Lakeland, Fla. November 4, 2016 – The Salvation Army of Lakeland will kick off its red kettle season on Friday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 7 pm at the Lakeside Village Shopping Center, 1479 Town Center Drive, 203, Lakeland, FL 33803.
Children will have the chance to greet Santa Claus as part of the kick-off celebration for the iconic 2016 red kettle season.
Residents are invited to join Santa as he leads the way for the World’s Largest Red Kettle along with Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs, ABC Action News journalist Ryan Raiche (acting as the event’s Master of Ceremony), Majors Barry and Cindy Corbitt and the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board kick-off the season.
In 2015, more than 3,000 Salvation Army volunteers raised more than $198,000 for The Salvation Army in Lakeland. The iconic bell ringers rang for more than 8,4000 hours in front of Publix Super Markets, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Winn Dixie, Kmart, Big Lots and Hobby Lobby. The money raised during the red kettle season allowed The Salvation Army to assist 961 families and 3,374 children with food, necessities, and toys during the Christmas Season and throughout the year.
To volunteer for The Salvation Army Christmas events this year contact: Sheryl Stacy at 863-940-2868 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Major Barry Corbitt 863-853-2214
Sheryl Stacy 863-940-2868
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.