Submitted by the Salvation Army
With the kettle campaign barely under way, the Fulton Salvation Army is already experiencing a dramatic drop in kettle income.
Captain Kevin Brennan, director of the Salvation Army of Fulton, says the drop of $2000 in income compared to last year at this time could have several causes. “Our kettle locations have dropped. One store closed, and at some, we have a reduced number of bellringing days,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the captain. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Presently, there are five kettle sites compared to fourteen last year. That number will increase somewhat after Thanksgiving.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In addition, the captain believes that the tough economy may have affected the level of giving.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We want to let the community know that we need their help so that we can continue to serve those in crisis and emergency situations,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the captain.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Please dig a little deeper into your pockets when you see a kettle, or send your tax-deductible gift right to The Salvation Army of Fulton, 62 S. First St., Fulton, NY13069-0098.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For those who would rather give on-line, they can go to onlineredkettle.org. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Here, you can either make your personal tax-deductible gift or you can start your own on-line kettle site and ring the bells virtually by contacting friends and associates and asking them to give to your kettle,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the captain.
Money from the traditional or the on-line kettle site goes to assist families and individuals in the Fulton area.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thank you to all our volunteers, donors and businesses who are partnering with us to ensure that everyone in the community who needs help, receives help,Ã¢â‚¬Â added the captain.