An Unconventional Christmas Story

Thursday, December 23, 2010

One of the things I love most about Christmas is the many classic holiday tales that are told every year and yet never seem to get old. There’s Clement Clarke Moore’s poem Twas the Night Before Christmas, Dr. Seuss’ beloved How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and, if you want to count animated classics, those great TV specials featuring Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

This year I have a new favorite. It really isn’t a Christmas story at all, but it has all the makings of one, and best of all, it’s true.

In The Chicago Tribune, Rex Huppke admitted to having a “bah humbug” attitude when he hears the ringing of Salvation Army hand bells. More specifically, he said he’d like to “gather them up and throw them all into Lake Michigan.”

To make it worse, he made it his personal mission to “rid the world of unsolicited street ringing.” Who is this guy, the long lost cousin of the Grinch?

But as Huppke adamantly pursues his Scrooge-like quest against The Salvation Army, he has an epiphany that leads him to a complete change of heart. We might even say “it grew three sizes that day!”

We highly recommend you give the article a read. We’ve linked to it here. Even if you enjoy the sound of Salvation Army Bellringers, Huppke’s insight offers a poignant reminder of the purpose behind this holiday tradition.

Dream Drive Snapshots

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We’ve got pictures posted from the Fourth Annual Dream Drive for our Adopt-a-Family program. Below is just a sampling of the many photos you can find on our Flickr page.

Thanks to Sam’s Club, Off the Field professional football players’ wives went on a shopping spree to help make the holidays brighter for 100 families in need across the country. They filled up carts full of food, clothes, personal items, electronics and toys for each deserving family. Football players’ wives shopping for Salvation Army families this year included Roxi McNabb in Washington, DC, Dotti Palmer in Cincinnati, Denise Clark in Chicago and Kimberly Alexander in Dallas.

Thank you to all Off the Field participants and Sam’s Club for making this year’s Dream Drive come true!

Follow Us on Jumo

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have you heard of Jumo? It’s a new social networking site for charitable organizations and people who want to make a difference.

Jumo means “together in concert” in the West African language Yoruba. The site is named appropriately so because its purpose is to make it easy for you to connect with organizations and issues you care about, follow the latest updates, and support your favorite causes.

The Salvation Army USA already has our own page on Jumo here.

It’s great because it grabs our online social activity from the various reaches of the web, organizes them in this one stop shop, and then adds in a few links to related charities and projects Jumo thinks you’d like. It’s a virtual dashboard of philanthropy tailored to you.

So get connected and get involved with us on this social site for a cause! Whether your cause is homelessness or hunger, social justice or education, arts or something else, follow us at Jumo and learn how The Salvation Army is serving needs in these areas every day across the country.

So This Is What He’s Been Up to Since Those Butter Commercials

Monday, December 20, 2010

Was that Fabio – THE Fabio – pushing carts full of toys through the store checkout lane?

Yes, in fact, it was!

The flowing-haired star teamed up with The Salvation Army to provide gifts for hundreds of kids in San Francisco as a part of a Christmas shopping spree sponsored by Dig Deep SF.

The Salvation Army Western Territory has the scoop on their Expect Change blog here.