The Salvation Army of Kent County Thanks Community for Red Kettle Support

Feb 10, 2022

The Salvation Army of Kent County is thanking the Grand Rapids community for their generous display of support during the 2021 Red Kettle Campaign. The Salvation Army’s call to ensure that “Hope Marches On” for those in need at Christmastime and beyond was answered as the campaign raised 87% of its $1.6 million goal.

“We are humbled and grateful for the compassion Kent County residents showed toward their neighbors in need,” Divisional Commander Major Glen Caddy said. “Being able to raise these vital funds will allow us to continue to serve the many in our community who receive healing, help and hope from our year-round services.”

The Red Kettle Campaign is the largest annual fundraiser for The Salvation Army. Money raised is used to fund programs provided at Christmas and throughout the year, including those that provide food and energy bill assistance, offer housing resources, assist individuals struggling with substance use disorder, impact individuals of all ages at the Kroc Center and Fulton Heights Community Center, and support disaster victims when catastrophe strikes.

In a brief snapshot of services, The Salvation Army of Kent County provided more than 2,000 households with food or utility bill assistance throughout 2021, and nearly 4,000 children had their Christmas season brightened with a gift.

The Red Kettle Campaign publicly kicked off on Nov. 12 with the start of bell ringing and concluded at the end of January.

In Kent County, $0.86 of every dollar donated goes directly toward providing local Salvation Army programs and services.

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