Sharing is Caring
by Katrina Moran
Christmas is right around the corner, and what does Christmas bring? Christmas brings happiness, love, family, laughter, presents, giving, dinner, celebration of life, birth of Christ, and in some cases, tears.
In 1891, a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco decided to provide a free Christmas dinner to the area's poor. But how would he pay for the food?
From his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England; the captain remembered a large pot, displayed on the Stage Landing, called "Simpson's Pot," where passerby's would toss charitable donations. The captain presented his idea to city authorities and received permission to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing at the foot of San Francisco's Market Place. In it's position, the pot drew the attention of people going to and from the ferryboats.
By Christmas 1895, 30 Salvation Army corps in the West Coast area used the kettle. That year, the kettle effort resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. Today, kettles are used around the world. Everywhere, public contributions to the kettles, allow the Salvation Army to bring the spirit of Christmas to people who would otherwise be forgotten- the aged and lonely, ill, poor and disadvantaged, or inmates of jails and other institutions.
In the U.S., the Salvation Army annually aids more than 6 million people at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whatever the innovation, though, the same message- "Sharing is Caring" still supports this timeless, enduring program.
For more information on Salvation Army, and how you can make a difference, please visit Salvation Army website
One should never forget that "If a poor man is hungry, a rich man has eaten too much."