Nov 7, 2014 11:59 AM
Sign of the season: Salvation Army launches kettle drive
CONCORD - The Salvation Army kicks off its Annual Christmas Kettle collection for New Hampshire when Gov. Maggie Hassan presides over a brief ceremony at the Statehouse in Concord on Monday at noon.
For 123 years, Salvation Army red kettles around the world have been linked to the Christmas season and to compassion for the needy.
"We invite all community residents to join us in this effort to ensure that the marginalized of our communities receive the assistance they need at Christmas- and throughout the year," said Captain Steve Warren, Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army's Concord Corps.
A Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will also be part of the ceremony playing Christmas carols. The familiar red kettles will soon be seen regularly at stores, malls and other locations statewide until Dec. 24.
Last year, funds donated at the kettles enabled the Salvation Army of Concord to serve 675 individuals during the holidays and 1,521 throughout the year. The Salvation Army helped more than 71,000 individuals statewide with programs, general and seasonal assistance.
"These services are possible only because of the generosity of this community," says Warren. "We are confident that community support will enable us to reach out in meaningful ways to the less fortunate this season, too."
There are 10 Salvation Army facilities in New Hampshire that offer services and programs for children, adults and seniors. They are located in Berlin, Concord, Derry, Hampton, Keene, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Rochester. The Salvation Army serves 66 other communities through volunteers at service units.