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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 28 December 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

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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Monterey John from Campbell, CA, United States

Of course I put money in for the Army, they are a great charity, in fact my favorite. I'm glad you have been promoting them here and I am sure it has done some good.

And thanks for the welcome home, it's good to be here. Now, can you bring us some sunshine?

28 Dec 2010 3:22pm

@Monterey John: Thanks, John - my 'Virtual Kettle' goal is $500. So far I've raised $285. If you have any friends that come into some unexpected funds - please send them my link. Meanwhile, as to that sunshine - I'm sorry - no dice. Could I show you something in an impressive rainstorm? I have a generous sunshine shipment scheduled for April.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Thank heavens they don't have such penny pinching restrictions here in the UK, but good on yer for showing some initiative.

28 Dec 2010 4:35pm

@Curly: Our huge retail chain, Target - started this back in the 90's. I was so incensed that I boycotted them until finally writing in protest. I actually got a thoughtful and long response that didn't look 'canned'. In it, they spoke of all the other (perhaps questionable) groups that were setting up shop, requesting donations. Lawyers, liability, blah-blah-blah. They then said to offset the loss, they'd cut a check to the Salvation Army for over 3 million dollars. That more that satisfied my objection and I'll now shop there occasionally. Enjoy your day, Curly.

Franz from Baden, Austria

way to go, steve! hope you achieve what you're aiming at!

28 Dec 2010 6:17pm

@Franz: Thanks for the words of support, Franz - it means a lot.

mohsen from Tehran, Iran

merry Christmas...:)

28 Dec 2010 9:48pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Yes it is great if some of the money goes for the starving and the poor people
who live in North America also. They seem to do much better than other
organizations who say they will do something.

29 Dec 2010 1:23am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Thank you for sharing it with us! I will pass it on to my friends.... :)

30 Dec 2010 2:26am