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October 27, 2014

Salvation Army Kicks Off 'Red Kettle' Campaign on Nov. 13

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Salvation Army will kick off its 'Red Kettle' campaign on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6:45 p.m., prior to the Oswego County Legislature meeting at the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

The public is invited to attend the kick-off in support of the 'Red Kettle' campaign.

"The upcoming year will be challenging with increased needs within the county, and the success of this campaign is critical to our operations," said Major James Purvis, who together with his wife Major Kathryn Purvis serves as executive director of the Salvation Army of Oswego County. "The response from the Oswego County community and

area businesses has always been strong and is very much appreciated. All money donated stays within Oswego County to serve those in need of assistance."

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, District 13, New Haven, will present a proclamation in support of the 'Red Kettle' campaign during the meeting.

The 'Red Kettle' campaign is the Oswego County Salvation Army's largest fundraiser of the year. This year's goal of $106,000 is needed to fund the agency's operating budget. The soup kitchens and food pantries in Oswego and Fulton, which comprise the largest share of the operating budget, provided more than 100,000meals to Oswego County families in 2013.

The 'Red Kettle' campaign begins Nov. 14 and continues through Dec. 24, excluding Thanksgiving Day and Sundays. Kettles will be placed in more than 30 locations across Oswego County.

"Volunteers are desperately needed," said Major James Purvis. "We welcome any individual, family, business, organization or church that can assist us by standing at a kettle location."

Those who would like to volunteer are asked to call the Salvation Army Kettle Lineat 315-207-3359 or e-mail oswegocountysalarmy@gmail.com.

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