Salvation Army begins drive with 'Golden' kettles

November 28, 2003|EMILY BURTON

The day after Thanksgiving this year brings with it the usual fare: Cold turkey sandwiches, long lines at local malls and a short supply of parking spaces. But beneath the shuffling sounds of shoppers' feet on Friday, a reminder of the true purpose of the season of giving will ring.

The brightly-pitched chatter of bells will be heard Nov. 28 outside several area Wal-Marts, calling on civic-minded shoppers to drop their money where it counts, into the collection kettles of Salvation Army volunteers.

While the ringing bells will sound familiar, the kettles will have a slightly different glow this year. In addition to the traditional Santa-suit red donation buckets, philanthropists will also notice golden kettles at the Danville, Stanford and Harrodsburg Wal-Marts.

"We're always taking donations, but we're hoping for $10 donations in that kettle," said Capt. Zach Bell, commanding officer of the Danville-based Lincoln, Casey, Boyle, Garrard and Mercer County Salvation Army.


"The need is just a little bit greater, and so we've started the Golden Kettle Campaign."

The golden kettles are part of the Salvation Army's 28th annual "Thanks-for-Giving" day donation drive, which in turn is a part of the Angels of HOPE campaign to be kicked off on the busiest shopping day of the entire year, the Friday after Thanksgiving.

"It's something I think the community will just grab a hold of, because they've already done wonderful things," said Bell.

Every kettle worker in Danville is a volunteer

As testimony to the local commitment of helping the less fortunate, Bell said that every kettle worker in Danville is a volunteer, the only city in the state where that can be found.

"This community has proven itself to be generous in giving and in their holiday spirit, and we are calling on both to come out on Friday, 'Thanks-for-Giving' day, and support The Salvation Army golden kettle," said Bell.

For those looking for a more personal donation, there are other options in making spirits bright this Christmas. At locations across the community Angel trees will be decorated with paper cherubs bearing the Christmas wishes of tiny tots who's Christmas trees might not be so fruitful this year.

"We're calling up each person of the community to be an angel of hope this Christmas season," said Bell.

All of the guess work has been taken out of shopping for the children. The angles on the tree each bear a name, their clothing size and wish list. After purchasing and wrapping a gift, impromptu Santa's helpers put the child's name tag on the bow and leave it under the tree from whence the child's angel came.

In addition to donating a $10 bill in golden kettles, change into red kettles or becoming an angle of hope, helpful hands may also volunteer to ring kettle bells or distribute gifts.

Anyone wanting to help may call the Salvation Army at (859) 236-4473.

Bell said he and others at the Salvation Army hope the community will be as kind to the less fortunate during this Christmas season as they have been in previous seasons of mistletoe.

"If we could just get 1,000 people to put $10 in the kettle that would be $10,000. What a tremendous kick-off this would be to our drive to raise money to help the needy," said Bell. "We need all of the angels of this wonderful community to come out and offer up hope to those who may have lost it. There's lots of families in our community who are low on hope, and what a wonderful time of year to give hope back."

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