Get ready for the ringing bells of the Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign


The Salvation Army itself goes back to William Booth, who in 1865 took his ministry into the streets of London to reach the poor, homeless, hungry and destitute.

On Giving Tuesday, November 28th, the highly-visible Red Kettle Campaign event will officially launch at four New Jersey Transit locations-including the flagship event at Newark Penn Station-and will feature New Jersey's own two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women's World Cup champion and two-time FIFA Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd, serving as Honorary Kettle Kick-Off Chairperson. Thousands of Salvation Army bell-ringers fan out across the country to ring bells and solicit donations to the iconic Red Kettles from holiday shoppers.

The head of the Salvation Army says this is the one time of year that you'll see them out in public raising money for their many programs.

Rowland is in charge of organizing the effort in 17 MI counties, including Huron.

There are hundreds of shifts that still need to be filled ahead of the campaign that runs until December 23. So many of us have a lot. o many of us don't have very much. "We are always looking". Additionally, The Salvation Army served over one million hot meals statewide previous year.

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The Friday breakfast raised close to $60,000, just short of the organization's goal, but donations are still being collected, Shiflett said.

"It is the biggest contributor to provide our funds that give direct assistance to community members", she said.

"Christmas Kettles is our largest annual fundraiser and it directly supports Community and Family services, all of our programs and services that we have year round", Sadowy said.

Rowland said that amount was spread across 47 households for rent/mortgage payments to avoid eviction and homelessness, utility bills, food vouchers and other various household needs.