The goal is to raise $310,000 with the funds staying local to support some of the Salvation Army's programs and services.
The Red Kettle campaign ends on December 23 with kettles in eight locations around town. The Salvation Army Band also performed "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and other songs during the kickoff. He said being able to fill a day with one particular group makes things a lot easier.
The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is now ready for families to apply for Christmas assistance this holiday season - including food and toys.
"Bellringing is just a two-hour commitment", said Galindo.
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He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas, states the Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org.
The Salvation Army hopes more volunteers will sign up and help local families in a time of need the same way Roche was helped all those years ago. "It helps with our emergency food services... past year we provided more than 20 thousand bags of groceries to individuals and families", said Maria Sadowy from the Kingston branch. "We're hoping that this may be helpful in terms of getting more donations".
Last year, 708,884 individuals in New Jersey received assistance from The Salvation Army, which included holiday and seasonal assistance, food pantry, soup kitchens, after-school programs, emergency shelter and much more. NorthPark Center Angel Tree patrons have helped more than 40,000 North Texans.
"My parents always wanted us to appreciate the sentiment that 'giving is better than receiving.' That's really become important in my life", Brantley said.
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