Once again the Salvation Army has made their annual request for people to help man the Salvation Army kettles in the area for this Christmas.

Again this year they are actually going to pay some people to man some of the kettle if those people meet certain criteria. That’s right, pay people to man the kettles.

What a shame it is that they have to struggle every year to find people to do this on a volunteer basis. So, I took the opportunity to ask a member of the Salvation Army if they asked the very people who use their services throughout the year to help man those kettles? The answer was yes. My next question was “well, are they helping?” and the answer was "some of them are."

In my way of thinking, if the Salvation Army has assisted you throughout the year then why are you at least not giving them a few hours and days of your time to help them raise the very money they need to assist you? The Salvation Army can only ask those people, they can’t make them man a kettle. How frustrating must it be to be a member of the Salvation Army and to see the people who refuse to assist them standing there looking for assistance.

People have a need for assistance because of many reasons, but I am finding it hard to reason why they can’t step up and help themselves and the Salvation Army when the opportunity to man a kettle is waiting for them right now. When they needed help, the Salvation Army was there. When the Salvation Army needs help, where are they?