Archive for October, 2012

The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is in need of volunteers. For more  information about volunteering in central Oklahoma, call 246-1101.

By Robert Medley

Published: October 29, 2012

Oklahoman

For more than 20 years, Ernie Potter has been ringing bells to get people to  drop coins into red kettles to help those in need in central Oklahoma.

photo - Ernie Potter, facilities manager, checks the lock on a Salvation Army red kettle at the Central Oklahoma Area Command for The Salvation Army in Oklahoma City. The organization’s 2012 holiday donation drive starts in November.  Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

Ernie Potter, facilities manager, checks the lock on a  Salvation Army red kettle at the Central Oklahoma Area Command for The Salvation  Army in Oklahoma City. The organization’s 2012 holiday donation drive starts in  November.  Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

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Potter, 65, has seen some surprises in the kettles. A woman dropped a ring in  a kettle with a note attached once that said, “This is not a mistake. Having  this ring was a mistake.”

Once, a 1-ounce gold coin was dropped in a red kettle.

There have been $100 bills, too. People drop their car keys in the kettles  quite frequently, he said.

But none of the items found in the kettles reminds Potter why he rings the  bells more than a woman who yelled at him not to go anywhere as she came out of  a store.

The woman, he recalled, said she had gone through hard times 20 years earlier  and her family would not have had a Christmas if it had not been for The  Salvation Army’s assistance.

“Those are the people who make it so satisfying,” Potter said. “People who  have worked hard all their lives and are suddenly in need we assist. That is  what makes you know how important this is.”

Potter recalled the story Thursday as he worked to round up more volunteers  for this year’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign in central Oklahoma. The  national campaign is from Nov. 9 to Dec. 24.

Jeanean Castle, Salvation Army director of development for Oklahoma, Canadian  and Cleveland counties, said the telephone rang 5,000 times in one hour on a  recent day. The calls were from people needing utility or Christmas  assistance.

The 2011 Red Kettle campaign raised $650,000, Castle said. Salvation Army  officials hope to top that this year. There is more of a need out there than  ever before with economic conditions, she said.

The money raised by bell ringers outside of retail stores supports all  Salvation Army programs and services, Castle said. Christmas needs are seasonal,  and only a portion of the work that is done year round, she said.

People who can’t volunteer time as bell ringers can raise funds online, she  said. The website is www.onlineredkettle.org.

For more information about volunteering in central Oklahoma, call  246-1101.
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Bell Ringers Needed

Posted: October 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers for its iconic red Christmas Kettle campaign, which begins Nov. 16 and runs until Dec. 24, 2012.   Bell Ringers are needed to raise funds at Christmas Kettles in shopping centres throughout the city. Individuals, families and groups including corporations, churches, service clubs and organizations are welcome to take part this Christmas season. The Christmas Kettle campaign depends on nearly 10,000 volunteer hours each year. Volunteering at a Christmas Kettle can mean as little as two hours and make a lasting difference in our community.   The Christmas Kettle Campaign helps support individuals and families with nutritious meals, emergency food and clothing, and shelter, utility assistance, Boys and Girls Clubs and more. Make a difference this Christmas and help us restore hope and dignity to vulnerable people in our community.   For more information or to sign up as a volunteer please email lois_green@uss.salvationarmy.org or call Lois at 405-246-1101.   The Salvation Army is an international faith-based organization that gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in more than 124 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in our community. http://salvationarmyokcac.org/

 

 

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