The Power of Giving to Your Community #DoGoodChicago

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disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Salvation Army Chicago. Thoughts added are my own and honest opinion.

Last year our family took a few days and spent some time in the city of Chicago. Living so close to the city we don’t get down there much to see and experience everything our beautiful city has to offer. While so many people visit our beautiful city every day to take in our landmarks, and popular shopping and night spots the underlying sadness our city holds is that there are people out there living on our streets and in our shelters who can use help.

My family and especially my children noticed these people and had many questions on how they can help? They wanted to give. They wanted to help. While we can’t help everyone we have purchased a few personal items and put them in bags and dropped them off to the people who needed them. We’ve purchased food items and given money but we know it will never be enough, but collectively if we can all help just a little we can make a big difference in someone’s life and maybe even for a whole family.


While many people struggle with finding and keeping a job, having addictions, being victims of trafficking and just plain lost our city offers help for these people through The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army can not do it alone and they are in need of your help.

There are several ways you can give back to the community.

My family and I donate food to the church often during the year. We also donate gently used clothes and coats as we out grow them. Never throw away things that can be used. Remember there’s always someone out there in need.


Here’s a list just to name a few.

Consider donating food to your local food drive. While many families are putting together their Thanksgiving day dinners there are families out there struggling and wondering where their next meal will come from.They are hungry and they need our help. Many schools organize a food driving right before Thanksgiving. Check your local schools website for dates. They will accept drop offs or donate on The Salvation Army website to help those in need.


Consider donating time to help make life better for people in the community. A few hours can truly mean the world to someone.

Volunteer to be a Christmas Bell ringer this Holiday season. Ringing a bell means you can raise and collect donations that means you can raise about $30 an hour which will buy 2 bags of grocery’s for those in need. Registration is open now through December 24.

The Salvation Army does a lot for our community. They offer a wide range of services and programs to help people of all ages. Salvation Army Chicago serves communities in Chicago, Northern Illinois and Lake County, Indiana by providing emergency financial assistance, grocery assistance through food pantries; educational and recreational programs for children, adults and seniors; and leadership training and character development for youth. During the holiday season, they want to encourage people in the area to donate or volunteer to support these programs. Won’t you donate today?

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7 Responses

  1. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I love to read local happenings, so I really appreciated reading your post here today. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Sarah L says:

    I volunteer 3 times a week to teach an arthritis class at the warm water pool.

  3. Sara Zielinski says:

    This is a great way to give back to the community.

  4. shelly peterson says:

    The Salvation Army helps so many people. We donate all the time.

  5. Rosie says:

    This is a good way to do good. I donate extra at holiday time to pantries and collections. Salvation Army has been out there helping people for a long time, they are wonderful.

  6. Sara Zielinski says:

    This is a great cause.

  7. Julie Wood says:

    I have volunteered to be a bell ringer in the past. I need to do this again and help out with the campaign they have during the Holiday season.