2013-11-21 / Front Page

Red Kettle Campaign To Begin Here

Bell ringers needed for Salvation Army kettle
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Having received such a favorable response last year and raising just over $2,000, organizers of the local Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign are counting down the days until they can ring in the holiday season.

Previously overseen by Sister Margie Monahan of St. Stephen Catholic Church in McConnellsburg, the county Red Kettle Campaign will continue to be headed in the area by former county commissioner and 2012 organizer David Hoover.

According to Hoover, efforts are already well under way to help secure bell ringers for the holiday season. In fact, as of Friday morning, all but 11 of the existing 84 one-hour slots have been filled by church-goers, family, friends and helpful community members.

Except for Sundays, Hoover stated that between December 2 and December 14 bell ringers are needed between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. outside the Save-ALot located in the Penn’s Village Shopping Center. Volunteers are eligible to sign up for a one-hour or multi-hour shift and can include anyone wishing to ring out the year with a little volunteerism and Christmas spirit. Groups and even students wishing to fulfill community service hours for senior projects are welcome to participate, Hoover said.

“It’s good to get the Red Kettle out and visible outside the confines of a church setting,” said Hoover, who added that Red Kettle is a good project for the community as between 92 to 95 percent of the money raised is projected to stay in Fulton County. The Salvation Army further states that around 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.

Having taken root in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle has typically been the Salvation Army’s “most prominent fundraiser.” Nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills help support the nearly 6 million people who are in need of not only food and toys at Christmas but also the 30-plus million Americans needing help with utilities, homelessness, senior and child care, drug-abuse treatment and various social services.

“If you are unable to donate an hour of your time, please make sure you make a financial contribution,” Hoover urged.

Anyone wishing to sign up to be a bell ringer during the upcoming holiday season can contact Hoover by calling 717-485-4628.

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