PIQUA — The Piqua Salvation Army launched the holiday giving season with its Red Kettle Kickoff and Angel Tree placement Nov. 8, at the Miami Valley Centre Mall.
Greene Street United Methodist Church preschoolers and the Salvation Army Worship Band provided holiday music as community members in attendance sang along.
This year’s fundraising goal for the red kettles is $120,000.
“The money raised in the kettles makes it possible to offer a hand up throughout the year to families in our community who are encountering financial difficulties,” said Maj. Robert Lee Kramer, Salvation Army Corp officer.
Kramer explained that support for those in need is offered in the form of food for Christmas dinner, toys/gifts for children 12 and under, utility assistance, prescription assistance, personal needs/hygiene pantry supplies (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, dish detergent, laundry detergent, etc.), as well as the summer feeding program for children, and other services throughout the year.
Salvation Army red kettles, angel trees and toy donation boxes are being placed in generous businesses throughout Piqua and the surrounding area. The kettles are staffed primarily by volunteers who support the Salvation Army’s mission of serving the poor.
To learn more about the Piqua Salvation Army and/or to donate directly, please call (937) 773-7563, or visit the office at 129 S. Wayne St.