SYRACUSE, NY – The Salvation Army Community Centers across Central and Western New York are on the lookout for local realtors to participate in the nationwide Realtor Ring Day on December 4.
“Join other realtors for an hour, several hours or longer. It’s a fun volunteer activity for your entire agency,” said Andrew Sabbaghzadeh of the Salvation Army. “Any amount of time helps The Salvation Army raise funds for Christmas food and toy assistance and helping those in need all year long.”
Realtor Ring Day is a day when real estate professionals across the country unite to staff as many Salvation Army kettles as possible in their local communities.
In Syracuse, kettles at Destiny USA, Shoppingtown Mall, Great Northern Mall and Sam’s Club on Erie Boulevard East will be staffed by local realtors from Realty USA, and Coldwell Banker.
Mark Re, vice president and general manager at Realty USA, has participated in Realtor Ring Day for several years.
“I believe in the mission of The Salvation Army and I am constantly amazed by the number of lives they improve in our community. That’s why I am encouraging all of my colleagues at Realty USA, as well as other agencies and volunteer at the Red Kettles,” he said. “It’s amazing the feeling you get when you ring at a kettle for just a couple of hours. It’s a great chance to interact with lots of people and while helping others in our community. The smiles we see are contagious!”
The Salvation Army’s Realtor Ring Day is in association with the National Association of Realtors.
The event debuted in 2010 with a few hundred real estate professionals bell ringing on a single day in Minnesota and North Dakota.
The event has grown each year, with real estate professionals from 26 states participating this year.
This year, thousands of realtors will all be ringing on Dec. 4.
The dollars raised at each kettle stay in the local community.
The event gives real estate professionals an opportunity to support a cause that is dear to them: housing. Kettle donations also fund additional Salvation Army programs such as food, rehabilitation and youth activities.
To volunteer go to www.realtorringday.com or contact Sabbagzdeh at 434-1395 or [email protected]
Other ways to donate to the Salvation Army include:
• We encourage donors to share their reason for giving at RedKettleReason.org
• The Salvation Army encourages everyone to celebrate Giving Tuesday, December 1 (the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday) by making a donation to a Red Kettle and sharing a personal reason for giving on social media using #RedKettleReason.
Online Red Kettle
• As in years’ past, The Salvation Army enables donors to become online bell-ringers by signing up to host an Online Red Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.org
• Participants can invite friends and family to donate to The Salvation Army on their behalf, and they have the ability to manage and update their virtual kettles and send emails from their mobile device.
• Participants can raise funds for their local community
• For the fifth year in a row, donors can support the national Red Kettle Campaign directly through their mobile phone.
• Donors can text the word “KETTLE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the campaign.
• The donation will appear as a charge on the donor’s next mobile phone bill.
• A one-time donation will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile.
All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission.
About the Empire Division
The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.)
Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States.
Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.