Kicking Off Christmas Giving

The familiar red pots will soon pop up in front of area stores. Tonight, the Salvation Army of Western Polk County will kick-off the local Red Kettle campaign with an event at Lakeside Village.

From 6pm to 7pm, as Christmas music fills the air, six teams of local leaders will encourage shoppers to drop spare change, and the occasional helpful bills, to benefit Salvation Army programs.

The event will open with Santa arriving riding the “World’s Largest Kettle” to help light the Lakeside Christmas tree. After the kick-off, the Salvation Army will set up the red kettles at area businesses.

The Salvation Army reports that a portion of the funds collected will “provide gifts and food boxes for thousands children in local families.”

“All of these services are made possible through the generosity of this wonderful community,” says Captain Stan Colbert, Corps Officer. “With the help of our community, we are confident we will reach our 2009 goal of $150,000.00 and be able to reach out in a meaningful way to the less fortunate again this year.”

Those interested in volunteering to help the kettle campaign can call Major Jim Robbins at 863-899-5456.