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Service Clubs Prepare for the Christmas Kettle Campaign!

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The Salvation Army encourages service clubs to join the "Golden Kettle" competition in raising support through the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign.
The motto for this year's campaign is "Hope Marches On"

The motto for this year's campaign is "Hope Marches On" /The Salvation Army

The 3rd annual Golden Kettle Award to be sought by Grand Rapids area service clubs!

All local area service clubs are encouraged to consider ringing bells for The Salvation Army this season. Check out the Golden Kettle contest and how the clubs are doing against each other.

The Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club competes last year for the Golden Kettle

The Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club competes last year for the Golden Kettle /A/Capt. Mika Roinila

The "Golden Kettle" will be awarded to the top club!

The "Golden Kettle" will be awarded to the top club! /A/Capt. Mika Roinila

As the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign and the 3rd Annual Golden Kettle Competition are about to start on Nov.12, several service clubs are beginning to jostle for their place in competing for the coveted trophy. The “Golden Kettle Award” is given to the service club that raises the most support during the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign that lasts until Dec.24.

The competition has involved several Kent County clubs in the last two years. In 2019, the Golden “K” Kiwanis Club won the trophy, and in 2020 the Kentwood Rotary Club claimed the award after a very close finish. The traveling trophy has spent time in each of the homes of the club members, and according to Kentwood Rotary Club President Paul Bergsma, the award “has been a center piece of conversation in many homes and offices for almost 12 months. We are eager to retain the trophy.”

Time will tell how the competition develops, and we are happy to report that three service clubs have already signed up for bell ringing. Updates will be presented to The Rapidian, so everyone can keep up with the competition standings. We look forward to the campaign, and The Salvation Army hopes that other groups and clubs consider this civic opportunity as we pursue our mission of “preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs without discrimination.”

All interested volunteers – individuals, families, church groups, businesses, service clubs, etc. are encouraged to help us serve others as “Hope Marches On”. You can register online for 2-hour shifts in numerous locations in Kent County. Please go to to sign up.


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