Dates set for Salvation Army Christmas Assistance sign-up

Andrew Cummings
November 15, 2017

The Salvation Army relies on the money raised through the Red Kettle campaign to provide Christmas to local families in need and to safeguard the well being of the community through year-round programming and social services.

The Salvation Army is hosting a kickoff for its Holiday Bell Ringing Campaign on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 12:15 p.m. "We raised $16,000 past year".

The Salvation Army hopes to raise $175,000 from the kettles this year, part of a $391,000 total Christmas fundraising goal to cover the nonprofit's programs throughout next year.

Leslie Johnson, program coordinator at the Mankato Salvation Army, said groups interested in volunteering for a whole day would be particularly helpful.

If you want to help in other ways, you can volunteer as a bell ringer this holiday season.

"Granting Christmas wishes to children in need is an extremely rewarding initiative", said Denise Yamauchi, Managing Director for Kazi Restaurants of Hawai'i, Inc.

"We have a new program we just launched, our Nourish program, which is helping individuals build life skills and cooking and things like that, and much more, and even summer camps", Sadowy said.

"Many families are still finding it almost impossible to stay afloat financially, and we've seen it firsthand in the increasing number of New Jersey residents who come to us for help", says Major Ivan K. Rock, State Commander of The Salvation Army in New Jersey.

The first red kettles went out Saturday at both Hy-Vee stores, Shopko and Hobby Lobby, while another 10 spots will be added around town by November 27.

Last year, the campaign was able to exceed its goal, and both Sadowy and Roche are hoping to see the same this year.

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