PIQUA – Christmas season is upon us. When it comes to the season of giving, the Red Kettle and bells of the many volunteers who man the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign are nearly as synonymous with Christmas as are Christmas trees and garland.
The annual campaign, signified by volunteers standing at select locations, ringing bells, near the red buckets, is in need of volunteers.
Major Erline May, of the Piqua Salvation Army office said, “The need is greater than ever,” to reach this year’s goal of $40,000.
The Salvation Army campaign is recognized as one of those that keeps a majority of donations right here at home, benefiting our local needs.
Red Kettle locations around Piqua this season include the Miami Valley Centre Mall, Walmart, Kroger, Big Lots, and the United State Post Office.
Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to contact John Camacho at 937-524-5418.
The Salvation Army Red Kettle program began in 1891. Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. He decided to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken.
McFee’s solution to fund the project was to place a pot near the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. He placed a sign near the pot that read, ” Keep the Pot Boiling.” He soon had the money to see that needy families were fed.
Within six years, McFee’s kettle idea had spread as far as Boston. It has since spread around the world.
Everywhere, public contributions through the Red Kettle program allows the organization to continue its year-round programs to help others who would otherwise be forgotten.