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What’s Your #RedKettleReason? (Plus $100 Sweepstakes)

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I LOVE the holidays. It has always been such a magical and loving time of year for me, but also a time that makes me realize, more than ever, how much we have been blessed with. This time of year it really starts to weigh on my heart to come up with different ways to give back and help others. The Salvation Army has always had a big local presence during the holidays and this year they are doing a video contest encouraging people to share their #RedKettleReason for a chance to win a shopping spree for kids in need. First, here’s my #RedKettleReason:   Allison Waken from All for the Boys

So are you ready to share your #RedKettleReason? The Salvation Army is calling Americans to share their #RedKettleReason for a chance to win a closed to the public, all expenses paid Salvation Army Giving Spree benefitting their local Salvation Army children’s shelter or children’s program.

Here’s what you have to do – Upload your video to Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Vimeo and then tweet a link to your video using both the #RedKettleReason and #GivingSpreeSweeps hashtags. In addition to sharing why the spirit of giving is so important to you, try to describe why your particular community deserves to win. If you have a personal connection to The Salvation Army, such as having been helped or knowing someone who’s been helped in the past, talk about that!

The Salvation Army Giving Spree finalists will be announced on December 1, 2015, Giving Tuesday and will be featured on for voting

As an added bonus: how about a little sweepstakes here? Tell me what your #RedKettleReason is in the comments below and you will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Gift Card Entry Instructions:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska). Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 11/18/15 – 12/20/15.

Be sure to visit The Salvation Army brand page on where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. My reason is that I’m thankful our family is fortunate to have a home, food, and gifts at Christmas, and I like to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate.

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  3. We grew up always knowing that you give, especially during the holidays!

  4. My family is blessed to have a roof overhead, a car that runs and food in the fridge. Not everyone is so blessed that is our reason.

  5. My #RedKettleReason is to help people in need and to give back to my community

  6. My #RedKettleReason is to help another family have a nice holiday, so they can have one less thing to worry about.

  7. Elizabeth McGlasson Reply

    My #RedKettleReason that I smile is that my husbands health has continued to improve. I am so excited about that it always makes me smile!!!

  8. #RedKettleReason My parents taught me to be grateful for what you have and give what you can! I have lived my life following that example.

  9. my #RedKettleReason is giving back to kids that may not have a Christmas or get gifts

  10. carol clark Reply

    i like to see the people i meet to have things and we gave as kids and still do

  11. My #RedKettleReason is to share the fortune and give back to needed people.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  13. My reason is that we have been a family with very little money, and Christmas was especially stressful because of it. I want my children to appreciate everything they have, and to know how blessed they are. I want them to give back to others, too.


  14. My #RedKettleReason is to help those less fortunate and to teach my kids the importance of sharing with those in need.

  15. My #RedKettleReason is to bless others and give back to the community because I have been SO blessed in my own life. I also want to lead by example and teach my family good values of giving back to others.

  16. Lisa Brown Reply

    My #RedKettleReason is because I feel for those that have nothing: no new clothing, not enough food, not enough money, so I give to The Salvation Army, other charities, and locally to food banks, to do what I can to try and alleviate some of this hardship.

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  18. My #RedKettleReason is that I enjoy giving and helping others who are less fortunate. And I hope that I can help make the world a better place, even if it’s only in some small way.

  19. Kimmy Ripley Reply

    My #RedKettleReason is that it is important to give back during the holiday season.

  20. Allison Swain Reply

    My #RedKettleReason is my family. They are always there for me and I am so thankful to have them. We all love giving back any way that we can!
    Thank you for the giveaway

  21. Jessica Justice Reply

    My #RedKettleReason is being thankful for my family and everything we have. And to always try and help others when we are able.

  22. My #redkettlereason is to make sure that my family and I are always thinking about more that just ourselves. Small acts of kindness make a great impact. Loved your video and message 🙂

  23. My #RedKettleReason is the importance of giving to those less fortunate than yourself when you can and the lessons it teaches my kids.

  24. My reason is that I want to share what I have with others. I am so thankful!

  25. The Salvation Army is tops in my book, because my #RedKettleReason is based on their kindness. When my uncle was at his lowest point, the Salvation Army was there for him, and he was able to get his life together. I had never seen him as happy and peaceful as he was for the last years of his life.

  26. My #RedKettleReason is to do what I can to make another person’s day a little bit brighter. We all go through hard times in our lives and we need to empathize more and make a difference in the world.

  27. My #RedKettleReason is simple, I believe it’s my honor and privilege to give back to those who are less fortunate. As a mother, I can’t agree more with your reason and what a beautiful video you’ve created. I want my kids to be kind and generous to others as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  28. My #RedKettleReason is to help those who are less fortunate during one of the most blessed times of the year.

  29. My Red Kettle Reason #RedKettleReason Is that I want to treat others with kindness and dignity

  30. My #RedKettleReason is the desire to share what I have with families that are not as fortunate.

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