The Salvation Army has played a significant role in the holiday season since it's beginnings in 1891. The red kettle with its bellringers is one of the most recognizable sights and sounds of the holidays. The message for the Salvation Army has never changed, they are spreading the word of God and meeting human needs wherever they exist.

To support this mission and to attempt to raise $80,000 in one day, here in Sioux Falls, all of us are asked to join in the "Salvation Army $20 Challenge" this Saturday, December 14. All-day long, anytime you drop a $20 bill in a red kettle, that twenty dollars become $100, courtesy of One American Bank and several anonymous donors in the area.

The greatest need facing the Salvation Army right now is monetary donations which will be used to provide social services ranging from medical care to food and housing subsidies, disaster relief, and more.

This Saturday's event is a great example to all of us, of the power of giving - -together.

For more information, to volunteer, or just to give, see the Salvation Army online, on Facebook, call John Mogen at 941-6341, or Major Marlys Anderson at 338-6649.