Victoria Estrada, left, and Terra Avilla, both of the Susanville Police Department, rang the Salvation Army bell back in 2016. Their enthusiasm, dancing and shouting earned many smiles, laughs and donations from the public. The majority of the local Salvation Army’s funds are gathered during the annual Red Kettle drive, and all proceeds stay in our local community. Call 257-0314 to volunteer to be Red Kettle bell ringer this holiday season or to make a donation. File photo

Salvation Army hosts inaugural Red Kettle kick off dinner

Susanville’s Salvation Army hosts its inaugural Red Kettle Kick Off Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Susanville Assembly of God Church on Richmond Road.

The dinner launches the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign that begins Monday, Nov. 12. The Salvation Army also hopes to share all it does with the community during the event.
According to a flyer on the event, “This campaign is vital to the work we do in this community as it is the main fundraiser to support our center.”

In fact, the local Salvation Army raises most of its funding for the year through residents’ donations to the red kettles at several locations throughout Susanville during the holiday season.

Money raised locally stays local to support local activities, including emergency assistance for utilities, gasoline, rent, transportation and lodging, Christmas food and Angel Tree gifts, a week-long away-from-home summer camp and a Back-to-School program that provides clothing, backpacks and supplies to local children.

How can you help?
The Salvation Army offers individual and table tickets for the dinner. Tickets are available at Margie’s Book Nook, Zaengles Carpet One, Milwood Florist and the Salvation Army in Susanville.

Diners also will have an opportunity to select a tag with a child’s wish list from an Angel Tree at the dinner.

Red Kettle volunteers needed
Red Kettle volunteers will begin ringing the bell Monday, Nov. 12. For more information, or to sign up to be a bell ringer, call Tina at 364-0355.

For more information about the Salvation Army or its programs, stop by the office at 1560 Main Street between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or call 257-0314.

According to an image on the flyer — “Give a little, change a lot. $1 gives hope.”

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