05 December 2017

Capital Credit Union's 8th Annual Red Kettle Match Day for The Salvation Army – Fox Cities. Capital matching up to $25,000 in the Fox Cities is set for 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. At all of the 50 Salvation Army red kettle sites in Appleton / Fox Cities.

To date The Capital Credit Union Match Day has generated more than $389,029 since 2010 to help area families in need.   All made possible by the generosity of donors, volunteers and the good folks at Capital Credit Union.

Beginning December 19 some 1,367 households will receive assistance at the annual Christmas distribution activities by the Salvation Army in the Fox Cities. This includes Toys for Tots, Adopt-a-Family and Christmas food basket programs.

The faith-based social services agency has a $1.1 million dollar Christmas fund-raising goal for this year, which accounts for up to 60 percent of the local Salvation Army’s operating budget. The goal is comprised of red kettle donations, mail appeals and year-end contributions. These gifts provide assistance to thousands’ of individuals in need this Christmas and throughout the year.

Bell ringers play an instrumental role in the success of a Red Kettle Match Day as donations are much greater when a volunteer is present. Capital Credit Union employees will be among the many volunteering to ring bells in the community on the credit union’s match day at various kettle sites in the Valley.

 What financial donations provide
Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with necessities, along with seasonal aid.  Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and provide sit-down dinners.  The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.  Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well, people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.