Donations to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettles are down this year, said a spokesperson for the organization. According to the spokesperson, Salvation Army’s goal for October through December was $11.5 million.
The Salvation Army raises around $3 million every year in the Twin Cities through their red kettle campaign. The campaign started in San Francisco in 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee came up with the idea to collect money to feed the poor during the holiday season. He used a single iron kettle for donations.
It’s clothing donations all year long that help support important Salvation Army programs.
Staff members at the Twin Cities Salvation Army are getting the word out that clothing donations are critically low. As a result, their Adult Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis is in jeopardy.
In the spirit of the holiday, hundreds of volunteers are making the day a little brighter for those in need. About 500 people gathered at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon for a Thanksgiving meal.
Minnesotans helped break a record on Thursday, Give to the Max Day. The 24-hour campaign of online donations ended at midnight. More than 120,000 people donated money adding up to more than $18 million for charities and non-profit organizations.
It’s what many Minnesotans love to do, make charitable donations. For the sixth year in a row, ‘Give to the Max Day’ is allowing us to give in a 24-hour online frenzy.
The Salvation Army kicked off the giving season with its “Rock the Red Kettle” Campaign Saturday. Hundreds of bell ringers set up throughout the Twin Cities Saturday afternoon.
Kids will be trick or treating for more than just candy on Halloween this week. Many will be collecting non-perishable food items for “We Scare Hunger” — a drive to help fill food banks sponsored by Free the Children. But some adults are getting a head start. The doctor’s office can be a scary place, but Entira Family Clinics are helping to scare away hunger.
A White Bear Lake firefighter who vowed to camp out until a U-Haul was completely filled with donations for the area food shelf has reached his goal – all before Sunday football. On Friday, firefighter Jeff Loeks said he wouldn’t leave downtown White Bear Lake until the U-Haul was filled with donations intended for the White Bear Area Food Shelf.
WCCO viewers raised over 85 percent of the total airline miles donated nationwide during Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Wishes in Flight” drive in April. According to Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s development director, the organization raised 21 million miles nationally during the drive, and 18 million of those came directly from viewers of WCCO.
Saturday, May 10 is Stamp Out Hunger Day, the largest single-day food drive in the country. While letter carriers delivered mail Saturday, they also collected bags of food left by people on their regular routes. More than 2,000 mail carriers in the Twin Cities took part.
Some local kids are going to start the spring running. It’s all thanks to the people at Allina Health, who have collected 10,000 shoes for kids in need.
Becca from Sartell asked: Why do we give an apple to a teacher? Some believe the apple is a symbol is knowledge. But others suggest that back in the 1800s, frontier families were responsible for feeding teachers and apples happened to be plentiful. The tradition continues even after families no longer fed teachers.
A Twin Cities nonprofit that calls itself the largest furniture bank in the country is running low on its inventory. So it’s hoping spring cleaning will help.