2023 Red Kettle Campaign raises the bar

Published 6:22 pm Friday, January 12, 2024

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At the January, 2024, meeting of the Pike County Salvation Army, Donna Kidd, Service Center Manager, announced the final tally for Pike County’s annual Red Kettle Campaign as $57,085.56.

“We were shooting for $50,000 and that was a rather lofty goal,” Kidd said. “We were truly blessed with the generosity of those in our area from Black Friday through Christmas Eve and the support of our sponsors for the Kettle Season and, of course, all our dedicated and dependable bell ringers. There is no way to thank them all.”

Kidd said it actually “took a village” to make Pike County’s Red Kettle season an incredible success.

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Kidd said the total giving was made up of dollars, dimes and pennies and each was vital part of the whole.

“The Red Kettle Campaign determines, in a large part, how we can do the most good for our friends and neighbors in need each year,” Kidd said.

In acknowledging sponsors and bell ringers for the annual campaign,

Kidd said hopes are that no one was mistakenly omitted.

Sponsors for the 2023 Kettle season were; K.W. Plastics Recycling, Wiley Sanders, Air Tek Construction, Dr. Rick Gill, Park Memorial Methodist Church, Jean’s Flowers, W.J. Sorrell Lumber Company, Troy Bank &Trust, Guardian Credit Union, Horn Beverage, Woodmen Lodge 16, Woodmen Chapter 930, Glover Funeral Home, H&R Block, Eufaula; Woodmen Life Chapter 420 and Sticky Frog Signs and Shirts

Businesses, churches and clubs that adopted a day to ring the bell included fraternities, and sororities from Troy University that took a week 9 a.m.  until 5 p.m. every day at Hobby Lobby both doors and at Piggly Wiggly on 231, 101 Elite Men, St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Banks Baptist Church, Blue Key Properties, Troy Bank & Trust, Lockheed Martin, First Baptist Church, 21 Club from Charles Henderson took five doors 9-5, Troy Rotary Club, Master Gardeners, Troy Women’s League, Brundidge Rotary Club, Piggly Wiggly for the entire bell ringing season, Kiwanis of Luverne, Kiwanis of Eufaula, Eufaula Fire Department, Glover Funeral Home, Early Learning Center and RSVP of Eufaula.

Kidd said all who rang the Red Kettle bells and all who gave pocket change and dollar bills are to be thanked a hundred times over. 

“Many contributed and they are to be thanked and blessed for helping make life better for many,” Kidd said.