Dates set for Salvation Army Christmas Assistance sign-up

Dates set for Salvation Army Christmas Assistance sign-up

Over the four years, Burger King Hawai'i guests have donated more than $37,000 in support of the program.

Tuesday's Kettle Klash saw 11 teams raise $63,069 - over $3,000 more than this year's goal of $60,000 and almost $6,000 more than last year's total.

During the event, Turlock Unified School District presented Shrum with a check for $4,040, which was raised through coin drives at the elementary sites throughout the district and a halftime kettle dash by high school students through the bleachers at this year's Harvest Bowl.

The Salvation Army will be kicking off the 2017 Christmas Kettle Campaign Nov. 16 and the community is invited to gather at its Community Life Centre for the celebration. Fjellman said a red kettle accompanied by a volunteer ringing bells brings in far more donations than a kettle sitting solo. Thousands of Salvation Army bell-ringers fan out across the country to ring bells and solicit donations to the iconic Red Kettles from holiday shoppers.

Since 2013, Burger King Hawai'i has promoted a holiday season campaign to benefit the Angel Tree Program, with monies raised going directly to buying gifts for local children in need.

"Today we come together a as powerful group that can change the lives of many", he said. "It supports us year round so we're able to help people and restore hope and dignity on a daily basis and help people out of the cycle of poverty".

"When I'm at the kettle and people say "I'm so sorry I've only got a little bit of change", I always say 'If everybody felt that way and only gave a little bit of change, it would be fantastic at how much money we could raise, ' " Roche said.

Last year, the campaign was able to exceed its goal, and both Sadowy and Roche are hoping to see the same this year.

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