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Kettle Drive kickoff next week

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Bells will begin to ring in the streets of Clay County very soon.

The Salvation Army's Kettle Drive will be kicked-off on Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Serving on the Street (S.O.S) Building in Brazil.

The public is invited to attend the kickoff, where Christmas cookies and appetizers will be available.

The area director of Salvation Army will talk about tips on having a successful bell-ringing campaign.

This year's goal is $10,000, which is double of what was raised last year.

"Hopefully it will be a very pleasant night," Jodi Lohrman, a volunteer, said.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring bells at one of three locations in Clay County.

Volunteers can take donations at Wal-Mart, Kroger or Miller's IGA, in shifts ranging from an hour to a day, between Nov. 23 and Dec. 24, Christmas Eve.

As a new twist to the Kettle Drive, the Salvation Army will be asking local schools, businesses and organizations to take blocks of time to man the kettles.

The organization that raises the most money during their block of time will win a pizza party in January.

"A lot of people don't realize that there is an operational Salvation Army in Clay County," Lohrman said.

According to Lohrman, 90 percent of the funds raised during the Kettle Drive come back to Clay County.

The Salvation Army provides clothes and gas vouchers for people beginning to enter the workforce.

They also provide emergency shelter, as well as coats, school supplies, socks and shoes for children in need.

"Money goes toward the most basic need," Lohrman said.

Volunteers for the campaign are encouraged to be creative during their bell ringing time.

Dressing festively or singing holiday tunes are some options volunteers can use to bring attention to the drive.

Also, businesses and organizations can bring banners or signs identifying them during their time ringing the bell.

Lohrman said that being a part of the Kettle Drive is a great community service addition to high school students' resumes, as well as a great way for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to earn badges.

In addition to these perks for volunteers, Lohrman said the most rewarding part is the knowledge of helping others.

"I'm confident everyone will feel good about ringing the bell after they do it," Lohrman said.

For more information about the kickoff event or volunteering, contact Jodie Lohrman at 443-3003 or Denise at S.O.S. at 448-8700.



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