What’s Happening: Red Kettle Campaign

The Morning Show

Major Tom McDowell from the Salvation Army joins the Morning Show and in this What’s Happening he is discussing the Red Kettle Campaign which is beginning in Champaign.

The iconic Red Kettle Campaign, which provides nearly 30 percent of the support for Salvation Army community services will kick off with kettles at 21 locations in Champaign County through December 23

Whether in a large scale disaster like Puerto Rico or a sudden personal crisis due to medical expense or loss of a job, Salvation Army is already in place to help by providing food, clothing, emergency transitional housing or other temporary assistance to help those in need put their lives back together.

Eighty-two cents of every dollar contributed to Salvation Army goes to direct services for veterans, the elderly, and families or individuals struggling with job, food or housing insecurity. The money raised in the local kettle campaign supports those services in Champaign County.

Kettles will be out from approximately 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at locations in Champaign-Urbana, Rantoul, Mahomet, and St. Joseph, Monday through Saturday, Nov. 17 through Dec. 23 (no Sundays.)
It takes nearly 7,000 ringer hours to cover all the kettles. Volunteer ringers can sign-up online at www.ringbells.org.
Local businesses can support the effort by hosting small counter kettles near their registers.

In addition to year-round services such as the daily (weekday) food pantry, Salvation Army conducts a large Christmas Toy Shop, giving away thousands of new toys with support from the Carle Toy Drive, Toys for Tots, and other community support.

For more info: Tom McDowell 278-9213 or Dick Barnes 369-9591

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