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The season of giving

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Two women stopped to put money in the Red Kettle for the Salvation Army despite the rush to get great deals on Black Friday. Photo/Amanda Powers
Mailboxes are jammed with begging letters and sad stories of the hungry and the homeless. Ringing bells and reaching hands remind passersby that those less fortunate need help. Telephone calls ask for "just a small donation" to house the orphans, educate the children or cure the diseased.

So, how do you help those in need when economic times make it hard to help yourself?

A well-known tradition of the holiday season is the ringing of bells as The Salvation Army begins its Red Kettle collection. As long as most people can remember, as soon as the holidays start, so do the ringing bells outside of every store. Volunteers brave the weather to help less fortunate people.

This year, The Salvation Army has introduced a new Red Kettle program that allows people to fill their own Red Kettles.

The high-tech idea allows a person to set up their own Red Kettle online and receive donations by sending it to everyone they know via e-mail.

Those interested in learning more can contact their local Salvation Army or go to www.give.salvationarmyusa.org.

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