Thursday, December 24, 2015


There for the grace of God goes many of us. 

The Christmas holidays mean many things to many people but for those less fortunate it is a reminder of how difficult lifes struggles are. Christmas 2015 looks to be a record year for families in need.

On my way back from picking up the last few things on my Christmas giving list, a story on VOCM News that the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign will be short this year made me sad. 

The Red Kettle Campaign originated in 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. He resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome -- funding the project. He placed a pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the Pot Boiling." He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas. The idea spread through the world and has become an iconic image of the true meaning of Christmas, love and caring.

Last week the The Salvation Army delivered more than 1,500 Food Hampers and more than 1,700 toy bags. However they are short of the $190,000 goal for this Christmas. The goal is base don projected need.

If you are like me, you have probably given to many charities, causes and families this Christmas season. Please consider one more, dig deep and spare a little something to help The Salvation Army reach its goal by donating to a kettle or calling them at 726-2273.

The celebration of Christmas is a wonderful time for reflection, love and family. Let the warmth of your generosity glow to help others.

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