OSWEGO, NY – With Christmas less than two weeks away, the Oswego County Corps of The Salvation Army is facing an unprecedented challenge.
Early reports indicate that contributions to the red kettles are running behind last year and well short of this year’s goal of $106,000.
There are several opportunities for individuals, families, and other groups to help the Army.
Kettles are located at businesses around Oswego County.
“We are in need of volunteers to man the kettles and ring the bells. Some key locations may have to be left unmanned at times because we don’t have the people to cover them. That means the funds that could be raised at those locations won’t be raised. And that could mean we won’t reach our goal,” said Major James Purvis, executive director.
Volunteers may contact Lori Welsh at 207-3376 or Lt. Phillip Davies at 207-3363.
If you’re walking by a kettle but don’t have money, feel free to donate online.
The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle is ready to receive your donation.
Log into www.OnlineRedKettle.org, click on “Find a Kettle” and find “Team Oswego County.”
Make your donation; all gifts come directly to the Oswego County Salvation Army.
There are also opportunities for community members to be angels.
Paper Angels on Christmas trees have the names of children and what they wish for Christmas.
Pick an angel, purchase the gift, and return it unwrapped to The Salvation Army.
The child named on the angel will receive the gift.
Look for angels at stores, banks, restaurants, businesses, public facilities, and work places.
Major Kathryn Purvis explained, “If an angel doesn’t get picked, we match up as best we can with toys that have been donated.”
Christmas toys and food will be distributed to registered families in Oswego on December 19, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Fulton on December 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Volunteers that would like to help with those activities may call the numbers above.
The Army will serve 400 families this Christmas season.
Children will receive three toys plus Christmas dinner and a three-day supply of food for families that have registered.
Funds received during the holiday season are used to support year-long programs and services such as Wacky Wednesday after school homework help, Troops Tuesday, food pantry, soup kitchen, help for fire victims and summer camp for children.
Anyone wanting more information or to offer service as a volunteer may call the numbers above or 207-3359 or stop at the office at 73 W. Second St., Oswego.