Salvation Army Kicks off Annual Red Kettle Season

By Chilton, James | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), November 15, 2014 | Go to article overview

Salvation Army Kicks off Annual Red Kettle Season


Chilton, James, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


Salvation Army marks start of red kettle season This story was written on: 11/14/2014 How to help From now until Dec. 24, Salvation Army bell ringers will be present with red donation kettles at 16 locations across Cheyenne, including most local grocery stores and other large retailers.

Those who would prefer to donate online can do so by visiting http://redkettlereason.org/. Donations can be made via credit card, and donors also can write a message about why they donate to the Salvation Army.

CHEYENNE - The Salvation Army's local corps marked the start of its annual red kettle campaign on Friday with a first-ever kickoff event.

While the red kettle campaign has been active here for years, this is the first time the Salvation Army has held a kickoff to mark the occasion. Kyle Backlund is a planned giving director for Salvation Army out of Denver. He said many other corps around the country already hold such events, and the Cheyenne Corps decided to join in hopes of bolstering its fundraising amounts.

"It's kind of a standard thing for us to really rally the community together around the kettles for awareness," Backlund said at the Little America Hotel and Resort.

"Because it's working other places, it's a great idea to do here. Cheyenne is such an involved community, it made a lot of sense to do this." Last year's campaign brought in about $95,000, short of what the Salvation Army had hoped for.

Lt. Doug Hanson, the commanding officer for the local corps, said he believed last winter's cold weather had an impact on donations received by kettlers. They can be seen standing outside grocery stores and major retailers, ringing bells.

"I think every business really fell short because of that," Hanson said. He said the goal for 2014 is to raise $113,000 by Christmas Eve. In addition to placing bell ringers around town, the Salvation Army is also launching a national campaign on Twitter, #RedKettleReason, inviting donors to share what motivates them to donate to the Salvation Army. …

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