Waukesha Salvation Army boosts Red Kettle goal
Waukesha - When the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign kicks off Nov. 5 in Waukesha County, the agency is hoping that bell ringers can bring in $365,000 this Christmas season - about $15,000 more than they raised last year.
Counting expected donations made directly to Salvation Army in addition to the Red Kettle Campaign, the Waukesha chapter hopes to raise its highest Christmas fund total ever - $535,000, the agency announced.
The Salvation Army uses about 16,000 volunteers to staff the red kettles stationed throughout Waukesha County until Dec. 24. Commanders Ron and Carol Lemirand said hundreds of spots are still open and volunteers can sign up at www.waukeshasalvationarmy.org.
Higher demand for services - from nights in the homeless shelter to community meals to Christmas toys for children - accounts for the higher fund-raising goal.
Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima is scheduled to ring the first bell of the Red Kettle campaign at Pick 'n Save, 1535 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 5.