29 November 2017

Thrivent Supporting Generosity at the kettles now enters the 14th Year
Community response has been overwhelming.  The thirteen -year total community investment is just now over $3 million the result of the Thrivent Red Kettle Match Day here in Appleton, WI for the social welfare services of The Salvation Army. 

Thrivent Financial’s Red Kettle Match Day Challenge which began in 2004,remains the largest continuous community matching day event for The Salvation Army in the United States. 

In 2008 the Fox Cities’ Thrivent match day set a record dollar total when it generated close to one-half million dollars. ($497,423)

The 2016 Thrivent match offering of $25,000 help to raise $63,088 in gifts at kettles making for a single day total of $88,088.

Thrivent Financial volunteers will be out at the red kettles ringing on this match day as well as during the annual campaign in the Fox Valley.

Where: At all 50 Red Kettle sites in the Fox Cities
Why:  To help families dealing with poverty here in the Fox Cities.  During these economic times, donations are needed as the need for the services of the Salvation Army continues to remain steady.

Campaign Goal: The 2017 Appleton area red kettle campaign goal is $1.1 million dollars, which helps to fund year round programs such as an Emergency Food Pantry , Noon Feeding Program along with a dozen other social service initiatives and seasonal Christmas assistance for local families in need. This goal reflects gifts at the kettles in November and December as well as year-end donations including mail appeals.

NOTE:  Friday, December 1 also coincides with the annual National REALTOR® Ring Day where local realtors will volunteer to ring during the Thrivent kettle match.

“We’re pleased to once again be a part of this wonderful season of community generosity,” said Michael Dominowski, director of Community Affairs at Thrivent. “The support and services the Salvation Army provides make a difference in our community. We hope the results of all the donations and match days during December set a strong trajectory for the Salvation Army in the year to come.”

We are so blessed to again partner with Thrivent Financial to help local families in need. This marks the 100th year of ringing the bells in the Appleton area to help families in need. Now in its 127th year, the Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 is one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world.

See COMPLETE listing of December Match Days – there are nine upcoming match days in December including a $40,000 Community Foundation gift match day on December 22. (See link)

http://www.safoxcities.org/fox_cities/2017_MatchDays

The match days help to give a boost to the 2017 campaign which has experienced a somewhat of a slow start due to a shortage of bell ringers at the kettles.

To become a volunteer bell ringer follow the link at www.safoxcities.org to choose a kettle site and the date and time, to help raise funds for the areas needy.  Or, for those without web access can call (920) 955-1225 to volunteer to help ring bells. Typically, bells are rung from 8 am to 9 PM and may vary by individual store.  Bell ringing   shifts are either for one or two hours depending on the location. There are indoor as well as outdoor kettle sites with some having heated booths.  To see a complete list of participating red kettle locations or to sign up on-line to ring bells go to: http://appletonsa.volunteerfirst.org/volunteer/volunteer_info/locations_maplist.asp?vpc_id=19

The kettle campaign ends the afternoon of Dec. 23, 2017.

The faith-based social services agency Christmas fund-raising campaign accounts for up to 60 percent of the local Salvation Army’s operating budget. These funds provide assistance to thousands of individuals in need this Christmas and throughout the year.

What your financial donations provide
Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic 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.          

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement is an evangelical part of the Christian church. As a faith based organization, The Salvation Army also provides physical aid such as food, clothing and shelter, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect without discrimination. Over 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and creating opportunities for underprivileged children.  About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army - Fox Cities has been located in Appleton – for 100 Years -- since 1917. They serve the Fox Valley area in Neenah, Menasha, Fox Crossing, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Combined Locks, Larsen, Grand Chute, Little Chute, Appleton and Darboy. The Salvation Army - Fox Cities is not a participating United Way agency. For more information, visit us on the web at www.safoxcities.org     

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