Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign begins

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Staff Writer

Photo by Darrell Jackson

Vice Mayor Lauren Tolmachoff and former Councilmember Yvonne Knaack donate the first money into the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle kick off Nov. 16 at Cabela’s.

 

Photo by Darrell Jackson

Vice-mayor Lauren Tolmachoff kicks-off the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign by challenging citizens to donate.

The annual Red Kettle Campaign began Nov. 16 as Vice Mayor Lauren Tolmachoff kicked off the event at Cabela’s at Westgate.
“I am happy to be here and this is a very important event this morning,” Tolmachoff said. “As a citizen of Glendale, I am very familiar with the Red Kettle at 49 locations throughout the community.”
A small crowd sang carols and listened as the Salvation Army of Glendale began its annual drive with the hope of raising over $152,000 during the holidays.
 “The Red Kettle kickoff is a special time for the Salvation Army because we are well known throughout the community for giving out food baskets, clothes, toys and any needed assistance we can to those in need,” Glendale Salvation Army Maj. Clement Leslie said. “The Red Kettles help fund our programs all year round and our goal is to beat last year when we raised $150,000 in Glendale.”
The Red Kettle began in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help people in need in San Francisco. He resolved to prepare Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken and he placed a large, iron kettle where people could toss a coin or two to help the poor.
It has grown into a world-wide fund-raiser for the Salvation Army around the world in areas such as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries.
Public contributions to the kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.
Tolmachoff ended the kick-off with a challenge to Glendale residents.
“This Christmas season alone, they will help numerous families in need with food, toys and clothes,” Tolmachoff said. “So, I am calling on all Glendale residents to help support the Red Kettle drive to help them raise the $152,000 needed this holiday season.”

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