For many of us, the clock is ticking on our countdown to Christmas.
Maybe you've got a few last-minute gifts to buy or wrap. Maybe Santa has a few more stops to make. Maybe you've got some major grocery shopping to do to prepare for your guests. Or maybe you've got to prepare for traveling over the river and through the woods.
Regardless, the Salvation Army of Milwaukee County has a more urgent Christmas countdown, and the good folks there could use your help.
With only four days left before the Red Kettles retire until next Christmas, the local Salvation Army is still $1.3 million behind in it's $2.7 million goal.
"We're thankful for the donations we have received to date. Reaching our Red Kettle Christmas goal is critical to providing much-needed shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry and Christmas assistance for families in great need," said Major Roger Ross, Salvation Army Milwaukee County Commander.
The Salvation Army operates 84 seasonal and year-round programs and services to families living in Milwaukee County.
In 2010, the Salvation Army provided:
- 132,439 meals to homeless individuals and families
- 66,813 nights of lodging to homeless individuals
- 96,572 toys to children of low-income and unemployed families
This year, the Salvation Army is prepared to provide more than 100,000 toys this Christmas to area children.
Donations can be made at Red Kettles through Christmas Eve, by texting 'Give' to 80888 to make a $10 donation or by visiting SAmilwaukee.org to make a donation with your smart phone or online.
I'm also hearing the local food pantries could use an extra boost to meet the urgent needs out there. If you can spare some talent or treasure, they could sure use the help.
While I'm at it, I'd like to take care of a couple of Christmas errands of my own. In the past couple of years, I have passed along some of the best holiday videos produced by Milwaukee public relations/advertising/marketing companies.
This year, through the Twittersphere, Matt Waller at Laughlin Constable in Milwaukee provided this video.
Priya Barnes of Creatonomy in Milwaukee sent along this video.
Andy Larsen and the folks at Boelter Lincoln put this video together.
Marilyn, Phil and Jessica Vollrath, along with their staff, show off their ugly Christmas sweaters here.
Bruce Gibb and Rich Schmig at Plum Moving Media in Milwaukee get a silver star for bringing their crew to life in this one.
But the winner - hands down – (even though the shower scene is about five seconds too long) has to be Ward Alles, Beth Crivello, Dana Carpenter, Colin Deval and the rest of the team at Core Creative, as they introduce a new product into the market here.
As a bonus, I'm tossing in this Christmas video by Marquette University's Gold 'n Blues a cappella group singing "Oh Holy Night." You can listen for free, and if you download the songs on iTunes, all proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Miilwaukee.
1 comment about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Steve Jagler
Published July 23, 2014
If you do a Google search for the phrase "bowling is a dying sport," you will discover that folks have been predicting the demise of keggling since the dawn of the digital age.
Published July 18, 2014
The Milwaukee Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force invited business leaders from Oklahoma City, Denver and Cleveland to discuss a new arena, mass transit and other infrastructure projects in Milwaukee.
Published July 9, 2014
Though it may seem counterintuitive, there are times when the customer is not worth the drama, and the customer must be fired.
Published June 25, 2014
Kay Plantes, an MIT-trained economist, author and expert on business model innovation, recently predicted the next big wave of innovation in health care.
Published June 11, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted to open up recently proposed rules concerning the future of the Internet for public comment. The changes could end net neutrality.
Published May 29, 2014
To many of my colleagues in the baby boom generation, the rising generation of millennials is a mystery.
Published May 15, 2014
Could Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Energy Corp. or Madison-based Aliant Energy Corp. become takeover targets for renowned investor Warren Buffett? Possibly, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg.
Published April 30, 2014
When Harry S. Dennis III walked into the room, more times than not, he was the smartest guy in that room. So it is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that I inform OnMilwaukee.com readers that Harry passed away on Sunday, April 27, from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.
Published April 22, 2014
After a national search, Marquette University decided that the best candidate to be its next president was sitting in an office five miles across town. Sources said it was Marquette that pursued Michael Lovell, rather than the other way around. After all, Lovell will leave behind a strong legacy of achievement at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Published April 18, 2014
Sheboygan-based Johnsonville Sausage LLC says it is "as much amused as it is surprised" that the European Union, in negotiating the terms of a new trade deal with the United States, is pushing to trademark several different foods - including bratwurst - that have originated in an EU country.