With the passing of Thanksgiving Day, hopefully we all had a little time with those we love to reflect on all the things we should be thankful for.

Plenty of people, however, struggle to put food on their plates, keep a roof over their heads and clothes on their bodies. It’s a sad reality.

Here’s where organizations like the Salvation Army come in, and its Red Kettle Campaign, which started earlier this month, helps raise funds to take care of those life necessities for those in need. However, sitting in the office of Harold Gitau, captain of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army, there’s a bit of problem. As he scrolls through the schedule for bell ringers this holiday season, there are gray blocks for empty spots and yellow for slots filled.

Sadly, there’s more gray than yellow heading into the heart of the holiday season.

To put it succinctly, this has to be fixed.

The Red Kettle campaign began back in 1891 when Captain Joseph McFee placed a pot at Oakland Ferry Landing in San Francisco, hoping to collect money to feed the city’s hungry. Since then, the campaign has been a constant. The ringing bell outside of shops synonymous with Thanksgiving and Christmas. While the proliferation of the internet has made giving online to various charities as simple as a few clicks the mouse, the optics — and sounds — of the Red Kettle Campaign play a pivotal role in our holiday lives.

Got some extra change in your pocket as you leave the store? Oh, there’s that sound.

It’s a reminder. It’s a spark.

But those bells don’t ring themselves.

To help fill up those open slots, you can register at registertoring.com or by calling 540-830-8819 or 540-434-4854.

Let’s do our part.

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Mrs. Prodigal and I have been supporters of the Salvation Army over the years. They do a lot of good work, have been on the front lines in the fight against poverty, and have done so with an underlying Christian mission.

This being the case, I was saddened to hear recently that The Salvation Army is now asking "white" donors to offer apologies for their "white privilege" when contributing to this worthy cause. To be clear, I don't know whether or not this is true, and I certainly hope that it isn't true. Mrs. Prodigal and I have always believed that God loves everyone equally, regardless of race, and we certainly have no desire to contribute to a cause that promotes one race above another, and have always been of the impression that The Salvation Army is one such organization. Could someone with actual knowledge of whether or not this latest rumor is true please enlighten me? Thanks so much!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


I don’t think the donor thing is true, their website remains one of the few that boldly mentions their mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus to everyone.


Thank you for sharing that Programmer. I don't know whether or not it is true, but certainly hope and pray that it isn't true. Mrs. Prodigal and I have always loved The Salvation Army because of the very thing that you mentioned. They truly make a difference in the lives of the poor, and are not ashamed about calling people to a relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope and pray that that continues.


I will change my statement. Internal documents provided by SA themselves show they are indeed asking white donors to repent for racial reconciliation.


Thanks for the update Programmer.


The branch of the SA that created that white shaming guidance is called the "International Social Justice Division", they withdrew their 'guidance' today pending an "appropriate review" and the SA is giving us the "we were misunderstood" but also saying aspects of the guide need to be clarified, apparently because we're misinterpreting the meaning of demands like there is "an urgent need for Christians to evaluate racist attitudes and practices in light of our faith" and how we need to "lament, repent and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed" and “stop denying the existence of individual and systemic/institutional racism," and while we're at it, we also need to "stop denying that White privilege exists," and we need to "stop trying to be ‘colorblind" Nothing like shaming me for being whitey while asking for my greenies.


Thanks for the update Billy. It looks like the Salvation Army went "woke", got caught, and are now backpedaling. Mrs. Prodigal and I will be directing any future contributions that were previously earmarked for The Salvation Army to The Samaritan's Purse.


Organizations such as the Salvation Army are ripe plums for leadership infiltration and cooption by Marxists and other collectivist authoritarian oriented groups, so it would not surprise me to see it happening with TSA. That said, the rank and file may not be so eager to buy into the process.

Here is a Newsweek article referring to the possible discord the Salvation Army’s leadership “wokeness” may be causing:


And here is a link to the Salvation Army’s “International Social Justice Commission” outlining their position on issues:


I have no idea what the degree of separation is between The Salvation Army USA and The Salvation Army International, or whether it is or is not relevant to this issue.


Thanks for the information Donald. I hope it's not true, as The Salvation Army has always been one of Mrs. Prodigal's and my favorite charities. I do know, though, that Marxist groups love to infiltrate strong conservative organizations, pollute their mission, and drive them into the ground. The Boy Scouts of America is one prime example of this.


After reading the Newsweek article link that you provided, Donald, I'm inclined to believe that what I heard is true, and The Salvation Army is losing donors because of it. Until this matter is resolved, Mrs. Prodigal and I will likely direct our charitable dollars toward other Christian based organizations like The Samaritan's Purse. We would like to continue supporting The Salvation Army also, but will take a "wait and see" approach as it relates to this issue. Thanks again for the information.


The international Salvation Army page seems to be more "woke" than the US one. Samaritans Purse seems good and Compassion scores well on fund use and helping children.


Thanks again for all the good information Programmer. Happy Thanksgiving!

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