Kettle drive kickoff

On Friday, at the Statehouse in Concord, Gov. Chris Sununu will officially kick off The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Kettle fundraising drive.

Although many of the familiar red kettle already can be seen throughout the state, Sununu is looking to bring more attention to the annual campaign.

More than 46,000 New Hampshire residents received help from The Salvation Army last year. That’s a staggering number, and the need – unfortunately – continues to grow.

“The holiday season is a time for all Granite Staters to come together and show that a deep sense of caring and a spirit of giving is deeply embedded in every one of us,” Sununu said. “The Salvation Army Statewide Kettle Campaign is an important holiday tradition that aides Granite Staters in need throughout the state, and I look forward to ringing the bell at a kettle in the near future.”

Funds raised through the kettle drive go toward homeless shelters, as well as assisting individuals in need through various programs. Those interested in donating can go to

There are nine Salvation Army facilities in New Hampshire that offer services and programs for children, adults and seniors: Nashua, Berlin, Concord, Derry, Greater Seacoast, Keene, Laconia, Manchester and Rochester.

We praise The Salvation Army for spearheading this campaign, and encourage people to assist by dropping in spare change or a few dollars on their way in or out from their own shopping trips. Every dollar helps and goes a long way in assisting our many neighbors in need this holiday season.

We also praise the governor for taking time out of his busy schedule to bring this issue – and this fundraising drive – to everyone’s attention.