Christmas has an Army

There is a battle that happens every day. All around us. It's a battle against all the things in life that are hard and sometimes people don't win.

But we are an Army dedicated to fighting this battle. A bell is our battle cry. Our weapons are hope, kindness, and compassion. When you give, you help The Salvation Army fight for those most in need.

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Online Angel Tree

Want a fun and creative way to directly help families in the Carolinas? Visit where you can choose items that represent donations to The Salvation Army Christmas Programs that directly help kids and families and Make Christmas Bright.

Online Angel Tree

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Simply Give

Would you rather just make a financial contribution that will be used in the best way to Make Christmas Bright for a child? Simply visit our National Donation Page and your gift will be used in your local community to meet the greatest need during Christmas.

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Keep the Bell Ringing

Times change. People carry less cash. Retailers change the way that they do business and how they support the community. We need your help, more than ever, to ensure that the sounds of the Christmas season include this familiar tone. We need your support to Keep the Bell Ringing.

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The Jones Family vs. The Paycheck

04:31 PM • Tuesday, May 15, 2018

People often ask how the money from the Red Kettle helps the community. It's a good question and the answer isn't always obvious. Meet the Jones Family.

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01:06 PM • Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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?

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Make Christmas Bright

03:27 PM • Monday, November 21, 2016

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…

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The History of the Kettle

In 1891, one Salvation Army officer who needed to find a way to provide meals for hungry people in his neighborhood had the idea of asking the public to contribute by dropping money in a bucket. Today, The Salvation Army Red Kettle is used to help provide for the 30 million individuals that need our help each year in the United States.

Extending beyond the holidays, when you contribute to the Red Kettle, you are providing shelters for families, addiction recovery, after-school programs, summer camps, services in response to disasters, and more. You help make a difference – all year round – for people in your community.

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