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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Cast Your Vote: Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving” Campaign is Officially On!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving” empowers Facebook users to nominate The Salvation Army to receive part of a $1.5 million grant.

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Bell Ringer Performs for 36 Hours Straight

Monday, November 14, 2011

Volunteer bell ringer raises awareness and $2,500 in donations by playing euphonium at red kettle for 36 hours straight.

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Angel Giving Tree Online: Be Someone’s Santa this Christmas!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree Online campaign presented by jcpenney is in full swing! There are still thousands of angels waiting for you to adopt them this Christmas. What are you waiting for? Until December 13, you can ensure a very special Christmas morning to disadvantaged children, teens and seniors in need by adopting an angel online.

What’s even better this year: the newest online system allows you to specify your angel by zip code, city, state, age and gender. Click Here to be someone’s Santa!

On this Veterans Day, in honor of those who have and continue to serve, consider adopting a disadvantaged senior citizen this Christmas. There are many overlooked senior citizens who are either facing financial hardship or lack the family support system who would otherwise make Christmas special. We remember our Veterans in need – many of whom are struggling to provide for themselves – and we hope you’ll help provide joy and love for these deserving folks this Christmas.

jcpenney is creating even more incentive to join in this effort! Creating awareness of the importance of providing Christmas to the less fortunate, jcpenney is leveraging Black Friday weekend. Here are the details:

On Thanksgiving Day, jcpenney will donate $50 to The Salvation Army, up to $400,000 for every angel adopted online – giving customers another reason to take advantage of online Black Friday specials at www.jcp.com.

On Black Friday, jcpenney will donate $25 to The Salvation Army, up to $100,000, for every customer who uses Foursquare to check-in to a jcpenney store between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m. Don’t know what Foursquare is? Click Here to sign up!

For over 40 years, jcpenney has generously helped The Salvation Army serve others in need at Christmastime. With your help, we could reach our goal of raising an additional $500,000 to be given to others in need. How awesome is that?

To adopt your angel today, please visit www.jcp.com/angel. For more information on The Salvation Army, please visit our national site at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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