MOUNT VERNON – On Sunday, Dec. 20, a day when The Salvation Army bells are not ringing at Red Kettles, they are asking community members to support their annual “Give $20 on December 20th” kettle campaign virtually this year. This campaign encourages online donations of $20 to help close out the kettle season in big and meaningful way.
“A $20 donation to our virtual kettle on Dec. 20 will be a deliberate act of kindness and compassion for our neighbors in need,” said Capt. Christine Moretz, commanding officer. “$20 can provide 10 nutritious meals for local families.
"There is such a strong need in our community, especially among children, who through no fault of their own are hungry this holiday season. We see it every day and we rely on the generosity of our community to support the Red Kettle effort,” she continued. “Giving from the comfort of your home has never been easier. Simply visit http://salarmy.us/mountvernonredkettle to make a $20 gift to our Mount Vernon Virtual Red Kettle.”
The ringing of the bell and the iconic red kettle have been a fixture of the holiday season for 129 years. The funds raised during the holiday season provide year-round support for Christmas assistance programs, shelter, utility assistance, feeding programs and children’s after-school learning programs.
With COVID-19, many volunteers and workers are unable to staff kettle sites this year, which is having an impact on donations. The Salvation Army in Mount Vernon has brought in about $78,000 with hope to reach $100,000 for continued service in the community. The community’s financial support and kindness during the holidays enables The Salvation Army to assist more than 15,000 in Mount Vernon and Knox County throughout the year.
For more information or if you are interested in volunteering to ring the bell, please contact the The Army of Mount Vernon at 740-392-8716. To learn more about our services, visit www.SalvationArmyOhio.org.