Saturday, November 5, 2011
Last week we posted about the Online Red Kettle – one of the newest developments from The Salvation Army that makes is easy for anyone to ‘ring the…
Last week we posted about the Online Red Kettle – one of the newest developments from The Salvation Army that makes is easy for anyone to ‘ring the…
After hours of build up, we are proud to announce that our featured performer for our 15th annual Red Kettle Kickoff is acclaimed pop artist Enrique Iglesias!
Performing at the Dallas Cowboys halftime show on Thanksgiving Day, Enrique is helping us “kick off” the 120th anniversary of the Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. So not only do you get to watch the Cowboys battle the Miami Dolphins, you’ll get to dance off that turkey dinner while Enrique lights up the stage! You won’t want to miss hits from his Euphoria tour, including his newest song about giving back!
“This is a great opportunity – to spend Thanksgiving in Dallas where music, football and helping others truly comes together,” said Enrique.
Fans also have the opportunity to see this entire event LIVE entering our virtual bell ringer contest! You could win an all expenses paid trip to Dallas for the big game and kettle kickoff. All you have to do is sign up as a virtual bell ringer with The Salvation Army Online Red Kettle campaign! The person who collects the highest number of donors to give to their individual kettle will be eligible to win! Visit www.onlineredkettle.org to get started today. Don’t wait too long! The contest ends November 18.
After you’ve counted your blessings and eaten turkey to your heart’s content, help us bring in the Christmas season in style by watching the big game and The Salvation Army kettle kickoff halftime show beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST airing on FOX!
Click Here for our official press release.
Salvation Army red kettles will soon be set up across the country for the holiday season. With over 25,000 collection kettles set up across the country, it’s hard to miss the iconic sights and sounds of a Salvation Army bell ringer outside of your local grocer. Those faithful, sometimes very cold volunteers make The Salvation Army’s work possible. Last year alone we raised $142 million for the poor – all from red kettle collections!
This year, we’re making it as easy as ever for you to spread joy and help others this Christmas.
We’re excited to introduce the latest Salvation Army development: the online red kettle! The new online kettle system allows you to set up your own personal kettle and ring a virtual bell via email and social networking – all from home!
Once you register at www.onlineredkettle.org, you can start an individual, company or team kettle campaign and begin collecting donations from family and friends. Those interested in joining your kettle group can search for your name on the home page. It’s as simple as registering online!
All of the donations that you collect in your kettle will help feed hungry families, provide presents for needy children, heat the homes of struggling senior citizens, and bless millions in need. You can even track your progress and start a little friendly competition– all donations are in real time. Click here to get started.
Join thousands of ringers across the country by becoming a virtual bell ringer today! Your kettle is waiting – visit www.onlineredkettle.org to start spreading the joy! To learn more about how your collections will benefit those in need, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
Sam’s Club, a well-known retail warehouse club with locations nationwide, is a long-standing supporter of The Salvation Army and once again, they generously put forth their efforts at a local level to help us raise money.
For the last couple months, more than 150 of the participating clubs in the western division teamed up with their communities to support The Salvation Army- and they raised a whopping $488,383!
Fundraising methods varied by location but the creative juices were certainly flowing. Among the most inventive were on-site movie nights, bowling tournaments, garage sales, cookouts, dunk tanks, car shows, silent auctions, and bake sales. One location even built a jail cell that motivated managers to raise $50 to bail out their own employees!
Although the fundraising methods differed, you can be sure that every event took place on location.
After the campaign ended, Sam’s Club employees wanted to celebrate their efforts. Participants traveled from all over the western region to meet in Kansas City for a volleyball tournament. Players received coaching from special guest Misty Mae Treanor, Olympic gold medalist volleyball champ.
Tom Becka of KFAB will broadcast his 4-7pm (CST) radio show live from Loft 610 in Midtown Crossing on Monday (June 27) as a fundraiser for Salvation Army flood relief. The restaurant is located at 220 S. 31st Ave, Omaha, Nebraska.
The public is invited to stop by and help fill sandbags with donations for The Salvation Army’s work to help flood victims in the metro Omaha/Council Bluffs area or to listen to KFAB for details on how to donate. The goal is to fill 200 sandbags or “moneybags” with money that day. Of every dollar donated to the fund, 100% goes to the flood relief operation.
Becka’s live on-location show will feature calls from listeners as well as interviews with Salvation Army emergency disaster services representatives and Divisional Commander Major Paul Smith.
