The official kickoff for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign came yesterday at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day Game, and now the Boise Salvation Army could use you as a volunteer.  Get the kids involved and ring the kettlebell as a family!

We'll be seeing those buckets outside of our favorite stores around the Treasure Valley through Christmas, and instead of walking by as quickly as possible without making eye contact, maybe it's time we all signed up to volunteer and see what it's like to ring the bell for two to three hours straight.

Over the past few years, I've seen kids out there ringing bells with their parents, and I think that's such an awesome idea.  Before they get spoiled with games and electronics, let them experience giving back.  It keeps everything in perspective.

Just contact our local Salvation Army chapter to get involved.  There are opportunities to ring bells in Boise, Caldwell, and Nampa.  On a national level, about 3.3 million people volunteer with the Salvation Army each year, and the time that they need the most volunteers is between now and Christmas.

I always feel a little guilty and selfish if it's all about me and my own family, and volunteering with the Boise Salvation Army is one way to make that feeling go away.  Plus it gives us all the chance to get out and see how generous and awesome the Treasure Valley really is.

(And we may learn exactly how many people don't carry cash.  In that case, there are opportunities to donate online.)

Get the kids involved, and this could become a great new holiday tradition.