Salvation Army begins Red Kettle Campaign


Some Secret Santa just dropped $10,000 in cash into a Salvation Army Red Kettle outside a Hollywood neighborhood grocery store.

State Rep. Laura Devlin and state Rep. Brenda Kupchick ring the bell as volunteers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign outside Stop & Shop, 1160 Kings Highway Cut-off, December 2.

This year's fundraising goal for the Salvation Army of Portage County is $175,000.

Major Abe Tamayo said there could be some significant consequences if the organization doesn't meet its goal.

"It's very important because there's a great need for people right now that are going through some hard times", said Norma Escobar, family services director with the Salvation Army of York.

The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal is a nationwide initiative where people donate to their local centre any new unwrapped toys and gifts for children, families, older people and people experiencing homelessness this Christmas.

"We do all we can to provide emergency support to people, to prevent them from ending up on the streets and the council is extremely grateful to the Salvation Army in helping us to support the vulnerable homeless this winter".

A generous, anonymous donor slipped the surprise into the red kettle at the Flower Hill Giant Food store in Gaithersburg. It also is accepting donations at and in person at 2901 N. Clinton St.