December 11, 2012

OUR VIEW: Don't forget those red kettles

The Salvation Army needs your help this year.

As of Monday afternoon, the organization’s annual red kettle campaign had raised about $60,000, or 43 percent of its $140,000 goal. A year ago at this time, the campaign was at 48 percent.

“This is a crucial time,” Maj. Rose Eagle said in a telephone interview Monday.

This community has always stepped up to meet the need. Now is the time to do it again.

The red kettle campaign is a Christmas tradition dating back more than 120 years. The first bell ringer stood next to a kettle in San Francisco in 1891.

Knowing the good work the organization did throughout the year, San Francisco residents filled the kettle with coins.

Soon, other Salvation Army organizations picked up on the idea, and before long, the campaign had become the organization’s primary fundraiser.

The money raised through the red kettle campaign supports much of the work the Salvation Army carries out throughout the year. Your contributions help to pay rent and utilities for families in crisis, and they help to support after-school programs and summer camps. They provide food and toys at Christmas, but they also provide care for senior citizens and children, and they support drug abuse treatment.

If the organization fails to make its goal, that work will simply have to be scaled back, and that would be especially unfortunate at a time when many local families are struggling to make ends meet. The help the Salvation Army provides has seldom been more needed.

The Salvation Army needs your help to continue its important work. Please do your part. As you pass a bell ringer, drop what you can into the kettle.

And speaking of bell ringers, the organization is short of volunteers this year. If you’d like to help out, call the Salvation Army to sign up.

The campaign will run through Christmas Eve.

Want to help?

In addition to the various kettles, donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army office at 615 Heath St., or they can be mailed to the Salvation Army, PO Box 266, Logansport IN 46947. To sign up for one or more shifts as a bell ringer, call the Salvation Army at 574-722-1979 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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