Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle Campaign

Angelo Anderson
November 15, 2017

The Salvation Army will be kicking off the 2017 Christmas Kettle Campaign Nov. 16 and the community is invited to gather at its Community Life Centre for the celebration.

Local fundraising begins on November 17 at the Marysville Fred Meyer at 10 a.m.

"My parents always wanted us to appreciate the sentiment that 'giving is better than receiving.' That's really become important in my life", Brantley said.

Almost 100 locations around the area are available to The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles this year. All the donations raised in the kettle campaign stay local and are used for the Christmas Assistance Program, along with other programs throughout the year.

"We could be helping with a utility bill or with rent", she said.

In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided the first sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. The Marquette County office is now looking to hire part time bell ringers, or - volunteer bell ringers are also needed.

Numerous options do not require a large investment of time.

"I know when I stand by the kettle there's going to be a family out there that is going to benefit for the two hours I stood by that kettle just like I benefited", said Roche. Larger families are eligible for more assistance, those with children up to age 14 may also receive toys, and senior citizens will receive grocery store gift cards.

Galindo said that many people enjoy getting out into the community this time of year. The tradition was created in 1979 and helps relieve the stress of gift giving for millions of families every year.

Those who want more information on local opportunities should call the Marysville/Tulalip Salvation Army at 360-926-2228.

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