Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign kick off
Want to be an angel this year and grant the wish of one? Well, you can do just that as the Salvation Army launches this year’s Angel Tree Program and Red Kettle Campaign, giving people a chance to donate their time, money, or to help purchase the wish list of needy children in our area through their Angel Tree Program.
Bells are ringing across South Mississippi as the Salvation Army launches its Red Kettle Campaign. Major August Pillsbury said, “Kettles, they even start today. Tomorrow is the grand kick off, of course, and then next week it just goes into full gear. We’ll have the kettles out at most of the big businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
The public is invited to help the Salvation Army light up the holiday season at an official kick off at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi Saturday at 11 a.m., the official launch of this year’s Red Kettle Campaign. Salvation Army Spokesperson Morgan Shiyou said, “That’s where we’re going to adopt an angel off the tree and hear from our Kettlethon Chair Windy Swetman. We’re also going to award the fire and police departments who rang bells last year. We’re also going to have a food barrel out because we are in need of food so people can come out and donate cans. Just grab something out of your pantry on your way to go Christmas shopping.”
Topping the Salvation Army’s wish list is granting the requests of more than six hundred children throughout South Mississippi who qualified for this year’s Angel Tree Program. Major Melissa Pillsbury said, “Businesses can call and say they want to adopt 25, 50 angels or however many angels they think their company can handle or they can come ask us to put a tree in their business as well and allow the public to come and choose angels or they can go by any of our locations where we have an angel individually and pick up angels as well.”
While the Salvation Army has set their sights high, they’re putting their faith into action, expecting miracles, especially after last year’s bell ringing world record was broken in Biloxi. “We’re hoping for that. We’re looking for the Lord to bless in a mighty, mighty way this year.”