The note I’m printing for the kettles of the Salvation Army bell ringers

Greetings! I wish you, the bell ringer, the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of holidays!

I will not be donating to the Salvation Army this year.  Instead I will donate my $50 to a group that has not institutionalized bigotry and ignorance.  These bigotries include:

  • Turning away children who can’t prove their immigration status.
  • Disposing of Harry Potter or Twilight related donations rather than giving them to other charities because you claim that these toys are incompatible with the charity’s Christian beliefs.
  • Opposition to LGBT rights to the extent that they continue to lobby for exemptions from local and federal anti discrimination laws.
  • Refusing to shelter or even call the police for a woman who had been brutally raped because a shelter’s strict “men only” policy.
  • Refusing to provide shelter to a homeless gay couple until they renounced their homosexuality.
  • Firing 20 long-time employees (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and gay) for refusing the sign the organization’s statement of Christian belief.
  • Refusing to provide a transgender woman with shelter that was congruent with her gender presentation, instead insisting she house with men. She chose instead to sleep on the sidewalk and died from the cold.  

Thankfully, there are many charities out there who, because of their bigotries, don’t turn their backs on so many of their neighbors, and who thus are more in tune with the true spirit of the season.


I stole the information shamelessly from autumnyte.  I’ve no idea if this will make even the tiniest of differences, but this gives me something to put in those kettles.

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