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It’s a new world order…and one of the more disturbing illustrations of the changes taking place in society comes as retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart are deciding to limit access by or bar completely the Salvation Army to their store entrances during the upcoming holiday season.

The reason? These chain stores have “no solicitation” policies, and feel it necessary to apply them across the board to everyone.
KC's View:
This is, of course, an area in which smaller and independent retailers can have a field day – not just hosting the Salvation Army, but doing their best to broadcast the fact that they are doing so when the big guys are not.

As for advice to Target and Wal-Mart in this matter…

Well, having the Salvation Army collecting money for the poor during the end-of-year holidays isn’t as sacrilegious as, say, the money-lenders going to work in the temple. In fact, it is exactly the opposite.

As someone said a long time ago, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not charity, I am like a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”

Maybe Target and Wal-Mart ought to think about the fact that the end-of-year holidays are about more than sales and promotions making the December numbers. In fact, maybe we all do.