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Have you dropped any money in a Salvation Army bell ringer’s pot this season?

Response Percent Votes
61% 687
38% 430
Total 1117


Cassie Powell 8 years, 6 months ago

Normally I do drop change in, but this year the 2 I have seen, would not even smile, let alone return the "hello" my 3 year old offered.

SuzyQ 8 years, 6 months ago

I got not only a "hello" but a smile, a "thank you", and a tiny candy cane for a small donation.

KS 8 years, 6 months ago

hitme - If you don't think they are doing a very good job, I suggest you go replace them. .

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 6 months ago

I always do.The SA helped my family out a great deal when we first moved here 23 years ago. I always drop whatever change I have into the kettle as a "payback". I don't know how we would have survived with out them.They really made our first few Christmases here wonderful.

ivalueamerica 8 years, 6 months ago

One of the things I like about the Salvation Army is that they are a social service before they are a church.

50 years ago, they would make you pray or go to service before they help you, now they help, and let you know spiritual help is available.

I believe faith should be an invitation, not a requirement.

And despite the critics of the homeless work, I have been involved with the SA all my life, and my parents before me and my grandparents before them. They give to people in good faith, but try very hard to help people stand up, not just give them handouts.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 6 months ago

The Salvation Army helped me out a great deal when I was homeless. They were very kind and accepting and did all they could to help me leave them. I will always bless and thank them. I give whatever I can. The bell ringers at Walmart always have a smile and a good morning or afternoon. Please do not forget that they help with utility payments, rent, food and personal hygiene supplies. They also pay for someone to get an eye exam and if you need glasses the Social Service League will pay for those.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 6 months ago

yes, several times, although it is usually just change.

headdoctor 8 years, 6 months ago

ivalueamerica (Anonymous) says… One of the things I like about the Salvation Army is that they are a social service before they are a church.

50 years ago, they would make you pray or go to service before they help you, now they help, and let you know spiritual help is available.

Last I knew at least for some of their services they still require a certain amount of spiritual participation for their involvement in helping. Perhaps it could be that it is different depending who is in charge of any given Salvation Army operation around the country.

Personally, I stopped giving to just about any organization some time ago. Starting with the United Way, followed by the Red Cross. I lost interest in the local Salvation Army back when they were pulling various shenanigans with the store they use to have here in town. If I am going to help out I will donate directly to the person or family(Not panhandlers)instead of the donation going through some corporate type design. As an individual it may be hard to figure out who really needs the help because of all the people running scams or sob stories that are just to lazy to try to help themselves, but at least I know where my donation is going.

nbnozzy 8 years, 6 months ago

I have given about $10 so far. Rarely pass a kettle without donating. The Salvation Army gave me toys and food one year when I was very little and I've always felt a connection with them since.

ack 8 years, 6 months ago

I always drop my spare change in the kettle. The Salvation Army is one of the best Chartable Organizations in the world.

Cait McKnelly 8 years, 6 months ago

Some years ago when I only had two children and had the extra money I told my husband I wanted to adopt a family for Christmas. I didn't want to go through an "agency" to do it. I wanted more direct contact then that and I wanted to know that what I gave was going to them. I called the local battered women's shelter and told the director what I wanted. I didn't necessarily want to know the woman's name or anything. I respected her anonymity. But I wanted to give another woman that was in a bad situation a leg up and the support to get out of it, knowing that she was going to have a strike against her out of the chute by being a single parent. The director was floored. No one had ever called her and asked for that kind of thing. She asked if she could call back after talking with her staff. Three days later she called me back and told me she had the family and her own staff had volunteered to coordinate things with me. The woman had three small children, had just moved out of the shelter into her own apartment and had nothing other than furniture. She was working but it had taken everything she had to make the deposits on the apartment. I bought her a 6 foot artificial tree, lights and ornaments, two toys each for the children (all girls), underwear, nightgowns and a new outfit for each. In a move that made me cry the mom had requested nothing for herself but asked that it be spent on the children. I kind of ignored that and gave her a bottle of nice cologne anyway and my husband (who sold appliances and did appliance repair) gave me a microwave for her. I also made up stockings for the three girls. In them was the exact same thing my children had in theirs that year. I also included a gift certificate to a grocery chain so she could buy the stuff to make Christmas dinner. When the shelter staff came to pick up everything they were stunned. They were smiling, laughing and hugging me. A week after Christmas I got a Christmas card in the mail from the mom that had been mailed by the director. It was a very emotional thank you note. (I still have it.) I've not had the financial resources to do such a "pay it forward" thing again but I have helped out co-workers with children that were in a financial bind at Christmas. I'm a nurse and I work in a primarily female profession many of whom are single moms. I don't like giving to organizations that have strings attached to their charity, implied or not. If I can't help someone directly then I give my money to either St.Jude's Cancer hospital or the Shriners Hospital system.

