Right off - let me say that A Minus 3 is not the place for this kind of thing. I agree, and if anyone objects - I will take this post straight down - no questions. This is a one-shot posting - I'll not repeat it anytime soon. That said...
I feel passionately about this subject and wish to share the situation with those of you who are interested.
Donations to the familiar Red Kettle of The Salvation Army are way down this year. Part of the problem is that more and more people are doing their shopping with debit and credit cards and have no cash on them as they pass the volunteer with the ringing bell.
Added to this, a growing number of retailers are dis-allowing all charitable organizations from standing outside their doors - so the number of kettles are down as well.
Clearly - in this era of global economic collapse - the needs and numbers of those at the bottom of the financial pyramid are greater than ever before. The clever folks at The Salvation Army have been quick to adapt and are offsetting this situation by establishing 'Virtual Kettles' where people can donate.
If you would like to contribute to The Salvation Army - here is a link to their secure site:
You may also use this link to start a 'Virtual Kettle' of your own - at work, in your neighborhood, or with your community organization.
I will confess this effort is somewhat self-serving. I would love to give this much and more to The Salvation Army. They are my number one charity. Unfortunately, this year I can only afford a fraction of what I'd normally give. When I heard about the Virtual Kettles - I was completely on-board in the believe that what I can't give directly - I can help to raise.
Several close friends of mine have died in the past two years. The common thread in all of their passings has been alcoholism. I have become familiar and close to the services that The Salvation Army provide in aiding people with drug and alcohol addiction - to get clean and sober - and to provide them with a stable foundation - giving them a fighting chance at a healthy life.
This is but one small example of where they place their resources for those with nowhere to turn.
If you have a few dollars to contribute - your gift will help. It doesn't need to be a large donation to make a big difference. The Salvation Army is well known for getting a lot of help with just a little - they are efficient in what they do.
Thanks for the attention. May 2011 be healthy and prosperous for you and yours.
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