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Red Kettle Drive begins

                                                                                                                           Photo by Christy Porter
Volunteering three times a year is something Licking native Lois Floyd enjoys doing since her retirement. “I love doing it, especially for this cause,” she said, about the Salvation Army.

By Christy Porter
Managing Editor
The Salvation Army Red Kettle drive began Monday, Nov. 25, at the Town & Country Supermarket in Licking and continues through Christmas Eve. Red Kettle hours this Christmas season are Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Volunteers to man the kettle are needed during those same hours, to work in two hour shifts. Licking’s goal this year is $6,500; with the Texas County goal being $20,000, which includes local donations.
The military-structured “Army for God” helps individuals and families throughout the year when other subsidized help is not available. Eighty-five percent of locally raised contributions stays local, with the remaining 15 percent going to divisional headquarters, who stand ready to help when local disasters necessitate it.
Please consider making it an individual or family Christmas tradition to help not only with your generous donations but also by volunteering your time to man the world famous Salvation Army Red Kettle. Contact Paul Meier at 573-674-3411 or Linda Roberts at 573-201-1729 to volunteer.

Where did the Red Kettle originate?
In December 1891, Captain Joseph McFee of the Salvation Army in San Francisco, Calif., wanted to provide dinner for 1,000 poor people but did not have the funds to do so.

Remembering a large charitable donation pot used in Liverpool for collections, he received permission to do likewise at the Oakland ferry landing. His sign read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” Contributors did and dinner was provided.

The fundraising kettle idea expanded to the East Coast where it became the Christmas Salvation Army Red Kettle. The tradition spread throughout the United States and to many of the 126 countries the Salvation Army serves in across the world. (Paraphrased from www.salvationarmyusa.org).

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