I have donated to the Salvation Army for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl my mom would hand me her loose change so I could drop it into the bucket. It made me feel so special and I have enjoyed doing the same thing with my own children. I have to admit, I didn’t know where or how that money was used when I was little and I still don’t today. I know they have stores around town and I am sure they give money to the needy but I honestly have no idea what their mission is. So today I decided that it was time that I truly understand the Salvation Army’s mission and I wanted to share I have learned.
I copied this directly from the Salvation Army’s Website:
The “miracle” of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.
Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners often are included.
Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.
Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well, people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.
What a WONDERFUL organization and I really appreciate that fact that they are spreading the true meaning of the holiday season by bringing spiritual light and love to those they serve. I hope that the next time you see that red kettle, you give them at least you loose “change” and help make a “change” in someone’s life.
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