28 November 2018

Augusta, Maine –The Salvation Army will kick off its Annual Christmas Kettle Effort when Governor Paul R. LePage brings greetings in a brief ceremony to be held in the Cabinet Room at the Statehouse in Augusta on Monday, December 3, 10:30 a.m.

A Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will also be part of the festivities playing holiday carols.    The charitable organization expects to have more than 130 red kettles throughout the state on street corners and shopping areas through December 24th.  

“For 127 years, Salvation Army red kettles around the world have been linked to the Christmas season and to compassion for the needy,” said Governor LePage. “Mainers are generous people known to help our neighbors, and the kettle campaign is one way to help those who need it most. So, the next time you hear the sound of a ringing bell and see the red kettle, please consider making a donation. You’ll be giving back to your community and perhaps even a neighbor in need.”    

However, they provide much more than atmosphere and nostalgia during the Christmas season.  Last year, funds donated at these kettles enabled The Salvation Army to provide services and programs to 42,000 men, women and children statewide during the holidays and throughout the year. The Salvation Army provided food, clothing, utilities and emergency disaster aid.   Also, children were provided the opportunity to attend The Salvation Army’s Camp Sebago in Standish.

There are nine Salvation Army Corps (facilities) in Maine that offer services and programs for children, adults and seniors.

  • Bangor
  • Capital Region- Augusta and Waterville communities
  • Bath
  • Houlton
  • Lewiston
  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Portland
  • Rockland
  • Sanford

Also, The Salvation Army serves those in need in 91 other communities through its service units manned by volunteers.

If you are unable to make it to one of our kettles, please visit fundraiseforgood.org to make a donation in the area of choice.

For further information please contact Patricia James at (207) 245-3732