Community members and Salvation Army Volunteers enjoy dinner and good company during the second annual Kettle Kick-off Dinner. Photos by Glenda Svendsen

Salvation Army hosts Kettle Kick-off Dinner

The second annual Kettle Kick-off Dinner was held last Saturday. The gymnasium at Assembly of God Church was filled with community members devoted to lending a helping hand. The dinner kicks off fund raising for the Christmas season. A silent auction was displayed on tables stretching along the length of the room filled with items generously donated by our local businesses.

Bell ringer Nancy Lounsbury checks out the silent auction items during the second annual Kettle Kick-off Dinner for the Salvation Army.

An Angel Tree was displayed near the entrance and a brief perusal of items listed on the tags was heart-rending: a comforter, a sweatshirt, a book …

The Salvation Army website states, “We open our arms and our hearts to give families the support they need to grow together and thrive.”

Here are some of the ways our local chapter brought this message to life in 2018:

  • Provided 800 households with groceries
  • Provided emergency lodging to 14 households
  • Kept utilities on for 92 homes in our area
  • Sent 35 children to a week-long Salvation Army residential camp
  • Provided Christmas dinners and gifts for 106 local children.

A total of 2,400 individuals received assistance.

Other resources provided include prescriptions, clothing and gasoline.

Another Salvation Army creed is “Doing the most good,” and this includes doing the most good with your charitable contributions as evidenced with 83 cents of every dollar donated being directly allocated to services for people in need.

Band Lacuna Tide entertains diners during the second annual Kettle Kick-off Dinner.

The Kettle Kick-off Dinner featured a gathering of fine folk who are dedicated to making our community better with the goal of providing a warmer winter and brighter Christmas for struggling families.