Salvation Army will have 24-Hour Bell Ringing Marathon

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SYRACUSE, NY – A lake effect storm warning has been issued for Oswego and Jefferson counties for this weekend for heavy snowfall, up to 18 inches outside of the Tug Hill region.

The Salvation Army Worship and Community Centers in Oswego County and Watertown are concerned about this potential heavy snowfall since this weekend is traditionally the largest Red Kettle collection weekend.

Oswego County Salvation Army is holding an on-line fund raising event through social media.

“Because we cover all of Oswego County from the Oswego River valley over to Central Square and Pulaski, we are worried about the potential of this storm.  We are asking 300 donors to give $50 to our Salvation Army on-line Red Kettle and help us make our last weekend very successful,” said Major James Purvis, administrator and pastor of the Oswego County Salvation Army.

Donors can donate on-line through their Facebook page at facebook.com/SalvationArmyOswegoCounty.

Please click “Like” on the page and hit the “Donate Now” button on the cover photo.

“With spare change and faith, we partner with the community to make sure those in need in Oswego County are not forgotten,” Major Purvis told Oswego County Today.

The Watertown Salvation Army is undertaking a 24-hour marathon bell ringing event at the Walmart on Arsenal Street in Watertown.

Volunteers will ring bells at a red kettle stand there from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

“We know many residents will be shopping for Christmas gifts but also purchasing additional food in preparation for the upcoming storm.  We ask North Country residents who are out shopping to remember to drop their spare change and dollars into the Red Kettle at Walmart, Price Chopper and Tops along with other locations in their community,” said Major Robin Holmes from the Watertown Salvation Army.

There is always interest in unusual things that are dropped into a Red Kettle, sometimes a gold coin or rings.

A Salvation Army volunteer received a surprise donation of a $5,000 check that someone dropped into a Red Kettle in Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks earlier this month.

Contributions can also be made on line at donate.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Other Ways to help


• We encourage donors to share their reason for giving at RedKettleReason.org.

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 yrs. or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innogive Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t.  Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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.
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