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Salvation Army Halfway to Its Christmas Kettle Goal

Richard Tesoriero and Gregory Mills, representing the Oswego Rotary clubs, stand with the Salvation Army Christmas kettle in an earlier holiday season. Rotary is just one of many civic, service, and business groups that traditionally support the Christmas kettle campaign.

Richard Tesoriero and Gregory Mills, representing the Oswego Rotary clubs, stand with the Salvation Army Christmas kettle in an earlier holiday season. Rotary is just one of many civic, service, and business groups that traditionally support the Christmas kettle campaign.

OSWEGO – Captain Heather Odom of the Oswego County Salvation Army announced, “We are about halfway to our Christmas Kettle Campaign goal of $85,000 and we have fewer than two weeks remaining in the campaign.”

Richard Tesoriero and Gregory Mills, representing the Oswego Rotary clubs, stand with the Salvation Army Christmas kettle in an earlier holiday season. Rotary is just one of many civic, service, and business groups that traditionally support the Christmas kettle campaign.
Richard Tesoriero and Gregory Mills, representing the Oswego Rotary clubs, stand with the Salvation Army Christmas kettle in an earlier holiday season. Rotary is just one of many civic, service, and business groups that traditionally support the Christmas kettle campaign.

The bells and familiar red kettles of the Army have become inseparable from the signs and symbols of the Christmas season.

The red soup kettle was first used to invite contributions in 1891 in San Francisco.

Although the design has changed in recent years, its purpose continues unchanged.

People that have stood with the kettles often speak of the satisfaction they receive from the activity.

They meet and talk with generous people who often share stories of their experiences with The Salvation Army.

Military veterans, especially, frequently recount the kindnesses they received from Army representatives when they were far from home, often in dangerous circumstances.

According to Bruce Holman, chairman of the Oswego County Salvation Army Advisory Board, “Standing with the kettles can be a very enriching experience for individuals, families, organizations, groups of friends, work colleagues, and the like.”

He invites volunteers to call Envoy Wendy Senior at 207-3362, to learn of kettle opportunities and locations.

Contributions may be mailed to Oswego County Salvation Army, 73 W. Second St., Oswego, or made online at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

All contributions from this area will be received by the Oswego County Corps.

The money given through the kettles is not all used at Christmas time.

It helps the Army to provide services to people in need throughout our county all year long; such things as groceries, hot meals, clothing, household necessities, and rent and other emergency assistance.

Captain Odom also announced that Christmas Day dinner will be served at the Center for Worship and Service, 73 W. Second St., Oswego, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Anyone who will be alone or unable to have a special Christmas dinner is cordially invited to attend.