Salvation Army gearing up for Christmas kettle campaign

Clay Curtis
November 16, 2019

That show is also the planned debut of the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

But since Goulding has learned a few troubling things about the Salvation Army's history, she has threatened to pull out of the show unless the church and charitable organization makes "a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community".

On Tuesday, the organization said it's a "myth" that they discriminate against LGBTQ individuals and groups.

" I am a fully commited philanthropist as you possibly recognize, and also my heart has actually constantly remained in assisting the homeless, however sustaining an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever deliberately do", she included.

Performers such as Selena Gomez, Keith Urban and Destiny's Child have been featured at the concert, with last year's Meghan Trainor performance marking the beginning of a fundraiser the Salvation Army said brought in $142.7 million in its release announcing Goulding.

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Those looking to volunteer can call the Salvation Army, Cranford said. The Salvation Army has yet to issue any updates on this year's show following Goulding's ultimatum. "Our mission is to the preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human need in His name without discrimination".

The Salvation Army says on its website that it is "committed to serving the LGBTQ community" through shelter, job training, substance abuse help and other programs, adding that it does not consider sexual orientation or gender identity in its hiring practices and that it offers benefits to spouses of employees in same-sex marriages.

Perhaps the most controversial incident involving the Salvation Army and the LGBTQ community occurred in 2013, when a publicist for a Salvation Army branch in Australia seemed to suggest that the organization believed that gay people should be put to death.

During the holiday season, The Salvation Army depends on the community's generosity.

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