OSWEGO – Starting today, November 17, the Planet Fitness gym in Oswego will host a Salvation Army Angel Tree which is a Christmas tree decorated with tags representing holiday gift needs.
Selecting a tag for a child or a teen often means a Christmas present for someone who might not get a present otherwise.
The Planet Fitness gym, located on NYS Route 104E, will be participating and members can select an Angel Tree tag to purchase a gift and return it unwrapped to Planet Fitness.
This holiday campaign runs from November 17 to December 17.
“We are blessed to have this new relationship with Planet Fitness. Many donors take great satisfaction in knowing their holiday donations are truly helping the needy. By taking an Angel Tree tag at any Planet Fitness location, they will know their donation goes directly to a child, teen or adult who would not otherwise experience the joy of Christmas,” said Major James Purvis, commanding officer and pastor of the Oswego County Salvation Army, with his wife, Major Kathryn Purvis.
During the Red Kettle campaign, there are many volunteer opportunities including bell ringing at various locations, helping at Christmas distribution day or assembling food baskets and gifts for families. Red Kettle donations support ongoing programs to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, youth and seniors programming, provide aid for disaster survivors, and much more.
For more information on the Planet Fitness Angel Tree or other ways to help our community at Christmas time, contact majors Purvis at (315) 343-6491 or http://bit.ly/TSAVolunteer
Contributions can also be made on line at donate.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
The Salvation Army will kick off the national Annual Red Kettle Campaign on Thanksgiving Day with a Live nationally televised halftime performance by country music star Luke Bryan during the Dallas Cowboys football game against the Carolina Panthers on CBS at 4:30 p.m.
• We encourage donors to share their reason for giving at RedKettleReason.org.
• The Salvation Army encourages everyone to celebrate Giving Tuesday, December 1 (the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday) by making a donation to a Red Kettle and sharing a personal reason for giving on social media using #RedKettleReason.
Online Red Kettle
• As in years’ past, The Salvation Army enables donors to become online bell-ringers by signing up to host an Online Red Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.org.
• Participants can invite friends and family to donate to The Salvation Army on their behalf, and they have the ability to manage and update their virtual kettles and send emails from their mobile device.
• Participants can raise funds for their local community
• For the fifth year in a row, donors can support the national Red Kettle Campaign directly through their mobile phone.
• Donors can text the word “KETTLE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the campaign.
• The donation will appear as a charge on the donor’s next mobile phone bill.
• A one-time donation will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.
Message and data rates may apply.
All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile.
All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission.
About the Empire Division
The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.) Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.