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Join the Fight for Good Tour this holiday season

In the U.S. alone, more than 40 million people are living in poverty, with nearly 60% of Americans just a $500 crisis away. Expenses for childcare, car repairs, public transportation, or out-of-pocket health care pile up, and the cycle of living without is hard to break.

This holiday season, millennial author and vlogger Chris Strub is on the road meeting and talking to people who are currently living in poverty and receiving help from The Salvation Army. His goal is to uncover stories and share a better understanding of what need looks like in America, and how people can get involved in their own communities. Through Dec. 15, Chris is traveling to 25 states with a goal of raising $25,000 through his Red Kettle donation page to help families who need it most.

Week four: “You can’t imagine it until you see it,” says Chris of the incredible service that The Salvation Army provides to America’s communities.

Chris wrapped up the last leg of his Fight For Good tour with stops in New Orleans, LA, Atlanta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, Greenville, SC, Charlotte, NC, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Marydel, DE, Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY. From giving out meals to playing bingo with seniors and even participating in a Tae Kwon Doe class, Chris experienced first-hand how The Salvation Army tailors its services to meet the unique needs of each community.

As Chris’ journey comes to a close, help him reach his $25,000 fundraising goal. Every donation will be put to work meeting the needs in your own community.

Week three: “The more that we can share the story of where these donations are going, the more of an impact we can make,” says Chris.

Chris continued his Fight For Good Tour with stops in Indianapolis, IN, Cincinnati, OH, Louisville, KY, Memphis, TN, and Little Rock, AK. Chris spent time with The Salvation Army’s Single Women’s Lodge at the Purdue Center of Hope in Memphis, TN. While there, women shared stories of how the center has given them a sense of hope and possibility. While in Cincinnati, Chris worked with a special group of children at The Salvation Army Learning Center. “A little girl asked me, ‘Did you go where the floods are?’ What the kids really cared about was whether or not I had been where people needed help the most,“ reflected Chris. Help Chris and The Salvation Army by joining the fight for good and helping those in need.

Week two: “One of the best parts of the Fight for Good Tour so far has been meeting people who have completely turned their lives around,” says Chris.

During this leg of the 25-state tour, Chris joined volunteers in Milwaukee, WI, to pack up toys destined for the children of incarcerated parents, noting how moving it was to see how the volunteers and The Salvation Army were making sure each kid would have something to open this Christmas. As Chris’ journey continues, help him reach his $25,000 fundraising goal before the Tour ends on Dec. 15.

Week one: The tour kicked off Nov. 6 in Houston, followed by stops in Oklahoma City, Independence, MO, Des Moines, IA, St. Paul, MN, and Milwaukee, WI. “The experience that struck me the most was probably last Friday in Des Moines,” Chris says. “I had a chance to ride along with one of The Salvation Army’s canteens.” These volunteer-powered food trucks are able to get warm meals to the people who need it most, right where they are.

Check back throughout the tour for more updates from Chris, and visit his donation page to help families such as those he meets along the way.