ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhether you have the energy and commitment to ring the bells in the cold or would rather sit comfortably on the living room couch, The Salvation Army of Oswego needs you.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Captain Kenneth Hayes, Corps Commanding Officer in Oswego and Captain Kevin Brennan, Corps Commanding Officer in Fulton, are sending the message to the community that everyone is welcome to ring the bells ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ because the need is growing and resources are dwindling.
But, how can a couch potato ring the bells? ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œVirtually,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Hayes. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt’s easy and fun. Just go to onlineredkettle.org and click on ‘Donate.’ It will bring you to a page that allows you to donate directly and to invite friends and associates to give, as well.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt doesn’t take much to make the difference,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â he said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œJust a few dollars ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ five or ten ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ will grow because the virtual bellringer has provided people the opportunity to help. And, when you give on-line, it’s completely tax-deductible.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œvirtualÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â kettle can become a company kettle or a team kettle, or, perhaps, a family kettle, said Brennan. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œYou can keep a tally of how much you or your team are able to raise and the site will automatically send a thank you to each of your donors.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
In the meantime, all those daring souls who weather the storm are still critically needed in the Oswego area. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFamilies are invited to ring as a team,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said the Captain. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt’s a great way to teach children the importance of giving back to the community and to care for those who are struggling economically. Or, companies may want to adopt-a-kettle for a day ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ allowing employees to ring for a few hours.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
To volunteer at those cold, windy sites, volunteers can call the local Salvation Army at 343-6491. They also can call The Red Kettle Center at 1-877-764-7259, or register on-line at RedKettles.org.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhether you take the couch potato route or ring the bells at a kettle site, we need the support of this community,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Hayes. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAnd we thank you on behalf of the hundreds of people who come to our doors seeking assistance. You are making a real difference in their lives.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â