This story is a part of #27Difference week, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. You can submit photos of yourself at WKBN’s events, or photos of how you make a difference in the community, using our Report It feature or tagging your photo on social media with the #27Difference hashtag.
BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – #27Difference Week continues Thursday for WKBN 27 First News, and some of our familiar faces were at the Southern Park Mall in Boardman, ringing a bell for the Salvation Army and its Red Kettle Drive.
The event is part of the week where WKBN is highlighting local agencies or events that are giving back to the community during the holiday season.
First News reporter and Storm Team 27 Forecaster Alex George was at the Southern Park Mall, near the food court entrance, ringing the bell Thursday. Anchor Erika Thomas also stopped by.
The charity believes “need knows no season,” and it supports families year round. People say they are thankful that they can pay it forward.
“As a young girl, when I was 6, I lost my home in a tornado that came through the area. The Salvation Army came in, and they provided us with clothes and food and really helped us when my family lost everything,” said Southern Park Mall Director of Marketing Lori Reda.
Boardman High School Senior Markese Haynes said she donates whenever she can.
“When I go shopping or whatever and I see one of these stands out here, with whatever change i have left, I do whatever I can to donate,” Haynes said.
No donation is too small and there are multiple ways to contribute. You can give cash, use your smart phone to scan a QR code or even host a virtual kettle online.