Salvation Army Red Kettle season nearly hereBy Susan Cole Nov 17, 2016
The appeal is a joint effort with the local Salvation Army to try and make Christmas a little merrier for those in need.
Laughlin and his family are long-time Red Kettle bell ringers.
"This band has won National, European and worldwide championships and we wanted to showcase that for the people of Derby while also raising funds for good causes".
The money raised goes toward Salvation Army programs.
"The increased demand for meals at our soup kitchen and for food hampers, combined with the increased cost of food, has resulted in a significant budget gap for us this year". The Salvation Army hopes to help between 700 and 800 families across all cities in Jackson County. "We like to try to help out with a lot of great community causes throughout the year, but this is probably one that is the closest to the hearts of everyone here at Gillie Hyde", said Alex Patterson, marketing manager for the auto dealership.
"Our (dollar goal) numbers are comparable to past year because the need has not gone down in our community", said corps Capt. Paul James.
More than 60 pieces of jewelry have been placed in kettles around MA. When the rest of the kettles will be out depends on when there is more customer traffic at those locations, Curran said.
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Bell-ringer shifts are two hours and available from 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Kettles will be at the locations until Christmas Eve.
If you are interested, you can visit here to find an opportunity in your location.
"Many families are still finding it very hard to stay afloat, and we've seen it firsthand in the numbers of people coming to us for help", said Angela Swinehart, field representative. Other toy items also will be added to the Angel Tree boxes before they are distributed to parents and guardians, Whitaker said.
One struggle with last year's fundraiser was there were fewer volunteer bell ringers, so the Salvation Army had to hire 60 bell ringers to make sure the kettles were staffed. This year is her third as president and said the objective of life is to serve others. "I lay my hands on each of these angels and pray for the child they represent".
There are nine Salvation Army Corps (facilities) in ME that offer services and programs for children, adults and seniors.
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