BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – While you’re out shopping Friday, you may notice the Salvation Army asking for donations.
Of the more than half-million dollars collected during last year’s Red Kettle campaigns in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties, nearly $14,000 came in on Black Friday alone, most in the form of a dollar or two at a time, and just about all of it collected by volunteers ringing those familiar bells.
In Poland, students from Boardman Center Middle School gave up part of their day off to help out.
“When we put outthe word that we needed some some students, we had…about thirty of them sign up right off the bat,” Boardman Center Middle School Principal Randy Ebie said. “And it’s big for them to be here.”
Members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church have been volunteering for Black Friday kettle duty for years.
“The response has been good so far today, since we’ve been here,” bell ringer Peggy Yuhas said. “And it always is fun when you see the older folks slip a dollar into the child’s hand and the child gets to put it in the kettle.”
With Red Kettle collections helping pay for much of what the Salvation Army does all year, Salvation Army Major Elijah Kahn said the success today and throughout the campaign depends on what he calls a partnership with local businesses, churches and civic groups.
“Salvation Army can’t do the red kettle campaign on its own,” Kahn said. “We rely heavily on the support of the community.”
The campaign will continue up through Christmas Eve.