Released 6 December 2011
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With a goal of $45,000 to help children and families in Grady and Caddo counties this year, the local Salvation Army's annual Kettle Drive is in full swing. With less than a month to Christmas, local volunteers are wondering if they'll raise enough for toys, clothes and food to share this Christmas, said Lt. James Biddix, who leads the local corps.
"We had a great year last year and came within striking distance of our $45,000 goal," Biddix said. "Chickasha has a big heart. I believe it's possible that we could reach our 2011 goal, but we have a long ways to go in one month weeks."
So far, local donors have shared more than $10,405 in the bright red kettles, as of Saturday. Every dollar given in local kettles stays here in Grady or Caddo counties, Biddixpoints out.
"The funds we raise through the red kettles allow us to provide food boxes for the hungry, give relief to victims of disaster, and manage year-round programs throughout Grady and Caddo counties. Visibility of The Salvation Army is greater during the holidays because of the kettles; however, we want everyone to know our programs are constant. Last year we assisted more than 600 children in dire need in Grady and Caddo counties just during Christmas. We expect to serve over 700 children in need this Christmas season."
This year TSA Red Kettles are located in Chickasha at Atwoods, Goody's Dunn's Foods, Grady Memorial, Homeland, The Post Office, Walgreens and Walmart. In Anadarko, shoppers will find bell ringers at the Walmart and Williams Food Store. In Tri-City, a kettle is located at the Walmart.
More information or assistance about Christmas programs and events planned by The Salvation Army is available from Lt. James or Teresa Biddix at 405-224-5647. Persons interested in volunteering to ring the bell can call the number above, or Randy Talley at 405-574-1337.