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Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command
News Release
Sunday, November 22, 2009

Houston, TX – With just days before the launch of one of the oldest and largest charitable activities of its kind in the United States, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is searching for individuals, groups, and organizations to Adopt a Kettle this holiday season in the Greater Houston region.  Volunteers would ring a Salvation Army bell at one of more than 200 local red kettle locations in an effort to encourage passersby to donate to the nonprofit organization.

The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is one of the local region’s longest-standing charitable organizations that annually serves over 119,000 residents of Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties through various programs including everything from youth services to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.  Officially kicking-off on Friday, November 27, 2009, The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser of the year.  Donations raised during the November-December campaign directly fund the Army’s year-round local programs and services.

Individuals wishing to volunteer must be 18 years of age, or accompanied by an adult if younger; must be available to volunteer in at least four hour shifts Monday through Saturday during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and must be willing to fill out any required documentation by individual Salvation Army Corps locations.

Volunteer bell ringers are encouraged to incorporate musical performances and other forms of entertainment during their shifts at Adopt a Kettle locations provided these are approved by respective Salvation Army red kettle location coordinators.  Interested community members should contact The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command by calling (832) 201-8019 or online at www.SalvationArmyHouston.org.  
   
“The holidays are our busiest time of the year because so many people count on the services we provide through our Christmas assistance and Angel Tree programs.  Every kettle location we can staff with volunteers means more money going into our programs and services,” says Area Commander, Major Chris Flanagan.  “Adopting a Kettle is really a great way of experiencing the joy of the holiday season.”

Last year, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s Red Kettle Campaign raised $851,325 at 198 local red kettle locations.

In this community since 1889, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth programs, shelter, disaster relief, counseling, senior programs and rehabilitation. The mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without discrimination. Each year over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army. About 88.4 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support those services in Houston and at close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about The Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org.




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