Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle Campaign

Major Matt Riley on Friday announced the kickoff of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign during a press conference at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. This year, the Salvation Army of Parkersburg has set a goal of raising $175,000 in donations.

VIENNA — The Salvation Army of Parkersburg on Friday announced the launch of its annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The announcement was made at noon in the parking lot of Sears at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna.

Salvation Army Major Matt Riley said this year’s goal is to raise $175,000. Last year the campaign met its goal of $170,000.

“I was told $175,000 would be a stretch,” Riley said. “I think we can do it.”

Riley said the Mid-Ohio Valley has long been a supporter of the Salvation Army and its charitable projects.

Captain Kettle dances Friday during the kickoff of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. (Photo by Michael Erb)

“We’re excited that we have such an incredible community that has supported us,” he said. “Each year it seems the need gets greater, but the community continues every year to step up and help us out. We’re excited to see what happens. We’re excited to help more people.”

Local restaurant and business owner Kiki Angelos helped kick off the season, announcing kettles would be located at several of her businesses and she and family members would be ringing bells at different times in December.

“I love the great organization and support them as much as I can,” she said, urging people to donate when they see the red kettles, or to sponsor a child through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

“The Salvation Army helps people year-round,” she said. “I really praise all the people who take part to make it all happen.”

Salvation Army Youth Pastor Isaiah Rector plays a Christmas song on his trumpet during the ceremony. (Photo by Michael Erb)