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.
Fired Worker vs. Poor Eyesight
John’s eyesight had been deteriorating for three years, and it finally landed him in a catch-22. He had lost his job because of his poor eyesight, but when he’d been employed, he did not have good health insurance or enough money to see an optometrist.
With no income and a dwindling savings account, John came to The Salvation Army for help. Right away, one of our social workers referred him to a special program that provides eye care for those who cannot afford it. John received a full eye exam and new glasses at no charge. He could see again.
John’s next hurdle was to find a new job. The social worker gave him all the resources he needed to begin his employment search.
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.