The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program runs every year through November and December as a way to collect donations for people in need.
For over 100 years, the Red Kettle program has been a key contributor for raising money to help people in need with necessities such as food, shelter and social services. It is The Salvation Army’s most notable program, and you can listen for the ringing bells to know you’re near a Red Kettle.
The Salvation Army recently started the Online Red Kettle Campaign, which runs year-round and is focused on larger donations from individuals.
Roughly 41 percent of residents in Detroit are at or below the poverty line, but poverty-stricken Detroit residents are not the only ones who need help or get help. The Red Kettle program that corresponds with Eastern Michigan is intended to help all our neighbors, all our friends. Every citizen matters, and that’s why The Salvation Army helps everyone.
The Salvation Army isn’t trying to feed or shelter a person in need for just one night. The Salvation Army is looking more so to educate people in need by teaching them strategies and life lessons that, in turn, lead them to never have to depend on a donation again.
The Salvation Army is an evangelic organization based on the Christian Church. But don’t think you have to be Christian, or religious, to make a difference. The Salvation Army’s goal is to reach humanhttps://wordpress.com/post/86591721/new needs without discrimination. Being helped, also, does not mean you have to sign a piece of paper claiming you’re a Christian.
There’s no set standard on how much to donate to the Red Kettle program. If all you have to spare is a quarter, that’s perfect. Just think, if you and some of your friends pitch in the loose change from your cars, you’re providing a meal for a person.
Companies such as Bass Pro Shop, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Kroger and Big Lots have helped in the cause. Obviously, people are around these types of companies more during the holiday season. Allowing volunteers to raise donations on their grounds has been huge for The Salvation Army. Walmart locations alone collected over $33 million nationally from the Red Kettle program in one year.
Somebody out there needs your help, our help. Donating to the Red Kettle is not going to end this monstrous epidemic called poverty. But it may save a life, and that seems worth it to me.
For more information on donating, volunteering, getting help or starting your own Red Kettle, visit The Salvation Army’s website.