Holiday kettle campaign raises goal to $25K

Staff Report

The Salvation Army Oberlin Service Unit’s annual kettle drive is getting ready to kick off as Christmas approaches.

The unit has grown dramatically. During the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the Oberlin unit assisted more than 300 families with in excess of $23,000 funding that assistance. That figure does not include salaries or occupancy costs for the office.

The unit has covered the increase in assistance even though the kettle campaign has plateaued at $10,000 to $11,000 in each of the past three years.

To keep services steady in the Oberlin and Kipton zip codes, the Salvation Army is setting an aggressive kettle collection goal of $25,000 this season.

It is in need of both donations and volunteers to stand kettles at Walmart, IGA, and Discount Drug Mart. All slots must be filled to meet the $25,000 goal.

Individuals, civic and social groups, churches, and businesses are urged to call Stephanie Walker at 440-774-3434 to sign up for slots and for more information.

Along with donations to the red kettles, contributions can be made in person at our office located at 305 Artino St., Suites A and C in Oberlin, or by mail to The Salvation Army, Oberlin Service Unit, 305 Artino St., Suite A, Oberlin, OH 44074.

All donations made locally stay in our community. By contrast, donations made in response to mailer requests only partially stay in Oberlin. It is always best to take or mail donations to the local unit or drop them in a kettle to ensure the funds remain here.

Staff Report