UNION–The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles will begin appearing at retailers, malls and grocery stores beginning on Friday, Nov. 18. Donations collected from these kettles during the holiday season are used for food, warm clothing and small toys and gifts at Christmas.
However, they are also a major part of The Salvation Army’s operating budget for programs and services all throughout the year. Youth and senior programs, emergency housing and prescription assistance, emergency disaster services, shelters, food pantries and after-school programs are just examples of how red kettle donations are used.
Volunteer kettle workers provide critical help during four-hour shifts. Individuals, service organizations, churches, school and corporate groups are all welcome to participate and “man” a kettle this holiday season. Call Judith Anderson, The Salvation Army’s Volunteer Coordinator at NJ Divisional Headquarters, 1-908-851-8236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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