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December 2016

5 Places your Money Goes after the Red Kettle

December 19, 2016

“TELL ME ABOUT THE CHANGE”

Only FOUR MORE DAYS of Red Kettle ringing here in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s been an awesome season!!

BUT each year, as the change comes in, we are asked the same question: where exactly does that money go?? 32 days of ringing bells at over 50 locations adding up to (hopefully) $380,000- it is a lot of change!! Well, we would LOVE to tell you! Because your donations to the Red Kettle keep us operating all year long.

Your change, makes CHANGE!!

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  1. IT STAYS LOCALLY

The Salvation Army raises funds at the ground level- and they stay here “on the ground”. That means our funds do not get funneled down to our many locations across the globe from headquarters or some central money making hub.

Instead, money is raised at the local level and then remains in that community! So Northwest Arkansas, your money is staying right here in this community. And we are proud of that!

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2. IT HOUSES THE HOMELESS

There are an estimated 2,462 homeless in Northwest Arkansas, according to research done by the University of Arkansas in 2015.

We see the need every day here at The Salvation Army and desire to be a refuge for those who are hurting. That is why we offer free, emergency shelter to those experiencing crisis, tragedy, and loss. Last year, we

Last year, we served a combined total of over 18,000 nights of shelter at our Fayetteville and Bentonville Shelters and provided over 80,000 meals to those in need in our community.

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3. IT FREES THE ADDICT

This is Aaron; he graduated from our program in November of this year! His life has been completely changed through our drug rehab program, and we are so PROUD of him!!

When you give money to the Kettle, it provides freedom from addiction. Restoration of families. Hope for the future. Productive, community-minded citizens. And PEACE for those who were hurting and lost.

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4. IT SERVES UNDER-PRIVILEGED YOUTH

Every week, The Salvation Army busses in kids from the low-income areas of Northwest Arkansas to love on them, serve them, feed them and teach them about Jesus.

Many of these children would be going home to empty houses, finding food for themselves (if there is any that night), and likely never experiencing the simple joy of a safe, fun place to spend their time without this program.

When you give, these children are fed. They get to go to summer camp! They get respite from the place they call “house” that may never feel like home.

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5. IT HELPS THE HURTING IN MORE WAYS THAN WE CAN COUNT

The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. And we strive to do that every day.

Whether we are providing shelter, food, utility assistance, addiction recovery, clothing, furniture, disaster relief, Christmas gifts or simply a listening ear, we strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in the most need. Daily, we strive to Do the Most Good.

To learn more about our services, click the links…

Addiction Recovery
Emergency Shelter
Social Services

To give to the Red Kettle Online…
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THANK YOU, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT US!! Together, Let’s “Do The Most Good”.

4 Largest Donations Found in the Red Kettle

December 8, 2016

Charley Brandt, dressed as Santa, rings the bell for the Salvation Army at the Byerly's store in Roseville. Brandt, a three year veteran of bell ringing is trying out the newly acquired Santa suit in hopes that increases donations. Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He a Byerly's customers laughs as Brandt compliments her on her smile and wishes her, "Merry Christmas". (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

We all know the feeling of reaching for spare change in our pockets– trying to find a few coins here or there to give to the chilly bell ringer standing outside of Walmart. Though most often, spare change and $1 bills are what finds their way to the kettle, there are a few bigger donations that come in each year. 

Want to know some of the largest donations (on record) ever given to the Red Kettle?! We have a compilation of some of the most generous gifts ever seen by The Salvation Army at Christmastime! 

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The $10K Piggy Bank

Your child’s piggy bank mayyyy not be worth much, but for rare coin collectors, their little assemblage can be rather valuable! An anonymous donor finally revealed their identity after 15 years of donating parts of their rare coin collection to the Kettles.

“Dick and Ruth Jean Unger, who had long asked to remain nameless, finally went public because so many people wanted to know who was behind the kind-hearted deed.”

After all was said and done, their coins amounted to a grand total of $10,000!!!

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Five $10K Checks from Secret Santa Wrapped in a $1 Bill

At a Joplin, Mo. Walmart on Black Friday, as the shoppers were waiting in line, one shopper wasn’t there to buy a big screen TV!! As the officers counted the Red Kettle totals that evening, 5 checks for $10,000 each were found inside the Kettle- all wrapped inside of a $1 dollar bill!!

“The person or persons behind the $50,000 donation remain anonymous, as she or he (or they) has been for the past decade. Salvation Army officials have nicknamed the anonymous donor(s) “Secret Santa” for the tradition of donating large sums in the kettle each Christmas season.”

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Bank matches $100,000 in donations

The Citizens Bank Foundation announced that it would donate $100,000 to The Salvation Army’s 2007 Kettle Campaign in New Hampshire as a match to the local’s giving. Green Kettles marked as Citizen’s Bank “match kettles” were put out throughout the state.

This helped “successfully complete a partnership developed in response to the growing need for emergency food, shelter and assistance with fuel expenses throughout the state.”

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The $500,000 Family Legacy

A check for $500,000 was dropped into The Salvation Army kettle at a Club Foods in Rosemount, Minnesota.

The family chose this gift to honor their family legacy.
One of their fathers served in World War 1 and especially loved The Salvation Army Donut Lassies, who brought coffee and donuts to the soldiers on the front lines. Want to learn more about the Donut Lassies?? Check out the story HERE:

Story Sources:

1) $10,000 Coins  2) Checks from Santa  3) Bank Match  4) The Minnesota $500K