Red Kettle Campaign winding down

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/21/17

The Salvation Army of Walker County’s Red Kettle Campaign is gearing up for its final few days as it strives to meet this year’s $100,000 goal.

The Red Kettle Campaign will end on Saturday, Dec. 23, instead of the usual Christmas Eve deadline, since Dec. 24 falls on a Sunday this year.

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Red Kettle Campaign winding down

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The Salvation Army of Walker County’s Red Kettle Campaign is gearing up for its final few days as it strives to meet this year’s $100,000 goal.

The Red Kettle Campaign will end on Saturday, Dec. 23, instead of the usual Christmas Eve deadline, since Dec. 24 falls on a Sunday this year.

But Saderia Morman, the executive director for the Salvation Army of Walker County, doesn’t think that will have a big effect on reaching the goal.

“I think a lot of people are going to do their shopping on Saturday and that’s what’s going to knock us out of the park,” as far as reaching the goal, Morman said. “On Sunday, a lot of people are at church and then they’re having their Christmas Eve celebrations and things like that,” so losing that day likely won’t have a negative impact.

As of Wednesday morning, the campaign’s current total was a little over $80,000.

The Red Kettle Campaign is the Salvation Army’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised by the Salvation Army of Walker County, which serves Walker, Winston and Marion counties, will stay at the local office to help those in need in the community throughout the next year. The funds are also used to help the Salvation Army’s social services department, which includes the food bank and angel tree and back-to-school programs.

Kettle coordinator Linda Ingram is still looking for people interested in being bell ringers for the campaign. Over the last month, bell ringers have been stationed around Jasper at Hobby Lobby, both entrances at Walmart, Sons on Ninth Avenue and Winn Dixie. Those interested can contact Ingram at 205-522-3675.

There are also bell ringers in Winston and Marion counties.

Hezikiah Walker is also in need of bell ringers at Walmart in Sumiton. He can be reached at 205-531-4883.

Bell ringers are needed for one hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day through Saturday, when the campaign will officially end that evening at 7 p.m.

Last year’s goal of $85,000 was surpassed with a total of $96,000.

Morman believes the campaign will exceed its goal yet again this year.

“My belief is that we’re going to go over our goal this year and these next few days will push us over that edge,” she said.