Anonymous donor drops $10k in Salvation Army kettle

Andrew Cummings
December 8, 2017

Fans unable to attend the bell ringing events on Friday can still support The Salvation Army by texting "REDWINGS" to 41444 and selecting one of the four groups to support in the competition.

State Rep. Laura Devlin and state Rep. Brenda Kupchick ring the bell as volunteers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign outside Stop & Shop, 1160 Kings Highway Cut-off, December 2.

The donations will help the Salvation Army provide almost a million meals over the holidays.

The paint shop initially was given gift orders for 100 children, but provided even more than that and the cash donation.

"My husband was on angel tree when he was a kid so we made a decision to give back and, instead of us buying each other gifts, we bought gifts for someone in need", said one woman.

Martin's Food Markets donated $14,000 in gift cards to the Salvation Army. The last two years, the donation has been as much as $1,000.

"It impacts our community", said Pardella. "I'm sure that there are some people that we can reach with the help from Giant". "So, we figured out specific needs that we could involve the school with and they are helping with long-sleeved shirts for toddlers and crayons/markers".

And that's even though the Salvation Army will pay some ringers for their fund-raising efforts - $7.75 an hour for up to 40 hours a week, Acosta said. Still to come are UAW Local 1112's annual Care and Share food distribution at the union hall and the Toys for Kids event sponsored by UAW Local 1714. Specifically, a volunteer for the Angel Tree project is needed for next year for the Mansfield area.

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