With the holidays approaching, that means you soon will see and hear the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle bell ringers.
This tradition is the organization’s main source of operating revenue, supporting programs that feed the hungry; feed, clothe and find shelter for the homeless; find emergency shelter and refuge for victims of sex trafficking; and help children in need have a joyful Christmas.
But the Red Kettle campaign is just one of many Salvation Army fundraising efforts during the holidays. Others include:
- Nov. 18, Red Kettle Kickoff, noon-1 p.m., Fountain Square. Mike Bohn, University of Cincinnati athletic director, is honorary campaign chair. Call Robin Webster, 762-5638, if you would like to volunteer during the holidays.
- Dec. 18, Kettle Collection at Cincinnati Bengals-Pittsburgh Steelers game, 8:30 p.m., Paul Brown Stadium.
- Coney Island Nights in Lights drive-through light show continues through Jan.1.
In early to mid-December, pre-selected families will be invited to pick up Christmas gifts provided through the Adopt-A-Family and Toy Shop programs. The Annual Toy Shop partners with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Adopt a Family/Senior will seek corporate and individual sponsorships of families referred to the Salvation Army. Corporations get involved with this program as volunteers, as well.