Do you know her? I refer to the Salvation Army bell ringer who each year dances and greets the customers at the Stop & Shop in Groton. She is a ball of energy, ringing her bell in the name of Christmas charity. It is a pleasure to see her enthusiasm and cheerful attitude as she asks for whatever the passersby are willing to drop in her red kettle. Everyone I ask knows who I am talking about, and many donate because of her.
The Salvation Army is the only organization I am comfortable giving cash to, knowing it will be used for the purpose given. The Salvation Army quietly and without fanfare appears at any and all locations where help is needed, often next to another charity that has its banners glaring, "Look at us, we are here."
At the same time they redirect donations made in good faith for a particular cause to other uses, all the while paying their employees outrageous salaries.
I know money given to the Salvation Army is going to support the people that need the help the most and that is why they get a donation from me. Rock on bell ringer, rock on!