When The Bells Stop Ringing

Now that the New Year has been rung in, the ringing of the kettle bells are gone. But the love and generosity that was poured out over the holiday season will continue to spread hope all year long.

One generous donation will go a long way, something the Rosemount firefighter bell ringers were excited about. Because a check for half a million dollars was deposited into their Twin Cities kettle.

Even more surprising than the check amount was the fact that the donors want to remain anonymous. But it was reported they "made the gift in hopes of encouraging others to also stretch their generosity...and were inspired by memories from years ago of relying on discarded food from a grocery store to make ends meet."

What a way to "pay it forward". Their generosity will go a long way because "The Salvation Army serves nearly one person every second."

The Salvation Army has its national headquarters in Washington DC and said this was the single largest donation received anywhere in the country. For more than 130 years, they have provided a range of social services to nearly 30 million Americans each year.  Food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the ill and elderly, as well as clothing and shelter. Their Angel Tree program supplies more than 1 million children with necessities and toys during the holiday season.

But you don't have to have half a million dollars to make a difference! And you don't have to look for kettles or ringing bells.

Because with the new year, comes the new Giv360 app. It's easy and you can do it all year long, not just during the holidays.

By simply clicking the link, you can download the app, sign up your card for free, and the next time you use it at a participating merchant, 5% of your purchase will be donated to the charity of your choice. Whether you choose Salvation Army-Atlanta, Georgia SPCA, American Cancer Society or any of the thousands of other non-profit organizations listed, you'll be donating to a great cause. It happens every time you use your card and you only have to sign up one time.

That's good news, because many times when the bells stop ringing, people forget, even though the need is still there.  By downloading the Giv360 app just one time, you'll be able to help your favorite charity throughout the year every time you shop with a participating merchant.

Do it today and start paying it forward. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.