Giving Tuesday has been here since 2012 and I believe that this year we need it more than ever. Giving Tuesday was created to help non-profits throughout our country and has expanded to include 60 countries globally.

The pandemic has hurt many non-profits because they weren't able to do their normal fundraisers and events. They were also unable to rely as heavily on major donors this year because of the coronavirus. One of the groups that have been hit hard is The Salvation Army and their Red Kettle program.

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The Salvation Army Red Kettles have represented the Christmas season and compassion to those in need around the world since 1890. Last year, they raised $126 million with its Red Kettle campaign but they expect it to be half of that this year.

Because of the pandemic, they even started their program early and called it "Rescue Christmas." People carry less cash and do their shopping online, so The Salvation Army started a Virtual Red Kettle.

So this year for Giving Tuesday (or any other day), consider helping The Salvation Army out. You can make a world of difference with the Salvation Army, not only for Christmas but all the time.

It's still not too late to find your joy as a Red Kettle Ringer, become "part of the army behind the Army" and volunteer here. #GivingTuesday.

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