SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — ‘Tis the season. It’s that time of the year! The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign at Destiny U.S.A. on Friday afternoon.
This year’s Kettle Chair is former Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. She was handpicked by last year’s chair, Juli Boeheim.
“This is really cool. Who would’ve ever thought that I could put the first donation in the Red Kettle to kick off the season? I’m happy to do it and I encourage everyone to do the same. So here, we’ll start the season officially,” says Mahoney at the podium.
About 40 kettles will be scattered across Onondaga County this year, including local Tops, Price Choppers, Walmarts and even at the Chick-Fil-A in Cicero.
Salvation Army Director of County Operations, David Dean, says, “It’s so important because it’s something that’s right there in front of people. People always trust the Salvation Army and even though they don’t always know what we do, they know we help a lot of people and it’s a simple way to give.”
All the money raised stays in Onondaga County. The funds collected will not only be used to help feed hungry families and provide toys for kids this holiday season, but support Salvation Army’s services all year round.
The goal this year is $250,000, the same amount they were just short of last year.
However, new this year, The Salvation Army has two new ways to donate electronically. If you don’t have change in your pocket to drop in the kettle, you can donate with your phone through a ‘tap pad’ or through a QR code via Apple and Google Pay.
They’re determined to reach their goal and inspire more people to volunteer.
If you want to wear one of the volunteer aprons and ring the historic bell, the Salvation Army is always looking for more volunteers. Visit redkettlevolunteer.org and all you need to do is create an account, choose your location and schedule the shift you’d like to work.
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