The Salvation Army needs your help. Due to the depressed economy, the Salvation Army’s Louisville Command says its donations are down at a time when the need has never been greater. That's why it's beginning its bell ringing a little early this year. As Major Michael Hawley of the Salvation Army told WDRB-41, "Donations provide Christmas dinners, toys, clothing for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities."
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers (16 years of age or older) who can afford to donate time rather than money this holiday season. It is calling upon interested citizens to man the ubiquitous little red kettles, which will soon be located around the Metro area. To volunteer, call 502-671-4920. There are 4,200 two-hour spots throughout the metro. In 2010, the red kettle income totaled $400,000 locally, and they are hoping to exceed or at least reach that amount this year.
A little before Christmas, in 1891, a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco wanted to provide a free Christmas dinner to the area's poor people. He came up with an ingenious plan: He got permission from the authorities to place small red pot for donations at the Oakland ferry landing at the foot of Market Street. The little kettle was a resounding success.
Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, and Chile, and in many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to the kettles enable The Salvation Army to bring the spirit of Christmas to those who would otherwise be forgotten - to the aged and lonely, the ill, the inmates of jails, and other institutions, the poor and unfortunate. In the United States, The Salvation Army annually aids more than 7,000,000 people at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Salvation Army has been serving the needs of Louisville's less fortunate since 1883. It sponsored the first Boys and Girls Club in the state of Kentucky, at the Portland Red Shield Club in Louisville. There is a plaque located near the steps of the Court House commemorating the arrival of The Salvation Army in Louisville, and the late Col. Harland Sanders was a great supporter of The Salvation Army in Louisville. 84% of the dollars donated in Louisville go directly to services in Louisville.
Click HERE  to volunteer at a location near you, or call 502-671-4920.
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FULL DISCLOSURE: The author provides legal services to the residents at Louisville’s Salvation Army Center of Hope, on Brook Street.
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