New Castle News

Union

November 12, 2012

Photo Gallery, Story: Salvation Army kicks off Kettle campaign

NEW CASTLE — Looking to warm up someone’s Christmas? Well, the kettle is on.

The Salvation Army of New Castle launched its annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on Saturday morning at Shop N Save in Westgate Plaza.

Nationally, the initiative that finds bell-ringers and red buckets on sidewalks in all sorts of weather, accepting donations for families in need, doesn’t begin until Thanksgiving. But local Captains Geoff and Mari Swires wanted to get an early start.

“This is our biggest fundraiser,” Geoff Swires said. “About 60 percent of our budget comes from the kettle campaign, which is why it’s so very important.

“We’re also seeing increased need. Last year, there were three times as many families needing help as there were the previous years. That’s why we wanted to get out a little early, so we can try to help as many families as possible.”

Saturday’s kickoff was hosted by Dan Falcone, owner of the Westgate Plaza Shop N Save. Helping to set the mood were members of the Union Middle School fifth- and sixth-grade choir who, under the direction of John Westcott, sang a variety of Christmas tunes.

Falcone provided cupcakes for the group at the conclusion of its performance.

“We want to thank Dan Falcone,” Swires said. “He helps the Salvation Army throughout the year, and we’re grateful he allowed us to have our kettle campaign kickoff here at Shop N Save.”

For anyone else who’d like to help, the obvious avenue is to donate whenever you see a red kettle. However, the Salvation Army also is looking for volunteers to serve as kettle bell-ringers. Individuals or organizations may call the Salvation Army at (724) 652-7921 for more information.

You also can give or collect donations online. Through www.OnlineRedKettle.org, supporters can create a virtual red kettle to raise donations from friends and family. Last year, more than $1.7 million was raised through Online Red Kettles to support the Christmas campaign. In addition, through Dec. 24, donors can text the word “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Red Kettle Campaign.

The kettle campaign traces its roots to 1891. Now, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2011, the campaign raised a record $147.6 million nationwide, helping The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance to 30 million Americans in need.

(Email: d_irwin@ncnewsonline.com)

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Union
  • 08.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Union to present ‘Wizard of Oz’

    Too nice. Too tall. Too funny.Actors in Union High’s musical production of “The Wizard of Oz” transformed and fine-tuned their personalities in preparation for tonight’s opening performance. The task presented challenges for director Diana M. Borowski’s cast.

    March 6, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Union sets kindergarten, pre-K registration

    Registration for kindergarten and pre-K students in the Union school district will be March 27 and 28. To enter the pre-kindergarten program, children must live in the district and be 4 years old before Oct. 1.

    January 20, 2014

  • Union French classes to continue on computer

    French classes will continue at Union High School, but they will be cyber classes. Dr. Alfonso Angelucci, district superintendent, Wednesday confirmed that former French teacher Angela Berger had resigned last month.

    January 16, 2014

  • Union teacher named state executive director

    Beginning March 1, the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils will have a new executive director for the first time in 37 years.

    January 15, 2014

  • Rooney.tiff Football News: Union grad to suit up for Team Europe — and Team USA

    Jordon Rooney will be a busy man next month. And that has very little to do with Christmas. The 23-year-old will compete in a pair of football games a little over a week apart near the end of December.

    November 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • school.jpg Group helps Union students, teachers

    A robotics program continues to grow in the Union Area School District. Fifth- and sixth-graders enjoyed Education Day at PNC Park. And two jazz band clinics also were able to take place.

    November 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • photo.tiff Union Township honors fallen son

    Yesterday’s prayers and Veterans Day remembrances in Union Township were for all veterans and soldiers. But special recognition was given to fallen Army Staff Sgt. Edward Mills Jr., whose name was unveiled on a monument at the municipal building and on a stone near the flagpole at the high school.

    November 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • High School Softball: Conforti takes over at Union

    There is a new leader in the Union High softball program. Anthony Conforti, 47 of Ellwood City, was hired to replace Gary Trimble as the Lady Scots’ coach. Trimble served as Union’s coach for nine years.

    November 7, 2013

  • Business.jpg Union teachers, board approve four-year pact

    The Union Area School Board and the district’s teachers have approved a four-year contract. By a 9-0 vote Wednesday, the board approved the pact that will run through June 30, 2017.

    October 18, 2013 1 Photo

  • Union.tiff Homecoming 2013: Check out our video, interview from Union!

    It's that time of year again when the hard-hitting action of Friday night football gives way to the elegance and pageantry of homecoming. Every Wednesday, look inside for special photo galleries featuring all attendants on this year's courts. This week: Union!
     

    October 16, 2013 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

The driver of the car that killed Shenango Township police officer Jerry McCarthy has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. You OK with the sentence?

Yes
No. Not long enough.
No. Too long.
Not sure
     View Results