$10,000 kicks off Red Kettle season

November 14, 2018

The Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle campaign Tuesday and received a $10,000 donation from a local CEO.

Sweetwater Sound CEO Chuck Surack gave the donation, the first for this year’s campaign. Officials held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at Sweetwater to outline campaign details. 

This year’s goal is $558,000.

Tim Smith, social service director for The Salvation Army, said the goal includes money that will come from the Red Kettles, Counter Kettles (at business locations), online donations and those in response to appeals made through the mail.

The money raised during the holidays not only funds the Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance programs but is used to provide support for those in need year-round, the organization said in a news release before Tuesday’s announcement. 

“The Salvation Army is committed to those in need. And we need the community of Fort Wayne to demonstrate that same commitment and help us help those in need,” the release said.

The Salvation Army has about 40 locations it would like to staff between paid bell ringers : about 20 : and volunteers, Smith said.

For more information, call 260-744-2311.

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