Red kettle drive nets $61,000

February 2, 2019

It is normal to see a Salvation Army Red Kettle around the holidays, to walk by volunteers ringing bells next to one at local stores.

The city of Watertown raised a total of $61,045.67 during the 2018 Red Kettle Campaign, which includes the mail campaign. The red kettles raised $38,674.89 and the entire amount raised in Jefferson County was $85,646.

The total amount raised in the 2017 campaign, including the mail campaign, was $59,498 in Watertown.

Marie Miller, volunteer coordinator of the Watertown Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, said there has been an increase in local red kettle donations over the years.

“Although the annual needs exceed the total yearly campaign donations, we continue to provide a valuable support service,” Miller said. “Donations are used to help individuals and families with rent, utilities and emergency lodging.”

Miller said the Salvation Army service would not be complete without the volunteers and local businesses.

“Without the continued support of the many businesses, their employees and the patrons who welcome us and contribute to the annual appeal, the local Red Kettle Campaign would not be successful,” Miller said. “I am grateful to my many fun-loving, loyal volunteers, the local business support and the generous benefactors.”

“Marie does a wonderful job in recruiting our volunteers to ring at the red kettles during the season of the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Jennie Fox, board member of the Watertown/Jefferson County Salvation Army.

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