Salvation Army kicks off red kettle holiday campaign

Angelo Anderson
November 17, 2017

"It is really important because it supports people in our community who really are struggling financially or with other issues in their lives", said Gail Kromm, Community Engagement Manager for the Salvation Army in Thunder Bay. "With more individuals and families coming to us for help than ever before, please don't forget to give to The Salvation Army red kettles this season". For the next month, the familiar ring of a bell can be heard at numerous locations around Lufkin for those who wish to donate to the Red Kettle Campaign.

In Chemung County, The Salvation Army starts it's season on Friday evening.

Last year, the Salvation Army's Community Life Centre on Rutland Road saw 2,400 individuals and families pass through its doors looking for help in a variety of ways. She said there are now 5,000 hours to fill during the upcoming campaign.

For Berryville Mayor Patricia Dickinson, the sight of a bell ringer makes her think of Christmas and helping her neighbors.

"We are a nation that loves peace, that cares about our neighbors, that wants to see that everyone in our community is taken care of", Dickinson said.

The Salvation Army kicks off another Red Kettle Campaign with a major kickoff event at Festival Foods on South Taylor Drive.

On Thursday, the annual kick-off event was held with many local dignitaries on hand to celebrate with a symbolic mass "jingle". And that's where the Salvation Army is determined to step in and lend a hand. She urged the more than 30 people gathered near the Apple Blossom Mall's food court to donate to the campaign, stating that the Salvation Army "can't do their work unless we do our part".

In Lufkin, the Red Kettle Campaign will run from today until December 23 at places such as Walmart, Sam's Club, Walgreens, Brookshire Brothers, Hobby Lobby and Belk.

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