“The Salvation Army is often the last to leave the scene of a disaster and becomes involved in long-term recovery even after the threat is past,” said Smith.
Salvation Army Red Kettles Not Just for the Holidays
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles, usually associated with bell ringing and the holidays, are making their summer debut at more than 140 sites in Omaha and surrounding communities (including Bellevue, Carter Lake, Elkhorn, LaVista, Papillion and Ralston).
Among the many places where the countertop red kettles can be found are all locations for Hy-Vee, American National Bank, Blimpie’s, Fantasy’s, Little King, Security National Bank, Starbuck’s, Wheatfield’s and Cubby’s in the Old Market. For more locations where you can donate, go online to www.givesalvationarmy.org. Donations to the kettles will be used 100 percent for flood relief in Omaha‘s metro area.
Cleanup Kits Needed
Hy-Vee has joined with Action News 3, Journal Broadcast Radio and The Salvation Army in an on-going campaign to provide clean-up kit supplies to flood victims. The public is invited to donate new supplies for the kits. Supplies needed include buckets, rubber gloves, disinfectant, brushes, brooms, mops, bottled water and safety goggles.
Donations may be dropped off at any Omaha Fire Station, Action News 3, 10714 Mockingbird Drive; Journal Broadcast Radio, 5030 N 72 Street; or The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming Street.
The kits are being given to flood victims by The Salvation Army for businesses and homes in Omaha’s metro area.
Volunteers Needed for Mobile Feeding Units
The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center has been active since Memorial Day deploying mobile feeding units to feed and hydrate emergency workers who are monitoring flood activities along the Missouri River daily. Since May 30, more than 21,000 people have been served.
Volunteers are needed. If you would like to help with the mobile feeding unit, contact Ginger Noel at the Kroc Center, 402.905.3519 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other volunteer opportunities, contact Kay Weinstein at 402.898.6000 or email@example.com.
To donate to The Salvation Army’s flood response in South Dakota, Iowa or Nebraska visit givesalvationarmy.org, call 800-SAL-ARMY or mail a check to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming Street, Omaha NE 68131. Be sure to designate your donation to “Flood Relief.”
Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
We need your help!
USA TODAY has launched the “#KindnessChallenge,” a Twitter campaign for charity. The top charity tweet-getters with the most creative ideas or goals from fans about how they’re supporting their favorite nonprofits will be featured in a story in USA TODAY.
Will you show your support for The Salvation Army? There’s only a few hours left – you have until 6pm ET tonight (Feb 18) – but here’s what you can do:
Finish the following sentence on Twitter:
“My #USATODAY #KindnessChallenge goal is to help (insert full name of charity or that charity’s twitter handle)….”
To support us, tweet:
“My #USATODAY #KindnessChallenge goal is to help @SalvationArmyUS …” and then let the world know what you plan to do! Need a few ideas? How about:
“…feed the hungry by donating food from my community garden.”
“…raise funds be recruiting all my friends to ring at Christmas Red Kettles.”
“…by shopping only at their Thrift Stores for a month.”
Get creative, and you can even have your friends retweet your messages.
For the complete list of rules, visit USA Today’s Kindness Blog here.
Thanks for Tweeting!
Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS
Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of Christmas has to be. Today we’re sharing with you stories of many ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to give back to those in need. If you ever think that you don’t know what you can do to foster change, we hope you’ll be encouraged by these stories of individuals of all different ages and means who find creative ways to help others.
Lynn Smith (Photo: WAVE News)
A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY WISH
Lynn Smith of Kentucky has for years adopted angels through The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program. But this year, as she turns 50, she wanted to do something extra special – so Smith adopted 50 angels! She enlisted about 40 friends to help as their birthday present to her.
Mary Timmons was hesitant to take up bingo because she viewed it as gambling. However, she knew exactly what she wanted to do with the money. For the past six months, the 97-year-old has been saving all of her 50-cent bingo winnings in order to donate it to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle fundraiser. This December she dropped more than $40 in quarters into a Red Kettle outside her local Walmart.
Bob and Betty Haldeman (Photo: John Carrington/ Savannah Morning News)
For several years Bob and Betty Haldeman have created a winter wonderland of Christmas lights on their lawn (and the lawns of their neighbors) to be enjoyed by the public. They play Christmas music, serve free coffee and hot chocolate, and collect donations for The Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser. Over the past 12 years with their light display they’ve collected $50,000 for the campaign!
