Let’s not just walk past Minot’s seasonal red kettles

As retired Ramstad Middle principal Jim Collins pointed out in an article in Monday’s Minot Daily News, “I can’t believe all the people that have talked to me since the flood (about) how the Salvation Army helped them.”

Collins is he Minot Salvation Army’s most dedicated bell ringer. And, while maybe there aren’t as many bells as there once were and maybe they don’t ring quite as loudly, the purpose should not be forgotten or ignored. In fact, if Collins is right, longtime Minot residents have all the reason in the world to support the red kettle campaign.

The Salvation Army’s work to help the disadvantaged everywhere makes them an important charitable resource in most communities of all sizes. Minot residents who endured the 2011 Souris River flood know better than most the important work that the Salvation Army does in the wake of various disasters around the country, in addition to their routine services.

There is a lot more competition for charitable giving these days than in past days. A tight economy in many places continues to threaten overall charitable giving. Even institutions as iconic and well-regarded as the Salvation Army face challenges from these and other realities.

As we move throughout our holiday season, let’s keep an eye out for any ways, great or small, that we can contribute to easing other people’s challenges, helping those in true need and bringing joy where we can.

We can start by remembering not to always pass the friendly volunteers with the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign.