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Capital Area Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign kicks off

Monday, November 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Stop by any tri-county area red kettle to donate from Nov. 7 through Christmas Eve

The Capital Area Salvation Army officially kicked off its 2016 Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign with a special holiday event on Thursday, Nov. 10 on the plaza of Lansing City Hall in downtown Lansing. The new 2016 Red Kettle Campaign honorary chairperson, Michigan State University baseball coach Jake Boss, Jr., was announced during the festive celebration. This year’s theme is “Home Plate Matters.”

“Every person’s home matters to the Salvation Army. As you know from America’s game of baseball, the goal is to cross home plate - that not only means personal success for the player, but it also means success for the team because that run gets the team one step closer to a win!” said Boss. “It’s the Salvation Army’s mission to help secure home plate for the many people who have come to rely on them to meet their essential needs. I’m honored to be a part of this noble organization.”

The Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign is The Salvation Army's largest fundraising event of the year. The Capital Area Salvation Army hosts an official kickoff event to stress the importance of this season to the organization. Guests and passersby listened to the sounds of Christmas by The Salvation Army brass band and members of the Capitol City Chordsmen. Special presentations were given by Coach Jake Boss, Jr., City of Lansing Public Service Director Chad Gamble and Capital Area Salvation Army Coordinator, Major Alan Hellstrom.  Former radio personality and Salvation Army Advisory Board Member Rich Michaels was the emcee.

“Christmas is the perfect time for all of us to reflect and give thanks for the past year. It’s also a good time to remember those in our community who may need an extra hand this holiday season,” said Hellstrom. “The Salvation Army has been coming alongside people in the tri-county area struggling to afford the necessities for over 100 years. We rely on the generosity of the community to meet these needs – you’re why this season is so important.”

The Red Kettles were out starting the week of Nov. 7 and will run through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Monday through Saturday at local area businesses. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle fundraising campaign goal is $230,000. The overall Christmas fundraising goal is $960,000 which will include the money raised through the red kettles along with various mail appeals. It’s only through the generous donations of our community that the Salvation Army can continue to provide for the needs of our neighbors in the Capital area, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.

If you are looking for ways to get involved either by donating or volunteering, here are a few of the many opportunities that are available:

  • Red Kettles (Nov. 7 – Dec. 24) – put on your smile and ring a bell at a red kettle location near you
  • Adopt-A-Family (Dec. 13, 14) – adopt a family in need who may not otherwise have gifts or a holiday meal this Christmas or volunteer your time by sorting and distributing gifts/food.
  • Food Distribution (Dec. 14) – help distribute food to families in need.
  • Toy Shop (Dec. 15, 16, 19, 20) – help distribute toys to families in need.
  • Holiday community meals – serve food to the community at the annual Thanksgiving (Nov. 21) or Christmas meal (Dec. 19).

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer. If you, your friends, or your family members are interested, please contact Jon Curtis, volunteer coordinator, at 517-482-9715, ext. 28, or email jon_curtis@usc.salvationarmy.org. If you are interested in bell ringing, either as an individual or group, call Jeff Prisner, kettle coordinator, at 517-484-6381.

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