Red Kettles

To the Editor:

The hectic Christmas Season has come and gone along with the Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Campaign. We would like to say THANK YOU to our ever more loyal bell ringers in Plymouth, Cedar Grove and Oostburg, the businesses that allowed us to ring and place a counter kettle in their establishment, numerous area taverns and restaurants that sold “Paper” kettles for us and to all those that gave monetary donations to the Plymouth Service Extension Unit. We thank you for all your efforts in helping by “Sharing Your Blessings” to give others help in these most difficult times. The numbers are in and though we did not quite make out goal of $62,0000 goal for this year everyone’s efforts are Greatly appreciated!

The Plymouth Bread of Life Assistance Center will continue to provide as many local programs as financially possible and provide emergency assistance through out the year to those in our service areas of: Adell, Cascade, Cedar Grove, Elkhart Lake, Glenbeulah, Greenbush, Hingham, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake and Waldo.

As the Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Campaign Volunteer Coordinator in rural Sheboygan County, I would like to express thanks to the many friends and supporters who gave donations and the over 300 people who volunteered their gift of time to the Salvation Army between Thanksgiving and Christmas by ringing bells in the Plymouth, Oostburg and Cedar Grove. Your smiles and enthusiasm to serve is tremendously appreciated.

I would also like to thank the members of the following organizations for countless hours of bell ringAlso, Masters Gallery Foods, Catholic Financial and their employees for ringing bells and matching donations to the Plymouth Salvation Army this year.

In addition thank you to all the businesses, churches, schools, the 4-H extension, that took the time to put up flyers and made announcements. Also an extra thank you to Radio station 91.3FM The Message and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce for announcing and sending out pleas for help throughout the campaign for bell ringers and donations. I could not have done it without everyone’s help and efforts.

Special thanks to the management and personnel of Plymouth K-mart, Piggly Wiggly, Pick n Save and Wal-Mart, Cedar Grove and Oostburg Piggly Wiggly for allowing us to ring bells at their stores and the Plymouth Review and the Community T.V. for the advertising and articles. To the professional helpful tellers at BMO Harris Bank in Plymouth, who were smiling and happy to see me even on their busiest days or when the day was not going as planned and I was late.

I would also like to personally thank Larry and Jackie TenPas of Cedar Grove and Dale and Mary Roerdink of Oostburg for helping to coordinate and pick up the kettles in their neighborhood and all those who took charge and coordinated hours for their groups. My family, husband David and my children Madalynn, Sarah, Rebekah and Catharine who helped with mailings, restocked supplies, rang bells and did what ever was needed to help out. Also to those who were so understanding while we were getting the new online program up and running at the last minute. I hope the program will make it easier to for people to sign up in the future and that we have worked out all the glitches.

Most of all a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who gave to this year’s kettle campaign. Because of you, we will be able to due our best in continuing meeting the needs of those in our service area that are experiencing difficult times.

May God Bless You all throughout 2013.

Thank You Again,
Deb Schalk
The Salvation Army
Red Kettle Coordinator

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