The campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser of the year and runs through December 23.
Local fundraising begins on November 17 at the Marysville Fred Meyer at 10 a.m. Shifts are available for a couple of hours, or regularly throughout the season, depending on how much time volunteers have to give.
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.
At The Salvation Army’s local volunteer meet and greet she said she offers her time because more than six decades ago, The Salvation Army helped her when she was just a little girl. 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. NorthPark Center Angel Tree patrons have helped more than 40,000 North Texans.
“One Christmas Eve, when we didn’t have anything, The Salvation Army came and brought food and toys and candy and I thought one day I have to do something”, said Roche.
In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided the first sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Larger families will be given more.
If groups, clubs or businesses also want to sponsor a bell ringing site for the day, their logo can be included on the kettle’s sign as well, said Galindo.
The Salvation Army is accepting applications for holiday assistance from families of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.