Many parents have felt that pit in the stomach before Christmas – hoping to make ends meet while also having enough money left over to give their children a special and memorable Christmas. Some years are lean, but you always find a way to make it work.
At The Salvation Army, the month of December is always one of excitement and worry. We are excited that our Red Kettles are out in the community raising much-needed funds to help those in need. But there is always a fair amount of worry – will we be able to meet our red kettle goal? Will we be able to meet the year-round needs of the underserved in our neighborhoods? These next couple of weeks are our last days of kettles at storefronts, so this time of year is crucial.
Our Red Kettle Campaign goal this year is $7.85 million. That is a daunting number, but it will allow us to provide far more than food and shelter to those in need in our community. If you are a business that depends on a thriving local community, please know that donations to The Salvation Army will pay dividends over and over again by helping to make our neighborhoods stronger. And if you are an individual or family, know that we will put your donations to good use with .87 cents of every dollar going directly to provide assistance.
When you donate to The Salvation Army, your gift truly makes a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Poverty remains prevalent across metro Detroit. Some are just temporarily down on their luck due to a job loss or other financial circumstance, but others are victims of intergenerational poverty. While The Salvation Army provides feeding and sheltering to address the foundational need, we provide much more than that. Once basic human needs for food and shelter are met, individuals and families need greater support to help them break the cycle of poverty.
The Salvation Army helps address the root causes of poverty by also providing free legal aid to help those in need through our William Booth Legal Aid Clinic and providing clinical drug and alcohol treatment at our Harbor Light center to help people living on the edge see a better tomorrow. Working with the Michigan State Police and the FBI, we help victims of human trafficking escape a life of despair though our Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative. And we help entire families build a plan to move toward financial independence through our Pathway of Hope programs.
We further help families sustain positive momentum through our after school and youth programs as well as life-changing youth camps at Echo Grove. At The Salvation Army, we are working year-round to not only break the cycle of poverty, but also provide that hand up and encouragement necessary for sustainability.
Providing meals and presents for children at Christmas is just the beginning for The Salvation Army. If you would like to experience first-hand, the great things we do, please visit one of our Corps Community Centers or visit our website at www.salmich.org.
Like an anxious parent, we will be working hard to collect donations until the very last minute of 2017 to make sure we are able to give hope to those in need. Won’t you join us make our goal a reality this year?
Besides donating to a red kettle, here are other ways to give:
- Online at www.salmich.org
- Mobile by texting SALMICH to 41444
- Phone by calling 877-SAL-MICH
- Traditional mail by sending a check or money order, made payable to The Salvation Army, to: 16130 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI 48075
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