Governor Kicks Off Salvation Army’s State Wide Kettle Campaign
November 12, 2013
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Nov. 12
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – The Salvation Army will kick off its Annual Christmas Kettle effort when Governor Paul R. LePage brings greetings in a brief ceremony to be held at the Statehouse in Augusta on Thursday, Nov. 14, 9:00 a.m.
“For 122 years, Salvation Army red kettles around the world have been linked to the Christmas season and to compassion for the needy,” said Governor LePage. “The heart of Maine beats especially strong this time of year. Mainers are generous people known to help our neighbors and the kettle campaign is one way to help those who need it most.”
The charitable organization expects to have more than 100 red kettles throughout the state on street corners and shopping areas through December 24th. The Salvation Army statewide Kettle campaign goal is $800,000.
Last year, funds donated at these kettles enabled The Salvation Army to provide services and programs to more than 55,000 men, women and children statewide during the holidays and throughout the year.
Major David Dickson, corps commanding officer says, “We invite all community residents to join us in this effort to ensure that families in the communities we serve receive assistance such as food, clothing, utilities and more,” stated Major Dickson.
A Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will also be part of the festivities playing holiday carols.
Other local communities may host their own kettle kick-off event in addition to this statewide kick off.
If you are unable to make it to one of the Salvation Army kettles, please visit www.onlineredkettle.org to make a donation.
For further information please contact Major David Dickson (207) 623-3752 or Patricia James at (207) 774-6304 ext. 232.