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The Times
  • Red Kettle Campaign kicks off

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  • The first jingle of Salvation Army bells could be heard Saturday morning in front of Hummel’s Office Supply as they kicked off their annual Red Kettle Campaign.
    “This is primarily to reach out to the community for donations to continue assisting the less fortunate in the community,” said Lt. John Wood, corps officer.
    Wood said they have a $27,000 goal to reach for this year’s campaign.
    “This is our primary fundraiser for the year,” said Wood. “If we didn’t have this drive every year, the Salvation Army may run into financial problems.”
    Red kettles will be set up at five locations throughout the village: two doors at Wal-Mart, the K-Mart on State Street, Denny’s Restaurant on Mohawk Street, and Herb Philipson’s Army and Navy Store on West Albany Street. Hummel’s Office Supply will have counter kettles.
    “The Salvation Army was so responsive to the community [this year],” said Herkimer Village Mayor Mark Ainsworth, who attended the kick-off. “…There’s so many things they do on a daily basis, and it’s not just for our community, it’s for the Mohawk Valley.”
    The Salvation Army provided assistance for two major events in the village this year: they provided food and shelter for those evacuated during a standoff on North Main Street and for flood victims in June and July.
    Justin Hummel, CEO of Hummel’s Office Supply, said they wanted to show their support for the Salvation Army because of all they do for the community.
    “It’s important to participate and to be involved in the community,” he said.
    Wood said there is still a great need for volunteers to sign up for bell ringing. He or his wife Lt. Lori Wood, also a corps officer, can be reached at (315) 866-1240 for those interested. They can also stop by the Salvation Army, located at 431 N. Prospect St.
    The drive will continue for the next six weeks, until Dec. 24.
    “All the money that is raised here, stays here,” said Matt Powers, a member of the advisory board. “It supports important programs right here in the community.”

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