Doesn’t a cookout sound good right now? You know the kind where the entire neighborhood comes together to spend time eating hamburgers, talking, listening to music, and playing games outside? We think so… That’s why we’re hosting our very first Red Kettle Cookout on May 12, 2011 and inviting you to join the fun!

One of the wonderful things about cook-outs is that everyone who comes brings a little something different. The Salvation Army is a bit like that, too.

When people like you and organizations like yours contribute to The Salvation Army, we’re able to put your unique contributions to good use by helping people and families with diverse needs. Thanks to you, children who need homes are given shelter; families which need a financial burden lifted are given support; adults who struggle with addictions are given a chance to overcome them; and people escaping abuse are given protection. The Salvation Army is a church and a social service organization–all of your gifts are used to serve others. This means everything we do through you helps bring hope and lasting change to the people we serve. That’s quite a powerful cookout!

The Red Kettle Cookout provides us with an opportunity to share what we’ve done together in Indiana for the past 128 years and what we continue to do with your support 365 days a year. It also gives us a chance to invite more people to get involved. And, yes, it also gives us a chance to enjoy good music, delicious food, and our wonderful community! Admission is free and food and drink tickets are available for purchase.

This event takes place rain or shine from 10 am to 2 pm at University Park downtown – right across from the Indianapolis Star building.