Teaching our children to give: what’s your reason?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

My kids

Because every child should feel loved. Because we’re all in it together. Because we’re here to help others. Because I want to teach my kids about giving back. Because I can.

What’s your #RedKettleReason?

Red Kettle Reason

Every year around the holiday season, we expect to see those bell ringers and the red kettles from Salvation Army. But do you know why? Do you know what they’re for and where your money goes?

In 1891, the Salvation Army’s Captain McFee set out to feed a free Christmas dinner to San Francisco’s poor. Without a way to pay for all the food, he remembered his days as a sailor in England where a large pot collected donations as the boats came in. That pot became the red kettle and  is a tradition that has spread across the world.

Salvation Army Red Kettle #doingthemostgood

My two kids are young, but it’s never too early to teach about giving to others. We’ve already encountered Salvation Army’s red kettle multiple times this season. Our 4-year-old son recognizes the sound of the bell and knows exactly what it’s for. I never carry much cash, but will give my son whatever is in my wallet so he can put it in the kettle. The red kettles are a tradition for the Salvation Army and giving back however we can is a tradition for our family.

This year we also donated gifts to a local family in need with 5 children. We picked a snowflake off the Christmas tree at school to shop for the child listed. We donated mittens at the preschool.

Red Kettle Reason Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been helping people and “doing the most good” in the United State for over 130 years. Last year, 3.4 million volunteers (along with officer and employees) served nearly 30 million Americans in need. That’s almost one person, every second, of every day!

  • 58 million meals to those in need
  • Rehabilitation services through donations to Family Stores to 204,000
  • 203,000+ children attended day care and summer day camps
  • Nearly 10 million people were provided nights of shelter
  • 324,000 helped during times of disaster
  • 4 million+ families served during the holidays
  • 1.8 million+ received help through senior, medical, and institutional services

The Salvation Army has a national average of 82 cents per dollar going to support community service programs (far above the BBB’s guideline of 65%). And did you know that all donations stay in the communities where they originate?

'tis the season to be giving

Don’t forget to head over to RedKettleReason.org and share YOUR reason for giving with the hashtag #RedKettleReason. See why the rest of the country is giving!

With 7,600 centers of operation covering nearly every zip code, you’re sure to find one near you! To donate or learn more, please visit SalvationArmyUSA.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local office. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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