Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign generates $53K
by Marie Nesmith
Jan 01, 2014 | 1072 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With The Salvation Army’s Cartersville Corps recently wrapping up its successful Red Kettle campaign, Lts. Lee and Michelle Wilson are extending thanks to the public for their ongoing support. Along with raising more than $50,000, the fundraising drive also was bolstered by a dedicated base of volunteer bell ringers.

“Our Red Kettle campaign goal for 2013 was $50,000, and we are pleased to announce that with five less days this year we met and exceeded our goal by raising $53,000,” Michelle Wilson said. “The success of our Red Kettle campaign impacts the programs and services that The Salvation Army provides here in Bartow County year-round.

“In addition to our Angel Tree program that provides Christmas toys and gifts to underprivileged children, with the generosity of the community we will be able to continue meeting the need of our neighbors ... throughout Bartow County ... Without the generous support of the community, we would not be able to impact the lives of the men, women and children who enter through our doors in need of food, clothing, prescriptions, utility service, life skills classes and more that are provided by our office.”

From Nov. 27 through Dec. 24, bell ringers accepted financial donations from the community at Red Kettle stations each Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., outside various Cartersville locations, including Belk, Kroger, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Big Lots and Ingles markets on Joe Frank Harris Parkway and West Avenue.

“I can’t thank the community and volunteers enough for the support that they have shown to The Salvation Army this Red Kettle campaign season,” Lee Wilson said. “It is because of their support that The Salvation Army of Cartersville will be able to continue to keep our promise to ‘Do The Most Good.’”

While the Red Kettle campaign was filled with touching moments, a couple stand out for Lee Wilson.

“It is very difficult to choose one most memorable moment,” he said. “The first one that comes to mind as it relates to donors was when I was ringing at Wal-Mart, and I was talking to a young boy. In the short time that we talked, we realized that it is very difficult to tell what color M&M you are eating unless you look at the M&M before you put it in your mouth, but no matter what color you put in your mouth, they are all really good.

“Even though he may not have put anything in the kettle, I think he brightened my day way more than I did his. On the volunteer side of things, it is always fun to see their days brightened by simply taking time out of their busy day to stand at a kettle. All of their stories are different, but they all ‘end’ in the same way, and that is by saying, ‘I didn’t think it would be as fun as it was, and really wish I didn’t have to stop.’ [The Salvation Army] of Cartersville also had a record year with volunteer hours with our top volunteer group coming from Sam Jones [Memorial United Methodist] Church, who rang a total of 16 days and raised $7,676 for the kettle campaign.”

For more information about the Cartersville Corps, call 770-387-9955.