Bob Harvey 8 years, 6 months ago

I am fortunate to be a child of Salvation Army officers, the grandchild of 4 others, and the great-grandchild of 6 more. Ancestors go back to the founder, William Booth in England. I can recall my father never earning more than $75 a week, but the smiles of my parents and the teachings of their lives have contributed much to whom I am today. The bad parts were not their

Stuart Evans 8 years, 6 months ago

" they help, and let you know spiritual help is available. I believe faith should be an invitation, not a requirement."

I believe that faith has kept a vast majority of the poor people poor. it has asked people to put their needs and decisions into "gods" hands, where nothing ever actually materializes. If they wanted to really help, they would help people to understand that if you want something out of life, you must do it yourself, instead of saying a few words into your hands and hoping.

Satirical 8 years, 6 months ago

The salvation army needs to get some better weapons. I mean really, who are they going to defeat armed with a bunch of bells? Maybe that is why they are raising money. It is pretty sad when an army from our country can't even afford decent weaponry.

acg 8 years, 6 months ago

Wow misterpink, that's not very nice. I just encountered one of our fragrant bell ringing brethren at the Wally World at Black Bob in Olathe. He was very happy ( u could smell it ) and after I put a buck in his pail he was good enough to give me a few bars of a very off-key Silent Night. That kind of stuff is what Christmas memories are made of. If we didn't have sketchy Santas, drunken bell ringers and bad fruitcake, what would be laugh about?

Calliope877 8 years, 6 months ago

I regretfully haven't been very good about giving to SA this year, but I always try to make a point to because there was a time in my life when I hit rock bottom and I needed their help. SA is one of the few charities I actually contribute to...

BaldwinDad 8 years, 6 months ago

I give my time and donate directly to the people when and where I can.

ivalueamerica 8 years, 6 months ago


I have to disagree with you, but not in the way you might think

Faith does not give that lesson, the Bible does not given that lesson, God did not give that lesson. They teach people to give a hand up-yes, but also to be self reliant. The main messages are about hands-up, not hand-outs.

The church, however, has given that lesson. They thrive on dependency, control and power. They need people to depend on them or they would go out of business.

Most churches, however, have very little to do with faith or God, they left that boat centuries ago.

IrishCat 8 years, 6 months ago

I drop at least $1.00 every time I see a kettle outside the store I am entering. I was a single mom years ago coming out of a very abusive marriage, with absolutely no money and in danger of having my heat turned off. I went to the Salvation Army for help and they paid several months worth of the cost, enough to keep the heat on through the winter. That same year, I had no money for Christmas presents and they were kind enough to give me some presents for my young children. I cannot say enough good things about the Salvation Army. It was truly the worst year of my life. I'm in a much better situation now and it feels good to be able to give something back to those that were so eager to help me when I needed help.

HOMETOWNBOY 8 years, 6 months ago

I have already paid enough in taxes this year to get one person above the poverty level. I give plenty in other ways!

origflyboy 8 years, 6 months ago

I do tend to drop some change when I have it in my pocket. When I don't drop in any change it has been due to the person manning the kettle. I have seen many of the kettles abandoned or the person there is smells horrid and is asking for a hand out as well. A word of advice never give the person manning the kettle cash in hand thinking that it will end up in the kettle. The majority of the people working the kettles are people who currently are living at the shelter and are getting paid to be a bell ringer. I have met some really nice people manning the kettle though. Last week I saw a mother and her kids and they were playing christmas music.

Reuben Turner 8 years, 6 months ago

money comes out of every check i recieve and goes to the agencies of lawrence; so no i don't drop change.

brian1981 8 years, 6 months ago

Areyounnormal . . . if you are referring to the Christian religion, you could not be more wrong.

The Bible is chock full of references about not sitting on your rear end but going out and using your talents to improve your status in life.

Check out much of the entire book of Proverbs,and for that matter, Jesus spoke specifically on the subject in his parable of the servant who buried his master's money in the ground and did nothing with it. That's Matthew 25:14-30.

sk8infreeee1 8 years, 6 months ago

For the first comment on this page... I must say that I could care less if the smile at me. If they are there and your not the least you could do is give even a penny. What a lame excuse to not care about what goes beyond the unfriendly person. I wonder what other excuses you have come up with in your life to be selfish... Actually I don't care about that, but I care enough that the un-smiling person I gave my change to is going to take it to someone who needs it either more or just as much as me...

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