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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 #RedKettleReason: it feels good to give….and I hope someone would help me if I ever needed it!

  2. My My #RedKettleReason is being sure to remember those less fortunate than ourselves, not only at Christmas, but all year around

  3. My #RedKettleReason is to give back to those in need because I would hope someone would do the same for me if I were in a bad situation.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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  5. Susan Smith Reply

    My #RedKettleReason is to help people that need help and to give back to my community

  6. Rebecca Graham Reply

    My #redkettlereason is to help a family in need have a nice Christmas.

  7. My #RedKettleReason is to help those in need. Christmas is a great time to teach our own how to give and be thankful. The Red Kettle is so important to so many children!

  8. I love how Salvation Army has such a high percentage of donations actually going to those who need it.

  9. There is a lot of poverty in our area so I am grateful for The Salvation Army and their help for the community.

  10. Aurelie Red Reply

    My #RedKettleReason is giving Christmas gifts to poor children ♥

  11. I give to a variety of charities every year because I have been on the receiving end of charity more than once in my life. I feel it is important to remember that every year that I am not.

  12. ELIZABETH P Reply

    My #redkettlereason is making sure every kid knows someone loves them

  13. Ellie Wright Reply

    My #RedKettleReason is to give back as much as I’m able. We don’t have a lot, but we are blessed in so many ways. If I can’t give with money, I try to give with time.

  14. erica best Reply

    My #RedKettleReason isthat u never know when u may need help anytime of the year and not just christmams time i had a house fire some year ago they were there for me.

  15. I work for a non-profit that assists low income families. I know that our families depend on Salvation Army year round but especially this time of year. It’s hard to think of a child not having a Christmas. That’s my reason.

  16. Thomas Murphy Reply

    My #RedKettleReason is I like to give what ever I can to people that need help during the holidays.

  17. My #RedKettleReason for giving back is because it is what God asked us to do in the bible. We must do good works and help the poor. It feels good to do and is what is expected of us. I like to help close to home to the most in need. Thank you for the chance.

  18. Karine Traverse Reply

    To give back once we can because we received so much help during our nearly 14 months in a homeless shelter

  19. My Red Kettle Reason are my nieces. I try to show them everyday how to treat people, how to be good people, and to empathize with people less fortunate than they are.

  20. I know I am fortunate to have a job, a home, and family to support me during difficult times. That is my #RedKettleReason for sharing with those who are less fortunate.

  21. Tabathia B Reply

    We’ll I have had hard times as a single mom and know and understand what it is to struggle and not be able to put food on the table for your kids or have clothing or presents under the tree

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  22. My red kettle reason is to give to those who have less than I do.



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