Red Kettle kick-off event set for Nov. 2

The Red Kettles don’t fill up as much as they once did.

But the Salvation Army is hoping to generate some enthusiasm and make up some of the gap by holding a kickoff event.

Over time, the Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles have been receiving less in donations, according to Warren County Commissioner Ben Kafferlin. “I don’t think it’s because the community is any less generous, it’s just a matter of people using electronic payment and not having spare change on them.”

The Advisory Board of the Salvation Army appointed a committee with Kafferlin at its head to make the arrangements for a Red Kettle Kick Off breakfast.

That fundraiser will be held at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Conewango Club.

The event will feature live music, a silent auction, and speakers including Kafferlin and Salvation Army Capt. Keith Jache.

“This is a great opportunity for folks to have enjoyable fellowship time, donate to a worthy cause, and get to know more about what the Salvation Army does for Warren County,” Kafferlin said. “I hope we have a great turnout to show our support for the organization, as well as go a long way in shoring up local donations for the Red Kettle campaign.”

There is a $20 donation per person for breakfast.

Those who plan to attend are urged to respond as soon as possible, with the RSVP deadline set for Friday, Oct. 20.

Those interested in more information or in making reservations may call Jaci Harkins at 723-8950 extension 25 or stop at the Salvation Army at 311 Beech St., Warren, during normal business hours.

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