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.
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.
And this year, you have the chance to win an opportunity to make an even greater impact for children in need in your community — just by sharing your #RedKettleReason on video.
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