Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Days have crowned its top service club.
For the 2019 season, the community once again saw door greeters at many markets and stores seeking the benevolence of passers-bye. The red kettles were out for the holidays and those bells ring for the Salvation Army.
This year, the Salvation Army saw more than five service clubs aid in the holiday donation blitz.
Captain Dan Simco said, roughly $4,000 was raised by the service clubs alone. The Portsmouth Kiwanis was the winner raising over a fourth of the total from the clubs.
Portsmouth Kiwanis raised $1,271 Simco explained, “it was a group effort to raise that money.”
Kiwanis among the other groups, such as the Knights of Columbus and PoWs saw that the money raised, go toward the Salvation Army’s multiple programs.
Simco shared the Salvation Army met and exceeded their goal of $88,000. He stated a rough estimate of more than $91,000 was raised and determined it was a successful Red Kettle Season.
The money raised will go to various initiatives the Salvation Army carries out. Summer sleepaway camps, a weekday feeding program, social services, and utility assistance were just a few mentioned.
Recently, the Ashland, Kentucky, Salvation Army announced it will be closing doors. Simco assured that Portsmouth is safe.
Simco would assure, “we are able to meet the needs of the community.”
He would then explain, Portsmouth’s Salvation Army is part of the Eastern Region, with its capital in New York City. Ashland found its reason as part of the south, their capital was in Atlanta. Simco, would tell the Times as their regions were different, he never received any sort of correspondence from the southern region or Ashland. As such, he could not speak to the decision of Ashland’s closing but assured that this season was a successful one, and Portsmouth’s division was here to stay.
The 2019 Red Kettle Season saw, Portsmouth Kiwanis raise $1,271 of the $4,000 and be crowned the winner of the friendly competition between the local service clubs.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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