Salvation Army continues toward Red Kettle fundraising goal

Since 1888 The Salvation Army has been serving Alpena County. This year is no different but more critical. Due to the economy and other national issues the need for assistance continues to grow.

To date, The Salvation Army will be serving over 160 families/individuals and 373 children and they are not done with the distribution.

“Christmas is a critical time for many people including The Salvation Army. The Red Kettle Fundraiser is our largest fundraiser of the year. We use the funds to serve the community throughout the year. Essential programs are funded by this fundraiser.” Major Prezza Morrison, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army, said.

At this point, The Salvation Army has raised $107,557 68% of its $158,000 goal to help “Hope March on” to local families and individuals. On Dec. 17, a generous anonymous donor dropped cash in five kettle locations totaling $2,000.

The four one hundred-dollar bills were folded and held with a paperclip.

“We were so excited to see these bills appear again this year. We were concerned whether they could continue to give in this way. We thank them for giving from their hearts to assist us in giving hope to others,” Morrison said.

This year The Salvation Army is asking for help to reach their goal with a kettle challenge.

“We would like to have all locations and times filled with volunteers Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.” Morrison said. “This would give a special Christmas gift to our hired bell ringers and save the expenses so the income can be used to assist those in need.”

To volunteer to ring as a family, service organization, a business or individual you can go to registertoring.com Choose your site, day and time or call Morrison at (989) 358-2769 Ext. 12.

Volunteer to ring for two-hour, or more, time slots. Two stores are already filled. The kettle stands this year include a “touchless” giving option for Android, PayPal, and iPhone. Just tap or take a picture of the small sign with the phone giving emblems.


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