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Salvation Army kicks off Porter County kettle campaign

Ruth Rachel Carter Nathan Stoner grapple with turkey presented SalvatiArmy Major Jonathan Welch.  |  John Robbins/For Post-Tribune

Ruth, Rachel, Carter and Nathan Stoner grapple with turkey presented to Salvation Army Major Jonathan Welch. | John Robbins/For the Post-Tribune

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Updated: December 15, 2013 11:45AM



SOUTH HAVEN — The Salvation Army of Porter County started its 2013 holiday Red Kettle giving campaign with a turkey and a check at its South Haven headquarters Wednesday.

Rachel (16), Ruth (12), Carter (9) and Nathan (9), children of Laura Stoner of Morgan Township, presented Salvation Army Major Jonathan Welch with a fresh turkey the family raised.

“We just want to give back to the community,” Rachel said. The Stoner family takes part in 4H and raises turkeys and sheep at the family farm.

Rick Calinski, NIPSCO Public Affairs manager, presented Salvation Army Major Jonathan Welch with a check for $5,000. The goal of the Salvation Army of Porter County is to raise $280,000 in donations this year.

Welch hopes to raise $150,000 this year from the familiar red kettles and an additional $130,000 through a direct mail appeal drive.

Look for the kettles and bell ringers to start at 28 sites throughout Porter County on Friday, Nov. 15. About 120 bell-ringers — 70 paid, plus up to 50 volunteers — will be on duty through Christmas.

The Salvation Army kettles will be at a few new locations in Porter County this year, including three Strack and Van Til and two Town and Country grocery stores. Other retail locations include: JCPenney, WalMart, Walgreen’s, Hobby Lobby, K-Mart, Al’s Grocery, Big Lots and Jewel–Osco.

This year’s goal is up $30,000 from last year, though that $250,000, goal wasn’t met, says Welch.

“I know people are struggling,” said Welch, who hopes the extra kettles help meet the higher goal.

Monry from the red kettle campaign helps people not only at Christmas but throughout 2014.

Volunteer bell ringers are still needed. If interested, call the Salvation Army of Porter County at 219-762-9191.



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