Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

November 13, 2012

Salvation Army kick-off Friday, food giveaway Saturday

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — It’s bell-ringing season, starting with a Salvation Army Kettle Kick-off at 10 a.m. Friday at the Walmart in Corsicana.

The kickoff ceremony will include a short presentation by Mayor Chuck McClanahan, and music by the Collin Middle School band and the Salvation Army band, according to Sgt. Toby Romack of the Salvation Army.

“We start ringing next Monday,” Romack said.

The change and dollars stuffed into the red kettles are the main source of financial support for the Salvation Army, which helps the poor with emergency money for rent, utilities, medicine and food throughout the year.

Because there aren’t enough volunteers, the Army often has to hire bell-ringers to man the kettles, but more volunteers could make that less necessary, Romack said.

“We did both last year, but hopefully we’ll have more volunteers this year,” he said.

This year, the exercise group Camp Gladiator is going to take a vigorous ring of the bells, while some Navarro College students have also volunteered independently.

The competition between civic groups is also expected to take place again this year between the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club.

Last year, the Noon Lions Club beat the other clubs in collection rates, even though the Lions encountered bad weather, Romack said.

“The Lions Club came in first last year, about double what the Rotarians and Kiwanians did,” he said.

This year, the winner of the civic club competition will also receive a trophy.

On Saturday, the Salvation Army will host the annual Thanksgiving dinner giveaway at its First Avenue location. A large family donates all the food and work to put together boxes full of turkeys, stuffing mix, potatoes and canned pumpkin necessary for a feast. The family then comes down with the ingredients, assembles the boxes, and all it needs is to be picked up, Romack said.

“They bring the whole family, and it doesn’t take them anytime at all to box up 300 dinners,” he said.

As of Monday, the Salvation Army had received 200 applications for dinners, but will be accepting applications through the rest of the week.

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