Friday, November 19, 2010

CHARITY: Ring in Donations with The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle

Online Red Kettle Hosts Have Chance to Win Tickets to Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game For National Red Kettle Kickoff

The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle has helped provide approximately 144,881 meals to the hungry and  5,976 Christmas toys to children since its launch three years ago. The Web site allows individuals, organizations and businesses to host their own virtual fundraiser for The Salvation Army, at

This year, each individual that signs up to host an Online Red Kettle at will be entered to win an expense-paid trip to Dallas to see the Dallas Cowboys versus the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving Day November 25, 2010.  The contest is free to enter. All rules and information are viewable on the here.

In addition to the Online Red Kettle component, a companion Facebook application, introduced in 2009 has made it not only easier to give, but more fun for participants.

The Facebook application allows your goal, progress and Online Red Kettle link to appear on your Facebook profile. Once someone makes a donation via Facebook, a notification will show in your newsfeed.

The Salvation Army has once again recruited local celebrities and community members to help raise awareness of the campaign through their own Online Red Kettles as well, including Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock, who is asking Red Wings fans to show their support via his personal kettle at

“Now more than ever, with poverty affecting an astonishing 14 percent of Michigan residents, it is important to remember those less fortunate,” said Major John Turner, general secretary for The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit. “Our Online Red Kettle program is an easy, user-friendly way to get your friends and family online together in support of The Salvation Army.”

The Online Red Kettle is easy to use. Go to to register for your own virtual kettle. Hosts may set personal fundraising goals for their kettles and can even customize their own kettle Web pages. Hosts are encouraged to e-mail their friends, family members and co-workers to announce their fundraising efforts and collect donations through The Salvation Army’s secure Web site. Donors can designate donations to go to The Salvation Army in their zip code, in the zip code of the kettle host or in the zip code of their choice.

“It’s important for people to know that the Red Kettle giving season doesn’t end with Christmas — it continues through the end of January,” Major Turner said. “And the online technology allows you to continue supporting The Salvation Army 365 days a year.”

In addition to the Online Red Kettle, supporters may give directly at, 877 SAL-MICH now. Supporters may also give at any of the more than 350 kettle locations stationed throughout southeast Michigan Nov. 12-Dec. 24.

Founded by William Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination.  In 2009, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 3,181,865 million meals and 724,134 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us


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