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Donations: Salvation Army needs help more than ever

Many Mid-Ohio Valley residents make it part of their holiday tradition to donate to the Salvation Army — either through the organization’s Red Kettle Campaign or the Angel Tree program. Some wonderful folks find a way to do both.

This year is a little different, and the opportunities for Red Kettle donation are fewer and farther between in many communities. But they are still there. We may be missing the sounds of bells ringing merrily outside local stores as we go about our shopping, but in many instances, the kettles will still be there, perhaps inside, on a counter.

“This year, the need is greater than ever, and we need to think of new ways to involve the community in order to meet those needs,” said Major Patrick Richmond, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army of Parkersburg.

A few special kettles got a redesign as part of a fundraiser that gave local businesses a chance to sponsor the painting of kettles that are on display at the Grand Central Mall through Saturday. Vote for your favorites through donations, before they go out to collect more donations at their sponsors’ locations.

There is, as there has been for some time now, an option to donate virtually of course; and if you are wary of venturing out, you can do so here: https://salvationarmypotomac.org/parkersburg by clicking the “Make a donation” button.

But if you are looking to carry on a tradition of donating at one of the red kettles, just remember you might have to look a little harder this year.

For many people, the Salvation Army comes to mind at Christmas time because they are known as an organization committed to “Doing the most good.” They cannot do it without people like you who try to do as much good as they can, too.

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