Wednesday, November 15 2017 23:59

Do Good Chicago: Be Sure to Help Fill the Kettle this Holiday Season

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This Holiday Wish Guide™ feature is brought to you by The Salvation Army Chicago

The holiday season is an important time here at Rock Father HQ. I often write about holiday traditions, activities and of course, my annual Holiday Wish Guide™. For many families, their wish is simple - to have a roof over their heads and food on the table. The Salvation Army Chicago can help with that - serving communities in Chicago, Northern Illinois, and Lake County, Indiana by providing emergency financial assistance, grocery assistance through local food pantries; educational and recreational programs for children, adults and seniors; in addition to leadership training and character development programs for youth. One thing we make very clear to our daughters is that the season is one of giving, and whenever we see the familiar Red Kettle, The Rock Daughters™ drop some coins and often get a chance to ring the bell.

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For our family, giving back through the Red Kettle is a frequent one throughout the season, but we also contribute through the local food pantry, by purchasing gifts for the Angel Tree at the girls’ school, and perhaps most famously - though my own #RockFatherSanta Holiday Toy Delivery that’s helped provide gifts to our immediate community over the past four seasons. We’ll be doing all of those over the course of the next two months, and I hope that many of you will take the opportunity to do the same within your means.

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This season, #DoGoodChicago - help The Salvation Army help your neighbors. Donations of cash or food are appreciated, but there are so many ways to give. The Salvation Army Chicago website has all the details on how you can participate - from hosting an Online Kettle, to being a Bell Ringer, purchasing gifts for an Angel Tree, donating food, or making a monetary donation to help a family in need.

Christmas has an Army, and you can help to join the fight!


James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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