Dan and Denise Costa of Modesto, CA have volunteered with The Salvation Army since the 1970’s. They were instrumental in creating the annual “Thanks-For-Giving” event for people in need held at the Modesto convention center. Unlike a traditional food line, the event mirrors the experience of a 4-star, fine dining restaurant with linen table cloths, garnished tables, plated dinners, music and entertainment, games for kids, and full table service. Dan and Denise even write letters to the public and collection donations to fund the dinner so that it comes at no cost to The Salvation Army. More than 1,000 people enjoy “Thanks-For-Giving” each year.
SMALL COINS REAP BIG GAINS
The Salvation Army of Greensburg recently concluded its first ‘World’s Largest Kettle’ Campaign, a program aimed at filling the world’s largest Salvation Army kettle with 5.4 million pennies. While the program did not succeed at filling the entire kettle, $20,000 was raised in pennies in just one day. Donors to the program ranged from young children who contributed just a few pennies, to a man who had been saving pennies since 1963 and was looking for a special avenue to share those pennies. A local middle school had homerooms compete against each other and collected 963 pounds of pennies—an estimated $1,500.00. A local bartender collected more than 75 pounds of pennies from tips and other loose change left at the bar.
Salvation Army Captain Deborah Weigner dropped off 35 Angel Tree tags at the local Walmart in Corry, PA for shoppers to sponsor a child a need before Christmas. When she returned to the store another day, the service desk attendant informed her that every single child’s wish list had been taken care of. An anonymous Ohio business owner had come through the store and seen the tags. He took each one and employed the help of other shoppers to buy everything on the tags, stating “No child shall be left behind this Christmas.” He spent more than $1,400 to make sure that they would all have a merry Christmas.
For those of you who aren’t in the vicinity of Glendale, CA, we’re bringing Glendale to you. We’re streaming The Salvation Army’s inaugural Rock the Red Kettle Concert LIVE, starting tonight at 7pm PST/10pmEST.
The great thing about tuning in via live stream is it’s easy for young philanthropists to be involved! If you want to help bands like Honor Society, Ashlyne Huff, and New Hollow support our cause, you can simply click to donate while watching the show or use your phone to donate $10 by texting the word “GIVE” to 85944.
Enjoy the show tonight, and join the conversation below to let us know what you think:
Blizzard conditions have wreaked havoc across the Midwest since this weekend. By all indications, it’s BAD.
So bad that for the first time in history, The Salvation Army’s Northern Division has had to cancel bell ringing and pull Red Kettles from the streets and store fronts!
The unprecedented event even made the top headline on the national news website Drudge Report.
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The Northern Division, which covers Minnesota and North Dakota, is concerned the blizzard will put them significantly behind in fundraising, and they expect to be short $500,000 in the Twin Cities alone.
The loss of these funds will directly affect the work of The Salvation Army’s feeding programs, food pantries, homeless shelters and the countless other services they provide in Minnesota and North Dakota.
If you’d like to help The Salvation Army beat this blizzard, go to http://www.thesalarmy.org/cont/donate.htm to learn how to donate to The Salvation Army’s efforts in the Twin Cities and all across the country.
Thanks for your help!
If you’ve started to tackle your Christmas shopping, you’ve probably noticed our Salvation Army red kettles are out in full force. There’s going to be around 25,000 workers and volunteers this season collecting donations in front of your favorite stores.
This iconic tradition and vital fundraiser started in 1891 in San Francisco would not be the same without the generous support of the businesses who welcome Salvation Army bell ringers and kettles outside their doors.
Have you noticed that everyone you know recognizes a Salvation Army bell ringer and kettle? That’s because thanks to these businesses kindly sharing their space with us, we’ve been able to significantly raise awareness of need in your local community and our efforts to serve that need.
In fact, this broad visibility has contributed to The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign being known as one of the most enduring and recognizable fundraising campaigns ever.
As if that weren’t enough, many of these stores even match kettle donations or contribute their own!
Here at The Salvation Army we want to offer a huge THANK YOU to all the stores who welcome our red kettles. Thank you for believing in our cause and giving us the opportunity. We’re proud to partner with you in serving our communities.
Next time you see a kettle outside a store, we encourage you to let the business know how much you appreciate their support of The Salvation Army. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them!
Below is a list of our national store partners. This list is not exhaustive, as there are many more regional and local businesses who participate in our Red Kettle Campaign as well:
* Big Lots
* Hobby Lobby
* Sam’s Club
* Simon Malls