Salvation Army kicks off annual kettle fundraiser
By MEGHAN PITTMAN The Brunswick News
If you start your Christmas shopping this weekend, take special care to listen to the ringing of the bells.
The bells of the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive signifies a call to action. There's need in the community, and the money collected in the red kettles helps feed and house the homeless and give them a helping hand.
After a warm up last Saturday, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive will be out in full force this weekend. Red Kettle locations will ring around the Golden Isles from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. now until Christmas, said Salvation Army Capt. Scott Lyles.
"They're out there ringing at the mall and other places around town," Lyles said.
Last weekend's outing helped the organization kickstart the effort, raising $3,100 towards its $80,000 goal.
Last year the organization fell short of its $85,000 goal.
All money raised goes toward the local Salvation Army's operations.
"We didn't have all of our locations out yet, but it went really well," Lyles said about last Saturday's debut. "Now the kettles will be out there every day but Sunday... and we're trying to get a few more locations involved."
Another holiday program the Salvation Army sponsors, the Angel Tree, also kicks off this weekend.
"Angels" will be displayed on Christmas trees inside center court at Glynn Place Mall, and members of the community are encouraged to adopt one.
Each lists a Christmas wish list of a child from infant to 12 years old.
"We have about 150 of them left that are displayed on the trees in the mall," Lyles said.
Gifts purchased should be returned to the Salvation Army office or to the Glynn Place Mall.
This year's Angel Tree program will serve 1,075 children in the community.
Lyles asks that the items be returned by Dec. 8 so the Salvation Army has time to wrap them and give them to the families before Christmas.
Those with questions or who wish to adopt a child from the Angel Tree or sign up for a time to ring bells can call the administrative office at 265-9381 or visit www.redkettlevolunteer.org.