The sights and sounds of red kettles and bells ringing are once again filling the air now that The Salvation Army Guam Corps has kicked off its new kettle season.
The Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff event was held at 6 p.m. Friday in the Agana Shopping Center.
“The money we raise each year from the red kettles stays in Guam,” Maj. Tom Stambaugh, Salvation Army Guam Corps officer and Micronesia coordinator, said in a statement. “These contributions enable us to continue our year-round efforts to help those in the most need through all of our programs in the community.”
Bell ringers who volunteered with the 2017 Guam Corps campaign helped bring in more than $47,000 in donations, said CJ Urquico, Salvation Army Guam Corps public relations and development coordinator.
This year, red kettles will be set up at 10 sites across Micronesia Mall, Agana Shopping Center, Cost-U-Less, Kmart and Guam Premier Outlets.
According to The Salvation Army, the red kettle campaign is the longest-running fundraising event in the United States, which began in 1891 in San Francisco, California, when Capt. Joseph McFee wanted to find a way to feed 1,000 hungry people on Christmas Day.
McFee placed an iron kettle at the Oakland Ferry Landing with a sign reading, “Keep the Pot Boiling,” and raised enough money to feed the hundreds of people in need of food.
The Salvation Army Guam Corps is still looking for volunteers. Those interested in volunteering can sign up for two-hour time slots by calling 477-9818 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected].
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