The Indiana County Salvation Army raised more than $40,000 to begin Red Kettle season at their annual breakfast and auction on Wednesday. That’s approximately $10,000 more than last year’s event raised. This year’s breakfast included an auction with a total of 76 baskets, packed with Steelers and Penguins tickets, gift certificates and other items.
Now the hard work begins, with the familiar red kettles at area stores through the holiday season. Officials say that in 2010 and 2011, about one in four people inIndianaCountywere assisted by the organization, and that is a significant increase in the need for Salvation Army services.
The need is even greater this year due to the number of families who have been impacted by the fire at the Creps United Publications plant in October. In fact, some of the workers who have contributed to the Salvation Army in the past are now in need of assistance.
The majority of the Salvation Army’s outreach budget comes from money raised in the Red Kettle campaign. The funds are used throughout the year to help members of the community.
Anyone who wants to volunteer as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army is urged to call (724) 465-2530.