Poverty is an everyday battle. People experiencing poverty are not without hope – their lives are just harder than they should be. But, The Salvation Army is helping to make their lives a little easier, thanks to your gifts of time and money. The Fight for Good series aims to show how by following individuals through one of their daily poverty battles. Here is one such example.
Family vs. Bed Bugs
Nancy and Edward were in a tough spot. Edward had been hospitalized due to complications with diabetes, and their son’s emotional problems were getting worse. Just when the family thought their lives couldn’t be more difficult, they discovered that their furniture had become infested with bed bugs. They didn’t have extra money to buy new furniture or hire an exterminator.
Nancy looked to The Salvation Army for help. One of our social workers connected her with an agency that provides used furniture for a nominal fee – which The Salvation Army paid. After Nancy received the furniture, she called to say how much the help meant to her, crying on the phone.
Join the Fight for Good
Thankfully, there’s an Army – made up of people just like you – that seeks to start seeing the poverty that has always existed around them.
If you desire to do something good, to further a cause you care about, to join the battle against poverty – here are three simple ways to join us in the fight for good:
- Donate at a red kettle or online. Fight poverty one dollar and one coin at a time by giving each time you pass a red kettle (later this month), or support your local Salvation Army through an online donation.
- Become a volunteer bell ringer. Join the fight against poverty by giving your time as a red kettle bell ringer. Kettles with volunteer ringers raise double the amount of funds that support our poverty-fighting programs.
- Recruit your own army. The fight for good needs soldiers. Recruit others to join the fight for good by setting up a fundraiser and sharing your passion for helping others on RedKettleReason.org.
The scenario described above is about a real person helped by The Salvation Army Northern Division. Names were changed to protect the individual’s privacy.