Honor Society: “Doing the Most Good” 24/7

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The guys behind the band Honor Society have been on the road nonstop lately, performing at venues across the U.S. and Canada in support of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. They may be rocking out at night but in between concerts, the guys spend their days volunteering at various Salvation Army locations; serving food, washing dishes, and offering a listening ear to the less fortunate who rely on The Salvation Army for food, shelter and support each day.

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Big Time Rush Serves Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, December 5, 2011
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Hit band Big Time Rush, who is slotted to perform at The Salvation Army’s Rock the Red Kettle Concert in Los Angeles on December 17, spent their Thanksgiving holiday serving food to folks in need at a Salvation Army shelter in Dallas.

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National Commander Rings the Bells

Friday, December 2, 2011
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Commissioner William A. Roberts, National Commander of The Salvation Army, decided to forego his lunch break today to ring bells at a red kettle location outside of Starbucks in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
Standing in the cold with a bell in one hand, a coffee occasionally in the other and always a grateful smile on his face, Commissioner Roberts wished passersby a Merry Christmas and offered a boisterous “thank you” to all who donated to the kettle.

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Bell Ringers Discover Unique Donations

Friday, December 2, 2011
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While typical contributions to our red kettles usually involve dollars and coins, on occasion, one of our 25,000 volunteer bell ringers will receive a donation that stands out. We’re only eight days into The Salvation Army’s current Red Kettle Campaign and we’re already hearing stories about unique gifts from kettle passersby.

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Robert Davi Supports Salvation Army

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Actor and recording artist Robert Davi released his version of the holiday song, originally sung by 50’s crooner Frank Sinatra, in support of The Salvation Army. Every penny of Davi’s proceeds from the single will go directly towards The Salvation Army’s 120th Annual Red Kettle Campaign

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Thank You Dallas Cowboys!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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The Salvation Army would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Dallas Cowboys and the Jones Family for once again inviting us to launch our Red Kettle Campaign at their Thanksgiving Day game and halftime show!

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To Our Partners in Good: Thank You!

Friday, November 25, 2011
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With our Red Kettle Campaign officially kicking off yesterday, our annual Christmas tradition is in full swing. Starting today, thousands of faithful volunteer bell ringers standing outside of stores across the country, collecting donations for the millions of Americans in need. With a record number of families requesting help this year, we hope to exceed our collection goals so that we can continue providing the basic necessities for those who are struggling financially.

In light of Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for not only the volunteers that tirelessly ring bells for The Salvation Army, but also for the many stores that allow our kettles to be stationed outside of their door at this time each year.

When the kettle tradition was founded by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee in 1891, he sought out a location for his collection “pot” that would be well-trafficked. He chose the Oakland Ferry Landing in San Francisco so it could be seen by everyone going to and from the ferry boats. Today, our corporate partnerships provide just that – prime locations during the season of giving (and shopping!).

Along with the thousands of local businesses that allow our kettles to collect, The Salvation Army would like to thank these national store partners in particular:

Big Lots

Bloomingdales

Hobby Lobby

Jcpenney

Kroger

Macy’s

Sam’s Club

Walgreens

Walmart

Along with supporting The Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign, many of our corporate partners individually contribute to The Salvation Army through various promotions and campaigns. We couldn’t “Do the Most Good” without their support.

From everyone at The Salvation Army: Thank You for supporting our efforts to ensure service to millions of Americans in need.

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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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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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