Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to get ready for the holiday season. What better way to start the holidays than to give back for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle season?!
If you would like to give back to the community, the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for their Red Kettle drive.
I caught up with Katie Baskin, Christmas Campaign and Events Coordinator for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, and she gave me all of the details about the 2017 Red Kettle Season.
Here’s what you need to know about Red Kettle Season:
Red Kettle season begins Friday, November 10th.
The season ends Saturday, December 23rd.
You can sign up to volunteer online at www.ringbell.org.
Volunteer shifts are completely up to you!
There is not a minimum requirement of hours/days to serve. The Salvation Army is very open to working with your schedule.
You can even bring your family or friends along with you.
Bring a cheerful presence to the kettle and have fun with it!
I’ve seen some volunteers dress up in festive Christmas clothing, and I’ve seen others sing Christmas carols like these two guys dancing and singing in NYC to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas.
Where does the money go?
The money donated to the Salvation Army goes back into the community to help fund the organization’s programs and services for the rest of the year. “Every dollar donated to a kettle stays in that community and helps provide programs and services to help those in need,” Baskin told me.
The goal for the 2017 Red Kettle Season in Metro Detroit is $7.85M. “We’re confident the community can come together and help us achieve it,” Baskin said.
Is there another way I can contribute?
Yes! You can make a financial donation via text. All you have to do is text “SALMICH” to 41444 to donate.