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.
Woman vs. car repairs
Two of the tires on Jennifer’s car were flat. Despite working full-time, she couldn’t afford new tires. She could barely afford her monthly medications and weekly food bill.
Jennifer called on The Salvation Army for help. One of our social workers requested that she visit a local tire shop for an estimate on two new tires. The estimate turned out to be within Salvation Army guidelines, so Jennifer scheduled the repair.
At the tire shop, Jennifer learned that both tires could be patched instead of replaced, dropping the cost of the repair from $200 to $20. Coming in under-budget allowed Jennifer to qualify for other Salvation Army assistance that addressed her health needs. She was elated.
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.