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Salvation Army sets goal for red kettle campaign

By DON HIMSEL
Staff Writer

NASHUA – The local division of the Salvation Army has set a goal of $210,000 for this year’s red kettle campaign.

“The more people, the more funds we can raise,” said Amie Groff, the Nashua Salvation Army’s community relations manager. ...

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NASHUA – The local division of the Salvation Army has set a goal of $210,000 for this year’s red kettle campaign.

“The more people, the more funds we can raise,” said Amie Groff, the Nashua Salvation Army’s community relations manager.

“In 2015, we did $214,000. It is possible, definitely possible,” Groff said.

The ubiquitous red kettles and rhythmic bell found outside retailers are as part of Christmas as mistletoe, stockings and Santa Claus himself.

“All of the money goes to running the Salvation Army for the following year,” Groff said.

She made a long list of efforts operating under the Salvation Army’s guidance, from a food pantry to its clothing room, a seniors program and more.

The organization wants to grow its youth programs next year, including an after-school kids club.

“That’s going to be on Fridays, after school to 6 o’clock,” Groff said.

The program, to be held at the Salvation Army’s Montgomery Avenue annex, will provide music, games and a dinner in conjunction with the group’s current after-school program. Salvation Army officials hope for a January kickoff.

“There’s a definite need for children in the community to feel loved and be part of a group,” Groff said.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking at a statewide kickoff ceremony earlier this month, said the kettle effort embodies New Hampshire’s “all-hands-on-deck” spirit, proving that when “we care for each other, we all get stronger.”

The kettle drive started Nov. 11.

Nashua’s division has set up kettle locations at 17 spots in Nashua, Hudson, Merrimack and Amherst. With that broad spread, volunteers are still needed.

“We do two shifts during the day: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2 p.m.-7 p.m.,” Groff said.

She said if two or three people team up, it makes the time “more fun and enjoyable.”

Groff said the Salvation Army can accommodate larger groups that want to come out and volunteer as a team. Sometimes, she said, friendly competitions pop up that pit people in the group against each other to see who can raise the most money.

“We’ve had a pair of sisters who have done that,” she said. “It’s not official; it’s just fun.

“Some people have dressed up in the past. The more energetic you are, the more fun you’ll have and better you’ll do.”

People interested in taking a shift at a Salvation Army kettle in the area can contact Groff at 889-5151 or amie.groff@use.salvationarmy.org

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DonH.