Friday, 24 November, 2017

Red Kettle campaign nearing

Sgt.-Maj. Fred Courtney of the Glace Bay Salvation Army prepares kettles for the upcoming red kettle campaign Sgt.-Maj. Fred Courtney of the Glace Bay Salvation Army prepares kettles for the upcoming red kettle campaign.- Sharon Montgomery
Stacy Diaz | 15 November, 2017, 04:06

The first red kettles went out Saturday at both Hy-Vee stores, Shopko and Hobby Lobby, while another 10 spots will be added around town by November 27.

"We always help between 400-500 at Christmas", said Sgt. -Maj. Thousands of Salvation Army bell-ringers fan out across the country to ring bells and solicit donations to the iconic Red Kettles from holiday shoppers.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, left, Mel Sheldon Jr. of the Tulalip Tribes, center, and Salvation Army Lt. Col. Harold Brodin at last year's Salvation Army's kettle kick off for the holiday season on November 18, 2016.

Huron County will begin its campaign on Friday at the Bad Axe Wal-Mart, and it will run through December 22. Funds collected during the campaign will provide for families and individuals across the state during the holiday season and year-round, sustaining the vital programs and services from The Salvation Army that help people in need manage their daily lives.

For Carol Roche, who started volunteering with the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign in 2006, she has seen how important the services are, from both sides of the kettle.

This year there are almost 140 volunteers ready to assist with the kettles.

Numerous options do not require a large investment of time.

"When I was young, really small, I came from a dysfunctional and poor background, the one particular memory that I have that stands out in my mind is one Christmas", Roche said.

If groups, clubs or businesses also want to sponsor a bell ringing site for the day, their logo can be included on the kettle's sign as well, said Galindo.

"To be able to give to others is a big part of Christmas for a lot of people".

Still, the Salvation Army is hoping to reach its Huron County goal this season of $18,000.