Lions donate $3,000 from Old Newsboys Sale to Salvation Army

Courtesy Photo Pictured above are Major Kevin Cedervall of the Salvation Army, Randy Boboltz of the Alpena Lions Club, center, and bell ringer Tim Hart.

Officers and volunteers of the Salvation Army enjoyed an exciting start this year’s Red Kettle kickoff. The kickoff of the annual fundraising efforts to raise $170,000 throughout Alpena was held on Nov. 10.

At the event, a member of the Alpena Lions Club walked up to the iconic Red Kettle and presented a check for $3,000 to help start off the Christmas season for the Salvation Army. Randy Boboltz said the money was raised as part of the Lion Club’s annual Old Newsboys Sale and that club members helped “round up” the amount to an even $3,000.

The Lions raised money throughout Alpena in a joint effort with The Alpena News by selling a parody newspaper. Each year, the Lions sell the newspaper written, printed and donated by The Alpena News, and then in turn donate all the proceeds to the Salvation Army for the purpose of supporting efforts to better the community.

“The Salvation Army is so appreciative of all the Lion’s Club does to help us out all year, but especially this Christmas donation to help us get off on the right foot towards our goal,” said Major Kevin Cedervall.

Anyone interested in helping the Salvation Army reach its Christmas fundraising goal is invited to volunteer to ring the bell or send a donation in the mail, call the office or simply drop a donation in any of the Red Kettles manned outside local stores.