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Salvation Army looks to finish Red Kettle Campaign strong

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The Salvation Army hopes to finish with the highest daily totals ever as Monday & Tuesday donations will all be doubled!
"Give Once - Bless Twice" on Monday and Tuesday

"Give Once - Bless Twice" on Monday and Tuesday /Mika Roinila

Give Once - Bless Twice! The Salvation Army will double all donations made on Monday and Tuesday!

Grand Rapids Service Clubs will want to take advantage of the "Give Once, Bless Twice" finish that The Salvation Army is promoting for the last two days of its Red Kettle Campaign. Any donations made on the last two days of the Red Kettle Campaign on Dec.23 and 24, that could help service clubs to make an impact in the final standings for claiming the first "Golden Kettle" Award. The Salvation Army will reward the club that has raised the most support through volunteerism and selfless giving during the Red Kettle Campaign.

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign that started on Nov.8 will end at 4:00pm on Christmas Eve. With only two more shopping days left, Auxiliary Captain Mika Roinila of Fulton Heights Citadel Church is confident that his local goal of $220,000 will be met. "Fulton Heights Church is responsible for coordinating the Kettle Campaign north of 28th Street. We have 31 kettle locations, and we will try to have coverage at all locations on the last two days. As of Saturday morning, we've been able to raise 87% of our goal that Fulton Heights Church is responsible for. We're closing in our goal. It might be close."

One way in which The Salvation Army is encouraging everyone to dig a little deeper, is to support the non-profit organization by taking advantage of the "Give once, Bless Twice" offer that will be in place on Monday and Tuesday. The Salvation Army has announced that any donations and gifts raised through the Red Kettle bell ringing efforts will be matched! In other words, everything that is placed in the kettles will be doubled! "Grand Rapids must have an anonymous donor who is being very philantrophic and will match whatever comes in on the last two days. That will be a blessing to everyone!" exclaims Roinila.

In fact, anyone who might support the work of service clubs in the city - such as the work of the Kiwanis or Rotary Clubs - may want to take advantage of these last two days. All donations by check dropped into a kettle anywhere in the city will be credited - and doubled - towards the competition for the Golden Kettle Award. Roinila is excited to see what happens on the last two days. "We know where the busy locations are, but someone can just drop a personal check with no fanfare, and give a big boost to their favorite Service Club and The Salvation Army, all at the same time!"

If anyone wants to find locations where bell ringing can still be done, check out There are only two days left, and time is now of the essence.

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