Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen recently proclaimed November 15 through December 24 to be Salvation Army Kettle Fund Drive Season and encouraged “. . . all Oswego citizens to support the very dedicated people of the Salvation Army in this very worthy cause.”
The proclamation noted that all funds raised will be returned to Oswego County people in need throughout the year in the form of clothing, housing assistance, groceries from the food pantry, and hot meals from the soup kitchen served each week in Oswego and Fulton.
The Christmas kettle campaign provides about one-third of the County Corps’ annual budget. The goal this year is to raise $110,000.
Additional funds come from the Army’s mail appeal, donations for specific programs like the soup kitchen, and grants such as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Many individuals, businesses, and organizations contribute gifts in kind of food and clothing.
Major James Purvis, corps officer, stressed the need this year for volunteers to stand with the Christmas kettles. There will be more than 20 kettles in various businesses in Central Square, Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego, Phoenix, Pulaski, and Sandy Creek.
Greeting friends and neighbors at the kettles can be a very significant holiday experience for individuals, families, clubs, churches and school groups.
The kettles are in place Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Most kettle locations are outdoors, but there are indoor kettles available in Fulton, Mexico, and Oswego.
Major Purvis said, “It is important to remember that all the money contributed in Oswego County stays in Oswego County and that the number of people in need has been increasing each year, especially among younger people and young families.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer to stand with one of the Christmas kettles may call 343-6491, or stop at the office at 73 W. Second St., Oswego, between 1 and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.