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If you knew you could make a difference, would you try? If you could choose the way to impact those in your community who were most in need of help, what would that be?

Make Christmas Bright

Sometimes, people ask us how we can still be joyful during the holidays. After all, The Salvation Army, our staff and volunteers, and our officers carry a significant weight. We know that it's important for our red kettles to raise the money we need to help provide for the need throughout the year. It is only through the generosity of the neighbors in our communities who hear us ringing our bells and respond that we are able to provide after school care for at-risk children. It is this generosity that helps support programs aimed at helping families in crisis avoid homelessness and hunger.

David's Story

Now a medical doctor with a successful practice, David doesn’t actually remember the first time The Salvation Army impacted his life and the lives of his three older brothers. His mother recalls that when David was just eight months old, some people from The Salvation Army adopted their family for Christmas. Already struggling to make ends meet, life became even more difficult for David’s family when his father passed away a short time later. For many families, such significant challenges are simply impossible to overcome.

April's Story

Like most parents, April’s one wish for the holidays was to be able to provide for her children – warm food on the table and a few presents under the tree. Many of us take this for granted. Finding herself without a home during the holidays, however, April realized that it would take a Christmas miracle for her wish to come true.

Before The Kettle Was Red

The origin of The Salvation Army red kettle.

Jenny's Story

Jenny is ambitious for a 21 year-old. She had mapped out her life by the time she was 19 and moved to the community from her small town in Virginia to enroll in college. Her dream was to work for a nonprofit, so she began to pursue her degree in human services with minors in sociology and elementary education. She also started working at a daycare to support herself while in school. Her dream was starting to come together.

What's Your #RedKettleReason

Thanks to the generosity of people just like, April and her family were able to experience a Merry Christmas! There are so many reasons to support The Salvation Army. We would love to hear your reasons! Let us know at RedKettleReason.org.

Red Kettle Reason

We all want to do good. It's human nature to want to be able to help another person we see that may need a hand. Every Christmas, you put simple coins and bills in our red kettles across the county. It may not seem like much but it means new life - a second chance - for millions of Americans.

Online Red Kettle

You see us – and HEAR us – every Christmas, standing outside shopping malls and ringing our bells. More importantly, your give! You make an incredible impact every single year when you put your loose change in those red kettles. That money is used to provide a Merry Christmas for children and their families in your community.

You Make a Difference

We are so grateful for our volunteers. If you don't know, there is absolutely no way that we could ever be as effective if we didn't have your help. We know that we are so lucky to have volunteers that want to make difference in the world and choose to invest their time and effort into The Salvation Army. "Thank You!" seems to be not nearly enough for us to say.

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