Six local community leaders braved the wind and the cold to help kick-off the Salvation Army’s annual red kettle campaign and raise money the local non-profit.
L-3 Mission Integration Vice President Mark Johnson (business community), Dave Weiland (service clubs of Greenville), Greenville Mayor Steve Reid (city government), GISD’s Director of Human Resources Ralph Sanders (Greenville ISD), Pastor Jim Gatliff (Hunt County Baptist Association) and Herald-Banner editor Caleb Slinkard (media) all rang bells on the north side of the courthouse from noon to 2 p.m. in a friendly competition to see who could bring in the most money.
In total, the group brought in $1,886 for the Salvation Army.
Johnson ended up raising the most money ($771), thanks in part to generous contributions from several L-3 employees. Weiland received a sizeable donation from the Daybreak Rotary Club and finished with $510. Reid, who moved his kettle down the street and set up on the corner of Johnson and Lee streets, pulled in $396. Slinkard ($81), Sanders ($67) and Gatliff ($41) rounded out the totals.
“We would like to thank all involved and the community for their generous support,” Salvation Army Corps Administrator Sgt. Wes Trueblood said.
The Salvation Army is behind in their fund-raising, as the organization decided to hold off on putting out kettles until after Thanksgiving after receiving requests to do so by their corporate partners and the community. Thanksgiving is also a week later than last year.
The army will place kettles throughout the community, manned by ringers Monday through Saturday.
The program, which has been running for more than 120 years, is the organization’s largest fund-raiser for the year.
For more information about the programs and services of The Salvation Army in Greenville, or to make a donation, please call 903-455-1875 or stop by their headquarters at 4601 King Street. The organization can also be found online at www.salvationarmytexas.org.