Rescue Christmas for Local Families in Need!

Oct 7, 2020

We need your help to RESCUE CHRISTMAS!



  1. Sign up to ring bells @
    1. Providing PPE: masks, sanitizer, gloves & practicing social distancing
  2. Help with Christmas programs and other essential needs
    1. Visit and click on “Volunteer in this Community”.
  3. Start your own fundraiser online- details found on


  1. Write Checks: made out to The Salvation Army of Petoskey
    1. Mail to 712 Pleasant Street
    2. Drop off in our Community Center Lock Box or at any Red Kettle location in Antrim, Charlevoix or Emmet Counties beginning on Friday, Nov. 6th.
  2. Online: with any major credit card: @
  3. Alexa: Say “Alexa, Donate to The Salvation Army”.
  4. Mobile Phone:
    1. Text: KETTLES to 91999
    2. Use Apple or Android Bump Pay located on Red Kettle Signs beginning Friday, Nov. 6th

Give toys to our Angel Tree Program

  1. Drop them off at Walmart in Petoskey or our Community Center Office
  2. Purchase them ONLINE through Walmart’s “Registry for Good” through “The Salvation Army of Petoskey - Angel Tree 2020



The Salvation Army of Petoskey Sets Out to “Rescue Christmas” Due to Immense Impact of COVID-19

Across the nation, the largest social-services organization launches iconic holiday fundraising campaign earlier than ever to meet increasing need

Petoskey, MI (October 16, 2020) – For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization’s iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high.

Based on the increase in services already provided in response to the pandemic, the organization could serve up to 155 percent more people in 2020 with Christmas assistance, including putting food on the table, paying bills, providing shelter and helping place gifts under the tree – assuming the resources are available. Last year, The Salvation Army of Petoskey provided $96,000.00 of Holiday Assistance. If we see the same level of increased requests for service, we will be looking at providing around $148,800.00 worth of Holiday Assistance this year!

At the same time, due to the closing of retail stores, consumers carrying less cash and coins, and the decline in foot traffic, The Salvation Army could see up to a 50 percent decrease in funds raised nationally through the red kettles, which would limit their capability to provide services for the most vulnerable. To put this in perspective, last year $126 million was raised nationally through about 30,000 red kettles. Just over $125,000.00 of that amount was raised here to help local individuals and families in need throughout the next year.

“The truth is we do not know how great the need will be over the next year or two following the COVID-19 pandemic” says Envoy, Greg Irwin. “Although the pandemic is not an unprecedented situation, we are living in very different, uncertain times. We have many complex challenges and greater obstacles than our predecessors had to overcome. Through it all I know one thing for certain. God is with us and so long as he is with us, The Salvation Army of Petoskey will be here to help our neighbors in need just like we always have been since we were first founded in Petoskey in 1901”.

To help ensure the safety of bell ringers, donors and partners, The Salvation Army has adopted nationally mandated safety protocols. Since March, The Salvation Army of Petoskey has provided 10,424 meals and $550,454 of emergency financial assistance to local people in need. Now more than ever, they’re making it safer and simpler to donate in order to support the most vulnerable in Northwestern Michigan. The best way to ensure that these vital services continue is to:

  • Enlist in Love’s Army. Provide a sustaining monthly gift of $25 - $100 or provide a large one-time gift by visiting and clicking on donate.
  • Start your own Red Kettle fundraiser online! To get started, visit us at or learn more at
  • Donate digitally with Apple Pay or Google Pay at any Red Kettle location in Emmet, Charlevoix or Antrim County.
  • Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specifying the amount.
  • Give any amount by texting “KETTLES” to 91999.
  • Purchase gifts for kids in need through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program at Walmart in Petoskey or through’s online “Registry for Good” under “The Salvation Army of Petoskey - Angel Tree 2020”. Drop off locations are in the entrances of Walmart or at The Salvation Army Community Center in Petoskey.


Speaker of the House, Lee Chatfield, our honorary 2020 Red Kettle Campaign Chairman, is helping to spread awareness about the increased need through radio and social media while Petoskey’s Mayor, John Murphy will help us kick off the ringing season live along with Susan Melton of 102.9 Big Country at 10 AM on Friday, November 6th at Oleson’s Food Store in Petoskey. Every donation provides help and hope to those in need, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given. Visit to donate or learn more about how you can help The Salvation Army rescue Christmas this year.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.


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