Skype with Santa? Flash mobs. Cyber Monday. How Christmas traditions change!
A few years ago, my mom (aka Techno-Grandma) intervened when my young nephew seemed to be vying for a spot on the naughty list. “Santa” emailed Kyle with a strict warning to mend his ways. It worked, however unconventional an intervention it may have been.
We embrace the rituals we love, to be sure, but some new traditions have great merit, too.
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign is an annual fundraiser with volunteers greeting friends and family and tourists and thanking donors.
Did you know you can now also use your phone and “Text to Donate?” This is a relatively new “tradition” – for the Sunshine Coast Salvation Army, you can text HOPE1013 to 45678 and make a $5 donation.
Another fun feature is the Fill the Kettle campaign – you can find out more details at www.fillthekettle.com. Basically, you can host a personal or business kettle virtually and encourage your busy friends and family to donate online. You can set your kettle up to go directly to Sunshine Coast Salvation Army to ensure your gift will be used here on the Coast.
One more option is to donate online using www.salvationarmy.ca – go to Donate and you can specify your gift for Sunshine Coast Salvation Army when you pay by credit card. When you donate in this way, you receive a receipt by email within a short time afterward.
Whether you opt for modern technology or time-honoured traditions, your gift of finances or donated time as a “bell ringer” are gratefully received. Those who come to our Bread and Produce line and or to our lunch or Food Bank thank us on your behalf every week.
The words: “I don’t know what I would do without this help” are familiar to the ears of the staff and volunteers. It is our privilege to serve those in need in our community and our privilege to be supported by such kind people as you.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
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