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Austin Mahone to Headline Fourth Annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert Benefiting The Salvation Army!

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We are thrilled to announce that The Salvation Army will host the fourth annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert at Universal City Walk’s “5 Towers” concert venue in Los Angeles on December 7, with performances by musical artists Austin Mahone, Kelly Rowland, Bean, and Coco Jones!

Hosted and produced by Ned Specktor of Specktor Media, the free show helps raise awareness of The Salvation Army’s 123rd annual Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Money raised during the campaign helps the Army serve 30 million of America’s most vulnerable through an array of programs including food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and toys for children.

This year, the free concert will be streamed live on The Salvation Army’s Tumblr page at SalvationArmyUSA.tumblr.com, so you don’t have to miss out if you’re not in the area!

Similar to years past, fans can host their own Online Red Kettles by visiting OnlineRedKettle.org. But this year, the Army is saying thanks in a big way by launching the Rock the Online Red Kettle Team sweepstakes and enlisting the help of the artists to raise funds for a chance to hang out with them in person or via a Google Hangout.

By joining the Online Red Kettle Teams of Mahone, Jones or Bean, three lucky fans will win the chance to fly to Los Angeles with a guest to attend the concert and meet the performers. Eight more participants will win the opportunity to virtually connect with the artists through a Google Hangout before the show.

You can support the Red Kettle Campaign through the artist of your choosing by clicking on the names below: Austin Mahone: www.OnlineRedKettle.org/AustinMahone Coco Jones: www.OnlineRedKettle.org/CocoJones Bean: www.OnlineRedKettle.org/NoelleBean

In addition to giving online or to the more than 25,000 bell ringers found on street corners and retail entrances across the country, supporters can donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign through December 24.

Posted by Megan on Thursday, November 14, 2013 ·

Coming Soon: “The Christmas Candle” Movie Inspires Service & Goodness

There’s no denying that Christmas is fast approaching; reindeer and pumpkins have been competing for department store shelf space since August. With unrealistic to-dos of spending, buying gifts, baking, attending parties, throwing parties, the “spirit of giving” soon becomes the “spirit of getting it over with”.

Anyone needing a reminder of what makes Christmas truly special should watch The Christmas Candle, a holiday motion picture from EchoLight Studios based on the book by international bestselling author, Max Lucado.

Premiering in theaters nationwide November 22, the film tells of how an angel, every 25 years, visits a 19th century English village called Gladbury and touches a single candle. Whoever lights that candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve.
But when David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. At the beginning of the film, David’s character is seen serving food alongside officers of The Salvation Army, a nice shout-out to the organization’s services for the downtrodden which began in London in 1865.

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The Salvation Army took part in one of the red carpet premieres in Dallas, TX October 21. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/salarmydfw

When the candle eventually goes missing, the miraculous and the human collide in the most astonishing and heartwarming Christmas the village has ever seen.

The Christmas Candle inspires renewed hope in the miracle of Christmas, and reminds us of the wonder and celebration of the season that is often lost in the yearly hustle and bustle.

Check it out for yourself in select theaters November 22, and visit https://www.facebook.com/TheChristmasCandle to learn more. You can also join in the conversation with #ChristmasCandleMovie on Twitter and Facebook.

Posted by Megan on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ·

Papa John’s Pizza Delivers $50,000 Donation to Salvation Army

Town Hall meeting at Papa John’s, Monday, May 20, 2013 in The Hub on the corporate campus in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Our friends at Papa John’s Pizza handed over a $50,000 check donation to The Salvation Army during a presentation at the company’s Louisville, KY headquarters on Monday, the result of both a highly successful social media campaign and the dedication of partners in “Doing the Most Good”.

The February social media campaign asked Facebook and Twitter users to ‘like’, ‘share’, and comment on their pages to raise awareness of America’s hunger problem, with every good word, re-tweet and thumbs up garnering a $1 donation for The Salvation Army’s feeding programs. Thanks to the power of social media, $50,000 was raised in one day by compassionate supporters and pizza lovers alike.

Major Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary, and Papa John Schnatter, Founder of Papa John’s .

The Salvation Army serves approximately 60 million meals to Americans each year because of supporters like Papa John’s Pizza. We are beyond humbled by the company’s extreme generosity and commitment to feeding Americans in need.

Please help us thank Papa John’s Pizza and Papa John himself on Facebook or on Twitter using #PapaJohnCares.