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Rescue Christmas Updates: Pilots for Christ Extend Lead for Golden Kettle

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Two new groups enter the race for the Golden Kettle, but the Pilots for Christ extend their lead against the competition.
Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club take a day for bell ringing.

Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club take a day for bell ringing. /A/Capt. Mika Roinila

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Pilots for Christ extend lead for the Golden Kettle

With only ten days remaining, the Kiwanians, Rotarians, and Pilots for Christ have a few more dates remaining in their schedule to move up in the standings for the Golden Kettle. The end of the contest promises to be close, as each service club tries to outdo each other. Golden "K" Kiwanis is striving to maintain their status as champs, while Kentwood Rotary has promised to put up a big fight until the end. And don't forget about our newcomer the Pilots for Christ who love the competition. A few more updates will be posted in the next two weeks in order to share the results.

Members of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary/Young Families group ring bells on Saturday.

Members of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary/Young Families group ring bells on Saturday. /A/Capt. Mika Roinila

Who will win the Golden Kettle? We'll share the results with you in the coming weeks.

Who will win the Golden Kettle? We'll share the results with you in the coming weeks. /A/Capt. Mika Roinila

There are only ten days remaining as The Salvation Army continues its effort to “Rescue Christmas”! With more volunteer bell ringers and groups manning The Salvation Army Red Kettles through the week of December 5-12, results after this past weekend show a race for the Golden Kettle that is favoring the Pilots for Christ as we near the end of the annual Christmas Campaign.

With a total of 16 hours spent ringing bells, the Pilots for Christ have extended their lead over second place Golden "K" Kiwanis. Two new groups find themselves in the standings, including The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary & Young Families Group and the Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club. With five groups now competing for the Golden Kettle, the current standings are as follows:

1. $1,802 – Pilots for Christ (16 hours of ringing)

2. $1,425 - Golden “K” Kiwanis Club (15 hours of ringing)

3. $1,283 - The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary/Young Families Group (16 hours of ringing)

4. $1,184 - Kentwood Rotary Club (12 hours of ringing)

5. $ 864  - Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club (7 hours of ringing)

Aside from ringing bells, all groups are invited to support their own club efforts by donating directly to The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign by calling 616-454-1459 with a credit card payment. Checks are also welcome at any kettle location across the city – just make sure to mention your club name and Golden Kettle Competition in the memo section.

The final day of the Golden Kettle competition is Christmas Eve on December 24. Bell ringing at all kettles across the city will end at 4:00pm. With the short time remaining, there are still many kettles available for volunteers to ring at. The Salvation Army encourages individuals, families, service clubs, businesses, and all interested in helping us to get involved. Sign up at www.registertoring.com as soon as possible. Most locations are indoors, which makes ringing a little bit easier for everyone.  For the many who will benefit from the local support of The Salvation Army, we thank everyone for helping us help “Rescue Christmas”.

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