Press Release: Salvation Army
Tallahassee, Fla. (November 14, 2013) – After settling into their new facility, The Salvation Army in Tallahassee is ready to kick-off its Red Kettle Campaign and Angel Tree Program on Monday, Nov. 18.
Traditionally, The Salvation Army’s bell ringers in Tallahassee at their red kettles, help generate significant support for programs community-wide.
Salvation Army Captain Julio Da Silva said the success of many new community programs slated to begin the first of next year, is directly related to the success of this year’s Red Kettle campaign because the kettle campaign is a gift that brings HELP, HOPE and HEALING through life changing programs to the hurting souls throughout the year.
The campaign begins November 18, and will continue through December 24. Red kettles will be stationed at over 30 locations in Leon county. Each Red Kettle needs a bell ringer, so those with a positive attitude and a desire to help the less fortunate are encouraged to volunteer to become bell ringers. Organizations such as youth groups, churches, businesses, fraternities and sororities, and civic groups are also encouraged to volunteer to ring bells throughout the season.
“We have so many plans for important programs at our new community center,” Da Silva said. “The largest portion of our yearly budget comes from this campaign. We want the community to be involved with us to make these programs a reality.” He added, “It might seem like a drop in the bucket to you, but to us…it is help for the hungry, for the poor and the homeless, and for the lonely and afraid.”
Along with the opening of kettle season, the Salvation Army will also kick-off the opening of the Angel Tree program. After more than three weeks of community registration, there are more than 1,000 local children that are available for adoption by members of the community. The Angel Tree is located inside The Governors Square Mall in front of JCPenney. Volunteers will remain at this location during all hours of operation at the mall, until all the “angels” in the program have been adopted.
“We want to bring spiritual light and love to those we serve at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten,” stated Da Silva. “By God’s grace and the blessings of our incredible supporters and volunteers, we can provide basic necessities, food, clothing, shoes, and toys for hundreds of families in need this year.”
“Although our visibility is more heightened during the holidays, it is important for the community to know that our Army’s programs are ongoing. We don’t just hand out a blanket and a cup of coffee to a needy person. We want to give them a hand up… to get them back on their feet and into a productive and fulfilling role in life.”
The kick-off will be begin at 10:00 am, and will be held at The Salvation Army’s new center, located at 2410 Allen Road, off Monroe Street, one block north of The Tallahassee Mall.
The Red Kettle Kick-Off will also feature the debut of Captain Kettle, The Tallahassee Salvation Army’s new Red Kettle mascot.
Starting at 10:00am, events will proceed as follows:
• The Salvation Army of Tallahassee Band plays musical selections
• Comments by Salvation Army of Tallahassee Administrator Captain Julio Da Silva
• Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the kettle stand
• Ceremonial first donation of the season made by Salvation Army of Augusta Advisory Board Chairman.
The Salvation Army is community supported, and we cannot do this without your help. For more information on how you can help The Salvation Army in Tallahassee call (850) 222-0304.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.