It’s time to ring bells for the Salvation Army

Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen recently proclaimed Nov. 15 through Dec. 24 to be Salvation Army Kettle Fund Drive Season.

The proclamation noted all funds raised will be returned to Oswego County people in need throughout the year for clothing, housing assistance, groceries and hot meals from the soup kitchen each week in Oswego and Fulton.

The Christmas kettle campaign provides about one-third of the county corps’ annual budget. The goal this year is to raise $110,000.

Additional funds come from the Army’s mail appeal, donations for specific programs like the soup kitchen, and grants such as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Many individuals, businesses, and organizations contribute gifts in kind of food and clothing.

Major James Purvis, corps officer, said there is a great need for kettle volunteers.  There are more than 20 kettle locations in Central Square, Fulton, Hannibal, Oswego, Phoenix, Pulaski and Sandy Creek.

The kettles are in place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Most kettle locations are outdoors, but there are indoor kettles available in Fulton, Mexico and Oswego. Anyone wishing to volunteer at a kettle may call 343-6491, or stop at the office at 73 W. Second St., Oswego from 1 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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