This year we give thanks for you

Nov 21, 2019

Around this time every year families and friends meet together and take time to reflect on what they're thankful for, over a full spread of their favorite foods. For hundreds of families and individuals across the Midwest, their local Salvation Army helps provide these moments. As an organization, we also take an opportunity to take stock for what we're thankful for.

This Thanksgiving we're thankful for you. By supporting The Salvation Army through donating and volunteering you're partnering with us to provide programs, services, and day-to-day essentials for thousands of families across the Midwest. However you support us, your direct impact is felt by countless people in your local community. The Salvation Army would not be where it is today without the dedication of our supporters, and that's you!

Volunteer and Donate

You always have the opportunity to support The Salvation Army when you pass the Red Kettle, but did you know two hours of your time volunteering at the kettle raises an average of $60? If you're interested in taking part in this historic tradition, sign-up today

Year-round The Salvation Army also relies on volunteers for many other tasks (far too many to list). The Salvation Army is different in every community, because every community is different. Find your local Salvation Army to see how you can use your time and talents to further our mission.

As you probably know, the majority of our fundraising happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Here's how you can donate:

  • Click the donate button in the top navigation bar, all donations go to your local community
  • Drop money into any of the thousands of red kettles at partner storefront locations
  • Ask Amazon Alexa by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specify the amount
  • Sign up to give a sustaining monthly donation to help The Salvation Army year-round
  • Give any amount by texting “KETTLES” to 91999
  • New this year: Use Apple Pay or Google Pay at participating red kettles to digitally and seamlessly help families in need fight everyday battles all year long

Don't forget to tune in to celebrate the launch of our 129th Kettle Season

Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding will perform live at AT&T Stadium during the nationally televised halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game on CBS against the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day. The kickoff performance is a Cowboys tradition, sounding the call for Americans to donate to the iconic Red Kettle Campaign, which helps provide shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, Christmas toys for children and social service programs to millions of people in need year-round.

During a recent visit to The Salvation Army’s New York Temple Corps soup kitchen, Ellie Goulding witnessed the impact of The Salvation Army’s services on people’s lives, funded by critical donations made during the Red Kettle Campaign and throughout the year.

“I am honored to perform at the Dallas Cowboys halftime show and kick off The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.” Goulding said. “With so many people in need, I believe it’s our duty to help, and I encourage everyone to donate to The Salvation Army. The money they raise during the Red Kettle Campaign will change lives for the better all year long.”

The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $142.7 million during the 2018 campaign.


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