Since 2012, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been called "Giving Tuesday." It's a day about giving back to our community, whether it's donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering to help a local organization.

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The day was created to help non-profits in our country and has expanded to include over 60 countries around the world. The continuing pandemic has hurt many non-profits and they can use your help now more than ever.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Program

One of the groups that have been affected is The Salvation Army and their Red Kettle campaign. The Salvation Army Red Kettles have been a part of the Christmas season since 1890.

If you've been out at all in the last few weeks, you've probably noticed fewer ringers in the Southern Tier. When I went Black Friday shopping with my daughter, Tara, we went to many places and we only saw one red kettle and it was at the Walmart in the Townsquare Mall.

Rescue Christmas With The Salvation Army

Because of the lack of volunteers, along with people carrying less cash and doing their shopping online, The Salvation Army has a Virtual Red Kettle so that you can help rescue Christmas for someone in our area.

Giving Tuesday

This year for Giving Tuesday (or any other day), I hope that you will help out The Salvation Army, by volunteering to be a Red Kettle Ringer or by giving a monetary donation. You can become "part of the army behind the Army" and make a difference in our community.

It's amazing to me that when we give our money or time, how much it comes back to us ten-fold. Some call it Karma, I call it "God's Blessing." Either way, it's amazing how much we get back when we give it away.

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