelter for children and families in need. And thanks to supporters, this holiday season nearly 4.2 million people will receive assistance with heat and utilities, warm meals, or toys for their children.
To get involved or give back via The Salvation Army this Giving Tuesday, donors can give to more than 25,000 bell ringers, become a virtual bell ringer by hosting an Online Red Kettle at www.OnlineRedKettle.org or donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign.
You can also donate online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. No matter how you choose to give, every penny of your donation will stay in your local community.
To those looking to donate time, there are a number of opportunities available from ringing a bell to sorting toys and serving food. Visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to learn more and find a Salvation Army near you.
Brag about it!
We want to show off your good work! Take an “unselfie” – a “selfie” of you giving back in some way – and post it to Twitter, tagging @SalvationArmyUS and using the hashtag #unselfie. Throughout the day, we’ll share some of our favorite unselfies pictures.