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Mid-Season Update from The Salvation Army of Brown County

December 13, 2012

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Mid-Season Update from The Salvation Army of Brown County

For Immediate Release
December 13, 2012

(Green Bay, WI) –As The Salvation Army of Brown County is now more than half way through the Annual Red Kettle Campaign, the season has seen high points yet still has unmet needs. Captain Ken Shiels, county coordinator for The Salvation Army of Brown County and Dawn Foeller, chairperson for The Salvation Army of Brown County Advisory Board addressed the community this afternoon regarding the 2012 Red Kettle Campaign and the progress in reaching the $1.2 million goal.

Overall, The Salvation Army of Brown County has raised $615,541, approximately 51%, towards the Annual 2012 Red Kettle Goal of $1.2 million. This is down from the total at this point in 2011 of $621,692 raised. To date, the 57 Red Kettles throughout Brown County have brought in $218,658, which is included in the overall total.

The Salvation Army of Brown County has seen a decline in the response to the Annual Christmas and Angel mail appeals. Therefore, the community is encouraged to continue to place donations in the Red Kettles as this year the need is even greater.

Bell ringers are still needed in Brown County and the number of ringers is behind from the 2011 point. To date, The Salvation Army of Brown County has filled 49% of the total 18,459 shifts available this year. There are still 2,852 one-hour bell ringing shifts left open. At this time in 2011, 60.7% of the shifts had been filled and 2,068 shifts were left to fill. A ringer at a kettle can have a large impact on the bottom line of meeting the goal.

“We have seen that an unmanned kettle brings in approximately $2 whereas a manned kettle can bring in approximately $60+ per hour,” states Captain Ken Shiels, county coordinator for The Salvation Army of Brown County, “this holds a huge impact in meeting the goal.”

To sign-up for bell ringing volunteers are asked to call 884-3077 or visit www.ringbells.org

Christmas Distribution will take place next week at Shopko Hall on December 18 and December 19. The Salvation Army of Brown County will be providing 2,900 food baskets to families and shut ins, this is up 100 baskets from 2011. Also, it is expected that toys will be distributed to over 6,000 registered children, at this time last year 5,700 children had been signed up to receive toys.

Accomplishments of the 2012 Red Kettle Season are the many Red Kettle Match days the community has shared their blessings in. Successful matches included a $10,000 Black Friday Match by Associated Bank, $12,000 match by The Salvation Army of Brown County Advisory Board, and the adopted Red Kettle at and match by Tweet/Garot at Woodmans grocery store.

Upcoming Red Kettle Match days include a $1,200 Brown County wide match by Citizens Bank on December 15 and a December 22 Brown County wide match of $1,500 sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service Foundation.

Blessings of the season also included 3,886 coats distributed to 1,405 families during Coats for Kids Distribution. Two free Christmas meals sponsored by Schreiber Foods, a Senior Program meal and the Community Noon Feeding Program luncheon. Fox Cities Credit Union has donated over $4,200 in gift cards for teens in need this season, often a forgotten population this time of year.

Unmet needs of the season include toys for the Annual Christmas Distribution, food donations for The Salvation Army of Brown County Food Pantry as well as gifts for teens and senior citizens. There are various ways to donate this season including texting “GIVE” to 80888, visiting www.sagreenbay.org, or simply dropping the donation into any of the 57 Red Kettles throughout Brown County.

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The Salvation Army of Brown County is a spiritual community that fosters an environment that improves self-sufficiency, self-discovery and provides hope. We promote the well-being of all who come to us, including those who are unable to meet their basic needs or be self-sufficient. We coordinate a comprehensive array of services to meet human needs as our resources allow. It is our commitment to direct those in need to the most appropriate program or service available, whether offered by The Salvation Army or another agency or provider.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Ellingsworth
The Salvation Army of Brown County
Public Relations Coordinator
(920) 609-6297

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It is our commitment to direct those in need to the most appropriate program or service available, whether offered by The Salvation Army or another agency or provider.

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