MARQUETTE, Mich (WLUC) - Salvation Army press release:
The Red Kettle results through December 5 are running 11% behind the totals last year at this time for Marquette County.
The main contributors to this shortfall have been the loss of bell-ringing days due to the weather and lack of bell ringers at all locations.
“Many of our kettle locations are not manned, especially through the later hours in the afternoons and evenings” said Captain Doug Winters, Marquette County Corps officer. “We have put out the call both for volunteers and for paid bell ringers, but we still have many locations that are sitting empty.
The community continues to donate as they pass by the Red Kettle, but we just are not available for people to donate.” Many grocery stores have schedules until 6 or 7 PM, and other retail vendors until 8PM.
Last year, the total given to the Red Kettle Campaign totaled $96,182.74, and the goal for this year was raised by 5% to $101,000.
“The need has increased in our communities, as we have seen a 40% increase in the number of food baskets distributed, and a 15% increase in the number of meals served at our two locations,” said Winters.
Many of the local service clubs have volunteered time, as have the Michigan State Police and Marquette County Sheriffs.
The Marquette County Fire Department will ring next week. Many individuals and even TV-6 personalities have also contributed time this year to bell ringing efforts.
The programs of The Salvation Army, based in facilities in Ishpeming and Marquette, focus on serving at-risk people in our communities, some that are homeless or facing potential homelessness. Major services include food pantries, utility assistance, community lunch feeding programs, case management and guidance, and the Christmas toy drive in cooperation with The Mining Journal Cheer Club and other service clubs.
The Salvation Army has operated continuously in Marquette County since 1889.
How You Can Help:
Volunteer to ring by calling 906-226-2241 (Marquette) or 906-486-8121 (Ishpeming).
Continue to donate as you pass a Red Kettle at local merchants.
By Mail, send in a check and designate to Red Kettle efforts: The Salvation Army