A kettle, a bell and lots of goodwill

  • Article by: STEVEN M. LUKAS
  • Updated: December 13, 2012 - 10:15 PM

Two hours as a Salvation Army bell ringer. Here's what happened in downtown Minneapolis.

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eurotravelerDec. 13, 1211:20 PM

May God bless you for giving of your time, Steven. (And thanks for the article as well.)

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owatonnabillDec. 14, 12 6:37 AM

Owatonnabill recalls a story from some time back: some guy puts a jar on his desk labeled "Donations For The Children of Israel". It took several hours apparently for someone to read the nameplate on the guy's desk ("Israel") and make the connection. The Salvation Army is undoubtedly one of the most reputable charities out there and undoubtedly most of their donations actually go to help people, but this (as Mr. Israel can attest) is not always the case. Donor, beware!

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BABloomDec. 14, 12 6:42 AM

There are many wonderful organizations in our community that feed, shelter, and empower poor and struggling people without the rigid discriminatory policies of the Salvation Army. In spite of the bells and volunteers my contributions go to other organizations who do not subject their clients to this religion's rigid fundamentalism.

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RegissucksDec. 14, 1210:25 AM

This holiday season I am supporting organizations that do not discriminate in any way against people based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other reason. I WILL NOT donate to the Salvation Army and will instead give to other charities until the Salvation Army stops discriminating against the GLBT community in hiring firing and promotion and the provision of benefits.

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franknjackDec. 14, 1212:01 PM

What, another pro-Salvation Army article in less than a week?? give it a rest, or else include info about other, more worthy organizations that help the needy without discrimination.

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squarnDec. 14, 12 4:00 PM

I always toss a couple of bucks into the kettle. Unless the bell ringer is sitting in a chair sleeping (City Center 2nd floor, last year), or is yakking on the cell phone.

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smeeagain2Dec. 14, 12 5:23 PM

Lots of good will, except for those the organization feels it must discriminate against. They'll not get a nickel from me.

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sausageDec. 19, 1210:29 AM

I have been forced to stay away from stores with the red kettle; from the stores that have two red kettles-one going in and one coming out; and I avoid the stores with the loud boisterous and guilt inducing bell ringers who Lear at you and give you a "tongue in cheek" Merry Christmas if you do not drop something in the kettle. I give to charity and I will not wear a badge on my coat saying "I GAVE ALREADY". So go away you guilt inducing non profit charitable do gooders. MY HOLIDAY IS MINE! My money is my whim to give it to whom I choose. In my own way in my own time. Just leave all of us alone and you will all go to heaven--and there will be peace on earth.

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