Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Enrique Iglesias will perform at today's 15th Annual Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff!

Tune in for the 15th Annual Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys football game Thanksgiving Day!

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Sealy Gives Shelters the Gift of Sleep

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Popular bedding manufacturer Stearns & Foster, owned by Sealy, is helping residents at Salvation Army shelters sleep comfortably thanks to their Gift of Sleep holiday program.

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Virtual Bell Ringer Raises $28,000 for Salvation Army

Monday, November 21, 2011
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Congratulations to Nick Pepperworth of Anchorage, AK, the winner of our Online Red Kettle Contest! Nick was able to collect donations from more individual donors than anyone else…

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Thursday and Friday: jcpenney will give generously with your help!

Monday, November 21, 2011
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In support of The Salvation Army’s mission to serve those in need, jcpenney will donate $500,000 over Thanksgiving weekend with your help.

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Minnesota Bell Ringer Breaks World Record

Friday, November 18, 2011

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and Jeff “Jingle-Jangle” Olsen, of St. Paul, Minnesota is hardcore rockin’ his red kettle for The Salvation Army. The local broadcaster of KOOL 108 FM and Salvation Army volunteer is currently in first place at www.onlineredkettle.org, with a whopping $24,786.84 raised in donations so far!

Nearly a third of this amount was given by an anonymous donor who attended the Twin Cities Kettle Kickoff Event and handed Jeff a check for $8,000.

Check out Jeff Olsen’s KOOL Kettle online.

If that’s not enough, Jeff set a new world record for nonstop bell ringing for 30 hours straight outside of a local grocery store! Bear in mind, we’re talking about Minnesota in November here, folks.

“[It] is the least I can do for an organization that spends 365 days and nights insuring that the most vulnerable people in my community find comfort in a time of need. It is my hope that anyone who feels as blessed as me will use my record-breaking stunt as inspiration to volunteer or make a donation to The Salvation Army this holiday season. The need has never been greater.”, Olsen said on www.Kool108.com.

We’re absolutely amazed at the love and dedication of our supporters across the country. The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign funds the many amazing programs that help millions in need throughout the year: feeding the hungry, providing Christmas joy for disadvantaged children, and blessing families in need.

Do you think you can beat Jeff’s online red kettle? Virtual bell ringer Nick Pepperworth is currently in second place at $17,725. Check out the top ten kettles and start your own by visiting www.OnlineRedKettle.org!

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A Special Message from Honor Society

Friday, November 18, 2011

The hit band is gearing up for The Salvation Army’s first ever Rock the Red Kettle Tour in support of The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettle tradition. The tour kicks off in Orlando, FL on November 26.

Along with performing hits from their latest album, A Tale of Risky Business, Pt. 2, the guys behind the band want to encourage their fans to volunteer in their communities and to give back to those less fortunate. The band’s message is no surprise: the guys are philanthropists themselves and big fans of giving back.

To RSVP to an event or to purchase tickets, please visit the band’s Events page on Facebook found here.

Click here for the complete list of shows.

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Hanes Donates Generously to Salvation Army

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Socks – they seem so basic. Can you even fathom being without them? The reality is, many people are without this necessity. Guest blogger Brooke Newsome brought this need to light a few weeks ago in her touching story called Remember the Socks.

Thanks to the generosity of Hanes – the country’s #1 sock brand – The Salvation Army is helping to fill the need. Today, Hanes launched their 3rd Annual Virtual Sock Drive – and they can’t do it without your help.

From now until December 22, for each visitor that clicks ‘Donate Now’ on the Hanes’ Facebook Page, Hanes will donate a pair of socks to The Salvation Army to distribute. With your help, the generous company will give up to 250,000 pairs of socks to those in need this Christmas!

Two clicks and you’ve warmed some feet! Click Here to get started.

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In promotion of the virtual fundraiser, The Salvation Army’s Western Territory teamed up with Hanes November 4 to distribute socks and food to people in Los Angeles on Skid Row. You can see pictures from the event on the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog by clicking here.

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Video: Holiday Giving with Square

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Check out this video from a bell ringer in San Francisco collecting a donation via Square! The new mobile payments technology allows bell ringers at Salvation Army red kettles to accept credit card donations using smartphones. Starting today, the Squares are being tested at 10 locations in Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York via donated phones from Sprint.

In an increasingly cashless society, The Salvation Army hopes this new method of giving will make it that much easier for donors to support The Salvation Army’s efforts serving 30 million Americans each year.

Click Here to view the official press release.

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Introducing Digital Donating with Square Technology

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Salvation Army is accepting mobile credit card donations via smartphones equipped with Square technology at its Red Kettles in select cities.

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Happy National Philanthropy Day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Today is National Philanthropy Day and as such, The Salvation Army would like to thank you for all that you do to make our work possible! We couldn’t serve others without our faithful volunteers and generous donors. The love and commitment of our supporters is evidenced every day. 25,000 volunteers give up their valuable time to ring bells at our Christmas kettles at this time each year. Our supporters, not thinking twice about it, drop extra change in the red kettles outside of the grocery store every day throughout the holiday season. We raised $142 million for the poor from red kettle collections last year alone!

We just couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for your support and dedication that helps us serve millions in need across the globe.

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