The local Salvation Army will be kicking off their Red Kettle fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to bring attention to the red kettle. This event is free to the public.
Susie Waddell, who has been the director of the local Salvation Army for about three months now, said the red kettle campaign is their biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year, $13,000 was donated; they exceeded their goal of $12,000. This year’s goal has been set at $16,000.
Red kettle proceeds are used to fund services such as giving out food, clothing vouchers and financial assistance (rent, electric bill, etc.).
“We’re for emergency services only,” Waddell said.
She stated that the local store is based solely on donations. She said they need daily donations, as well as donations for the red kettle fundraiser.
“All of our money stays locally,” stated Scott Goodman, Salvation Army board chairman.
He said at Saturday’s kick-off, there will be fun activities for children, such as bouncy houses and face painting, and they will also have a chance to take a photo with Santa. He noted that local firefighters will be present at the event as well.
In addition, the Salvation Army will be having a storewide sale and sidewalk sale. Door prizes will be given away every 30 minutes (you have to be present to win).
“The first 300 people will get a hot dog, drink and popcorn,” Goodman stated.
He added that those who bring in a donation (food item, clothing, money, etc.) will be registered to win a full-size, decorated Christmas tree. The drawing will be at 1:30 p.m. (you do not have to be present to win).
Red kettles will be out in the community beginning at Piggly Wiggly on Nov. 20-21, and then they will be out in full force at other local businesses, including Walmart, on Black Friday, Nov. 23, through Christmas Eve.
Waddell stated that they need volunteers to be bell ringers. She noted that any civic group, including local singers, would be great bell ringers to help draw attention to the red kettle for donations.
Anyone interested in being a bell ringer can contact Waddell or Red Kettle Coordinator Shelia Harris at 386-1503. Waddell said local businesses that would be interested in being a sponsor to have a red kettle placed at their store can contact them as well.
The local Salvation Army is located at 1205 U.S. Highway 82 E. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
For more information on the Salvation Army, visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.
To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.