With leaves still clinging to the trees, it’s hard to believe the annual Christmas-season Red Kettle campaign is underway. Friday marked the launch of the 2018 drive that funds social programs and services year-round through The Salvation Army.
At the Canandaigua branch, Red Kettle donations represents 19 percent of the organization’s annual budget. This year’s campaign goal is $110,000. The campaign wraps up Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
On Friday, Salvation Army officers David and Pamela Rhodes joined Red Kettle Chairman Gehrig Lohrmann. Lohrmann, regional service manager for Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, presented a donation check for $1,000 from the bank. That first donation for Red Kettle 2018, and all the donations to the Canandaigua campaign, stay in the community.
“We have multiple kettles around Canandaigua, and we use those funds to support local residents all year,” said David Rhodes. “We are really relying on our community to help their neighbors in need. Whatever amount people put into our Red Kettles, it is making change happen for our area.”
Pamela Rhodes said donations to the Red Kettle will help the Salvation Army meet needs in terms of food, shelter and clothing. “We also strive to make sure that we have quality programming for our seniors and youth,” she said.
A grand re-opening of the Youth Center is scheduled for Jan. 18. Funding for the center, which had been closed for a period, is secure regardless of the amount raised by the campaign. “However, if we reach and even do better with our kettles this year, it will allow us to do even better things than already planned for the Youth Center,” Pamela said.