Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ring in the Holidays With The Salvation Army

It's everyone's (well most people's) favorite time of year. A time when friends and family members we don't get to see that often reunite. A time when we go ga-ga over gift-giving and spending money just to see that huge smile on the faces of those we love. A time when we indulge in oh-so-bad for you goodies.

But unfortunately, there are many individuals and families in Michigan who can't afford to give gifts or provide over-indulgent meals this holiday season. That's where organizations like The Salvation Army step in. Now through December 24, The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to ring bells throughout the community to collect funds that will help the organization provide services year-round to those in need. Bell ringing is an easy and fun way to give back to your community this holiday season. Two-hour shifts are available for individuals, and 10-hours shifts are available for groups. You can go to www.salvationarmyemich.org to register for bell ringing shifts throughout southeast Michigan, as well as www.sawashtenaw.org to register for shifts throughout Washtenaw County.

I am blessed to provide public relations support to The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County because it's opened my eyes to the ever-increasing need for food, clothing and shelter that exists in our state. Many people don't really know what The Salvation Army is or all the great things the organization does to help those in need. Now's a great time to find out. I'll be out there with my partner-in-crime Lauren on Dec. 15 (location TBD) ringing my little heart out. And even if only one family is helped through my bell ringing initiatives, at least I can say that I'm making a difference.