The Salvation Army of Wake County will kickoff its traditional Red Kettle Campaign tomorrow, November 27, at Noon on the steps of the Wake County Courthouse on Fayetteville Street. Miss North Carolina and Miss Garner will be in attendance to share the Red Kettle’s history. Also attending will be RPD Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, members of the Raleigh City Council and CountyCommissioners. Additionally, the participants from the Kettles on Parade will be there to show off their creative kettles.
The kickoff marks the beginning of the traditional Red Kettle Campaign, as volunteers and representatives begin “ringing the bell” for holiday donations to The Salvation Army at stores all across the WakeCounty. The need for Christmas donations is greater than ever this year, as the Salvation Army registered over 8,700 children for its Angel Tree program. The Salvation Army hopes to see an increase in kettle donations to meet this increase in need. To add to the concern, the bell ringing season is a week shorter than previous years due to date of the Thanksgiving holiday. “One week does not seem like that much difference, but it can mean the difference of $50,000-$65,000 that would go to help families in WakeCounty,” says Director of Operations and Communications, Paige Bagwell. Bagwell continues, “We look to our neighbors for support, whether that is putting your change into the kettle or volunteering your time to ring the bell.”
Some have already shown their support by signing up for Kettles on Parade, which serves as an opportunity for individuals, families and groups to decorate a kettle to represent what is important to them, be it a Salvation Army program or specific cause. “We wanted to give people the option to personal a kettle and share what is important to them,” says Director of Public Relations, Lizzy Adams. This can be seen with each kettle. One is decorated with food labels and tiny calendars to encourage the idea that food donations are need all year round. Thousands of volunteers will help keep the bell ringing this holiday, staffing almost 50 kettle locations across the county. Sign up to ring the bell here!