My Red Kettle Reason #RedKettleReason

Every year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, The Salvation Army collects donations in front of stores and on street corners nationwide in their signature Red Kettles. To me, every time I see the Red Kettle, I know it’s officially the holidays. The money collected not only provides meals and shelter for families and Christmas toys for millions of children during the holiday season, but also supplies necessary resources for numerous other social services programs year-round such as substance abuse programs, domestic violence respite and counseling services, and military veteran assistance programs. It’s simply amazing.  The Salvation Army will always hold a very special place in my heart.  I remember throughout my childhood and teenage year (and now till this day!), my father would volunteer his time by ringing the bell collect money in front of the iconic Red Kettle. My father takes great pride in taking time out of his busy life to do what he can to help raise money for The Salvation Army.  Every time I see someone ringing a bell in front of a Red Kettle, I always donate something. I don’t always have cash on me, but when I do, I give. 

That red kettle symbolizes something great: giving back to the community and making someone’s life better. 

I’m honored to have partnered with The Salvation Army again this holiday season to share my #RedKettleReason and inspire you to find and share your reason.  Recently I had the pleasure to give back to 5 families with baby essentials – diapers, wipes, food and clothing. It felt so good to be able to give these families something that they didn’t expect and something that I knew would help them out. It touched my heart to see their deep appreciation and thankfulness.  I want to do the same again and again throughout the holiday season. 

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My #RedKettleReason is to give back to someone I don’t know and make them smile, make them happy.  You never know the true story to someone’s life until you’ve walked in their shoes. Giving back — no matter how big or how small — is one of the best things you can do.  It’s wonderful to think that you have changed someone’s day or someone’s week or someone’s life by taking the time out of your life to do something positive for someone else. The holidays are all about giving and it’s the perfect time of year to embrace the “giving back” spirit.  I’m encouraging everyone in my family and all my close friends this holiday season to do something for someone else. Donate clothing. Volunteer. Visit a nursing home. Start a food drive. Do something that will have an impact. Do something that will make others get involved. Be that “spark” that ignites the love for someone else.

And when you see those Red Kettles this holiday season, stop and think about their impact. Donations to those Red Kettles made by people like you and me helped more than 27 million people in need last year. That’s a powerful impact.

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My Red Kettle Reason #RedKettleReason was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by Audrey McClelland
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  1. My reason is that I’m thankful our family is fortunate to have a home, food, and gifts at Christmas, and I like to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate.

  2. My #RedKettleReason is to help another family have a nice holiday, so they can have one less thing to worry about.

  3. My #RedKettleReason is everyone should have a nice holiday. We donate to local shelters and organizations and also to pet shelters.

  4. My #RedKettleReason is buying Christmas toys once a month and donate to different charities at the end of the year.

  5. My #RedKettleReason is to be thankful for what I have, to share and give back to needed people.
    tcarolinep at gmali dot com

  6. My reason is that we have been a family with very little money, and Christmas was especially stressful because of it. I want my children to appreciate everything they have, and to know how blessed they are. I want them to give back to others, too.


  7. My #RedKettleReason is the kids, the little ones who can’t help themselves, can’t put food on the table and can’t clothe themselves. I hope that my children learn to be charitable and help the less fortunate.

  8. My #RedKettleReason is to bless others and give back to the community because I have been SO blessed in my own life. I also want to lead by example and teach my family good values of giving back to others.

  9. My #RedKettleReason is because I feel for those that have nothing: no new clothing, not enough food, not enough money, so I give to The Salvation Army, other charities, and locally to food banks, to do what
    I can to try and alleviate some of this hardship.

  10. My #RedKettleReason is that I enjoy giving and helping others who are less fortunate. And I hope that I can help make the world a better place, even if it’s only in some small way.

  11. My #RedKettleReason is that it is important to give back during the holiday season. It is so important to help families that are less fortunate than you.

  12. My #RedKettleReason is my family. They are always there for me and I am so thankful to have them. We all love giving back any way that we can!
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  13. My #RedKettleReason is the importance of giving to those less fortunate than yourself when you can and the lessons it teaches my kids.

  14. My #RedKettleReason is to donate a gift to a family that can’t afford a present for Christmas for their child.

  15. My #RedKettleReason is that I enjoying giving to others because you never know when you might need a helping hand as well.

  16. My #RedKettleReason is that I feel that my family and I are blessed with the life that we have and that I’d like to help others that are in need.

  17. #RedKettleReason is that I know how hard it can be, especially during the winter making ends meet and feeling the holiday expectations of spending even when you don’t have a lot of money.

  18. My #RedKettleReason is to do what I can to make another person’s day a little bit brighter. We all go through hard times in our lives and we need to empathize more and make a difference in the world.

  19. My #RedKettleReason is to help the most forgotten-the chronic severe mentally ill -who are often homeless or in prison. I take care of a person like that. They have few visitors in nursing homes and are stigmatized to this day. We give to the Salvation Army all year long.

  20. My #RedKettleReason is my kids as well. I want them to be generous and kind to others. Thanks for sharing your video. Love it.
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  21. I want to teach my children to be good people… not just during the holidays but all year long. We tend to do more for others during the holidays (donate money, food, toys) but I try to make them aware that it should not end there. We all need to be more kind. Thanks.

  22. My #RedKettleReason is volunteering for Toys for Tots so families will have a happier Christmas.
    thank you

  23. My red kettle reason is this time of year can be so tough on families. Everyone should have a little something special during the holidays.

  24. My #RedKettleReason is to help others in need have a happy holiday. I just donated to Toys for Tots and my Publix lets us drop off food to help feed people over the holidays. I just try to do little things like when a store asks you if you want to add a few dollars to your order to give to charity I do it as you never know how much those things help people. Thanks for the contest!

  25. My #RedKettleReason is to make sure that others have enough to enjoy their holiday season. Whether it’s donating food to the food pantry or helping out by volunteering where needed. It feels really good to give back.

  26. My #RedKettleReason is that it is the right thing to do. Not to judge, but to have compassion toward others.

  27. my #redkettlereason is that Christmas is the season for giving! We are blessed to have everything we need, so I want to make sure others can have what they need as well!

  28. My #redkettlereason is that this is the season of giving, especially to children. It breaks my heart to think any child has to go without receiving even one gift for Christmas when so many have more than they need.

  29. My Red Kettle Reason #RedKettleReason Is that I want to treat others with kindness and dignity #SweepstakesEntry

  30. My #RedKettleReason is because I’ve been very fortunate my whole life and always try to give back to those who have no been. A little kindness goes a long way.

  31. My #RedKettleReason is my uncle, who got his life together thanks to help from The Salvation Army. When I see those beautiful red kettles at this time of year, I’m always happy to contribute what I can, because I know they’re helping the people who need it the most.

My Red Kettle Reason #RedKettleReason was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by Audrey McClelland