5 Easy Ways To Support The Salvation Army This Black Friday

Black Friday is a big day for shoppers. Let’s make it a big day for helping our community as well!

Here are 5 easy ways to support The Salvation Army this Black Friday.

1. Shop At Our Family Stores

When you shop at a Salvation Army Family Store, you’re transforming lives. The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers are funded by donations, and when you shop you’re providing spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.

Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life.

2. Shop Online With AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Salvation Army Metro Divison whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

3. Put Your Money In Our Red Kettles When You’re Out Shopping

When you give money to The Salvation Army Red Kettles, you’re helping to combat homelessness, hunger and drug addiction in your community. Money raised locally stays local.

4. Share Your #RedKettleReason When You Give

The Salvation Army is celebrating the many reasons that motivate you to give. We call them Red Kettle Reasons and they represent all of the different thoughts and experiences that cause you to give so generously each year.

We're starting a photo album for everyone sharing their #RedKettleReason and ringing bells for their communities this…

Posted by The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division on Friday, November 13, 2015

Please share your reasons on social media by adding #RedKettleReasonChicago to all of your social media messages on places like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

5. Register to Ring

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, which means it’s also the biggest day of the year for our Red Kettles.

When you volunteer to ring a bell at a Salvation Army Red Kettle this year 82 cents out of every dollar raised goes directly to services in your community.

Our registertoring.com website allows you to search for shifts in your community. Sign-up is easy and takes only a few minutes.


In all the hustle and bustle over Black Friday, let’s not forget about Giving Tuesday!

Just $65 will help provide a basket of food, gifts, and vital help for a family in need. For those facing a Christmas with only hunger and heartache, your gift will deliver a healthy meal and holiday joy.

On Giving Tuesday donate here.

Chicago Staff Band Thanksgiving Concert 2015

Join The Salvation Army Nov. 28 for the Chicago Staff Band Thanksgiving Concert with trombone soloist Paul Woodward.

For FREE tickets contact The Salvation Army Music Dept. at 847-294-2134 or online at www.chicagostaffband.org.

The Chicago Staff Band Thanksgiving Concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Edman Chapel in Wheaton, Ill.

This concert will be recorded. Pre-school children not admitted.

About Paul Woodward

Paul Woodward comes from four generations of trombonists, having been first introduced to the instrument at the age of 7 by his father.

He grew up in Yorkshire, England, where he played in Salvation Army bands from youth to adulthood. In 2003 Paul joined the famous Black DykeBand and in 2004 for the first time in the band’s history, was appointed the Co-Principal Trombone. He is in constant international demand as a soloist and trombone tutor.

Chicago Staff Band Thanksgiving Concert 2014

Watch the full 2014 concert below.

Online Red Kettle: 4 Easy Steps To Doing The Most Good in Chicago

Anyone can be a bell ringer for The Salvation Army without ever leaving their home with the Online Red Kettle Program.

Here are 4 easy steps to creating a successful Online Red Kettle this Christmas Season.

Step 1.0

Visit OnlineRedKettle.org and sign up to create your own Online Red Kettle.

Register yourself, your group or business by completing the registration information.

Step 2.0

Write a personal story and tell people why you support The Salvation Army. You can upload photos or videos that represent you and your kettle.

Step 3.0

Ask your family, friends, co-workers, youth programs, little leagues, after school centers, local businesses (retail stores, auto mechanic, barber shops, beauty salons, local grocers, dentists) to donate to your kettle.

Add your personal kettle web address on emails, text messages, personal or business websites, professional networks, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, flyers, holiday events, etc.

Learn how to raise your first $200 fast here.

Step 4.0

Follow up with your family, friends, and co-workers to donate again before the end of the campaign and make sure to send a nice thank-you note to your donors.

That’s it!

Have questions? Visit our Online Red Kettle FAQ sheet here.

Local Attorney Restores Holiday Cheer after Red Kettle Theft

When a Grinch stole a Salvation Army red kettle from in front of an Oak Lawn Walgreen’s store, it put a damper on the holiday cheer. But local attorney Michael McCready and his wife, Denise, restored the spirit when they made a donation to cover the loss.

The Beverly couple was watching the WGN evening news when they saw the story of the theft. “The Salvation Army does such great work. Who would even think of stealing from them? It’s wrong,” McCready said. “It wasn’t fair, and if there was something we could do, we were going to do it.”
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Seniors Celebrate the Season with The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army hosted its annual Christmas party for more than 400 Chicagoland seniors. The event, held at The Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn, featured lunch, entertainment and gifts.

The banquet room was festive with Christmas trees, twinkling lights and the joyful sounds of The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble. Major Debra Dalberg, Director of Older Adult Ministries, welcomed the guests to the holiday extravaganza.

“It’s not Christmas until we have this party,” she said. “As I look out across this room I can feel your happiness and the joy of the season.”

After a gourmet lunch, the seniors joined in on Christmas carols, filling the room with a joyful noise. Jodi Beach Ministries soon took the stage to delight the guests with songs and humor.

View photos of the annual event or watch the slideshow below.