Salvation Army of Augusta kicks off Red Kettle campaign

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 4:15 PM
Last updated 11:23 PM
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The sounds of small brass bells are resounding throughout the Augusta area as the Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles appear at area stores today.

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Clemson fan Bob Pate (left) chats with South Carolina fan Bob Fowler, during the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign kickoff.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Clemson fan Bob Pate (left) chats with South Carolina fan Bob Fowler, during the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign kickoff.

The annual Red Kettle campaign kicked off with a goal of raising $250,000 from pocket change. The kickoff at Kroger at 2801 Washington Road pitted booster clubs and alumni chapters from several local and Southeast universities against one another in a team competition to collect the most money at the end of Wednesday.

“A little loose change can make a difference and can go a long way and change a life,” said Salvation Army of Augusta Capt. Tony Perez.

Perez joined the competition Wednesday morning, ringing a bell for his favorite football team, the University of Alabama.

Last year, the campaign raised $216,000, Perez said. Donations support holiday programs and year-round services, including a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and a job skills program.

“What I already know about people and what I’ve seen with this community is that when there is a need, they rise up to the challenge and help the Salvation Army make a difference,” Perez said.

Today through Christmas Eve, kettles will be stationed at retail and grocery stores around the Augusta area, including Walmart.

Even more kettles appear the day after Thanksgiving, totaling about 40 for the final weeks.

Bell ringers are needed to staff the kettles eight hours a day, six days a week. Church groups, civic organizations, families and individuals can volunteer for shifts. Volunteers are still needed to cover between 300 and 400 hours, said Katie Atkinson, the Salvation Army of Augusta’s volunteer coordinator.

“In a city this size, it’s very reachable but we need people to step up,” she said.

RING THE BELLS

To volunteer with the Salvation Army, call Katie Atkinson at (706) 434-3185 or e-mail katie.atkinson@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Shifts are available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 4-8 p.m. or 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday to Sat­urday.

Make a donation with loose change, cash or check at any Salvation Army red kettle or online at salvationarmyaugusta.org.

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Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/07/12 - 07:25 pm
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Wow, Just would like to say

Wow,

Just would like to say that the first job I ever had in my chosen field was with the Salvation Army.

This is a charity that asks no questions, and only seeks to help all that seems in need.

I personally don't carry cash or change, but I do contribute each and every year. Don't forget these people. They go out of their way to help each and all.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/08/12 - 07:56 am
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Doing the Most Good
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Doing it efficiently, ethically and as good stewards of your trust. Too often imitated in Augusta, never duplicated. The SA has no fine print saying, "these funds may be used for purposes other that you intend". Be wise in your giving. Volunteer to help with the Christmas Store, it will bless your heart.

Remember, this is not for the Kroc Center. This is for Greene St. Kroc has a trust set up for its facility and there are fees for services.

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