Salvation Army readying red kettles for annual campaign
“Without volunteers, we’d be lost. They do a wonderful job. Ringing bells helps add to the holiday spirit and helps people want to give. It’s also a reminder to send a check in the mail,’’ said Capt. Kirk Schuetz.
“We really need people to sign up,’’ he said.
The red kettle campaign kicks off Friday, Nov. 16, and continues through 2 p.m. Dec. 24. It raises 35 percent of the local Salvation Army’s $1.4 million annual budget.
Bell ringing shifts run between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Salvation Army welcomes volunteers that include groups, businesses, youth clubs, church groups, schools and individuals.
Money collected will be used by the religious and charitable organization’s programs in Janesville and to support operations that also serve a few outlying communities, Schuetz said.
Among programs are the five-day-a-week meal site that averages a daily attendance of 75, the food pantry and emergency assistance, plus children’s programs, summer camps and transitional housing programs, he said.
Adopt a child from Angel Tree
The Angel Tree, sponsored by the Janesville Salvation Army, can be found at center court of the Janesville Mall, 2500 Milton Ave., starting Nov. 10.
Janesville shoppers can help local children in need at Christmas by stopping by the tree and picking an Angel tag from it. Each tag represents a child and includes age, gender and gift requests.
After buying for the child, shoppers return their new, unwrapped toys to the Angel Tree, and volunteers deliver them to the Salvation Army for distribution Dec. 19, just in time before Christmas.
Each child will get at least two toys along with stocking stuffers. Each family will receive food for a holiday meal.
Last year, 1,200 people received toys and food thanks to the generosity of this community.
Parents who have a child in need and want to receive the help from the Salvation Army should stop in at its community center, 514 Sutherland Ave., or call (608) 757-8300.
If you or your organization is interested in ringing bells for the Salvation Army in Janesville, call Garry Jensen, kettle coordinator, or Jodi Rhodes, volunteer coordinator, at (608) 757-8300 or visit www.janesvillesa.org.
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