Bangor, Maine—The sound of bells ringing at a Salvation Army red kettle is as much a part of Christmas tradition as tinsel and trees. The organization began its annual fundraising effort last week and hopes to raise $142,000.00 to meet the year-round needs of the Greater Bangor community.
“The beauty of donating through the red kettle is that it is a gift that keeps on giving,” said Captain Tim Clark, Corps Officer of the Bangor Salvation Army. “Kettles are one of the primary means of supporting our work throughout the year. A donation today will fund meals at our soup kitchen each day, provide rental or heating assistance for a family in February, it will assist with clothing in April, it will help a family with food in June, it will send a child to camp in August, and much more.”
Although well known for providing gifts and other services for families during Christmastime, The Salvation Army offers a wide range of services to those in need year-round and is a vital link in the safety net for families and individuals who are working to get back on their feet.
“In the past few months we’ve seen many people who have been recently laid off, and others who lost jobs after working for years and who are now unable to find full-time employment,” said Captain Clark. “They are struggling to meet basic expenses and turn to us to fill in the gaps while they strive to rebuild their lives. The red kettles offer the community an opportunity to contribute and support their neighbors.”
Recognizing that people may not always have cash on hand to drop into the kettle, the Bangor Salvation Army also has an Online Red Kettle available at www.onlineredkettle.org/bangorme. Through this site, those who wish to give can make a secure donation to the effort using their credit card.
“The needs of our community have not diminished, and that is why it is so important that we meet our goal,” Captain Clark added. “But the incredible thing about Greater Bangor is that those who live here are always looking out for the needs of others and readily step up when asked to lend support. That is why I am confident that we will meet our goal.”