Salvation Army kicks off kettle drive

November 23, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

Washington County Salvation Army officials hope to raise $217,000 for the 2006 holiday season and believe the organization could exceed that goal.

Board Chairwoman Chris Henry announced the kettle and direct mail goals Wednesday during a kettle kickoff at the food court at Valley Mall.

"We do make a difference, thanks to you," Henry said to agency supporters.

Chad Brashears presented a check for $1,000 from the Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown to the annual drive.

Ward Childerston, advisory board member, said this is his favorite time of year.

"We have a tremendous responsibility to help," Childerston said. "The kettle and direct mail funds help people 365 days a year."

In the past year, The Salvation Army aided 828 families, 1,960 children, 2,400 people in nursing homes and 2,500 people in prisons, Childerston said.


"Some people who give to the kettles say The Salvation Army helped them, and now they want to give back," Childerston said.

Last year's kettle drive goal was $110,000, and $113,000 was raised. The direct mail drive goal of $85,000 in 2005 was exceeded by $9,000.

The 15 kettle sites are in operation from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Salvation Army serves approximately 100 meals each weekday at 534 W. Franklin St., and maintains 30 beds for people in need of housing, but those beds usually are filled.

Food and toys for Christmas will be distributed Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. at the former McCrory's store at Long Meadow Shopping Center.

For more information, call 301-733-2440.

Kettle locations

- Valley Mall (five kettles) - Macy's, Sears, Garfield's and J.C. Penney (two kettles)

- Prime Outlets Hagerstown (two kettles)

- Wal-Mart, Centre at Hagerstown (two kettles)

- Big Lots, 111 Maryland Ave.

- Kmart, Valley Plaza

- Michaels, Crosspoint Shopping Center

- Ollie's Bargain Outlet, Valley Plaza

- Sam's Club, 1700 Wesel Blvd.

- Hagerstown Post Office, 44 W. Franklin St.

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