The Tampa Bay Lightning will help ring in The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign for the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, Nov. 27, prior to their game against the St Louis Blues at 7:00 p.m. The Lightning will also make the ceremonial first donation to the campaign, during the game.
Every year, The Salvation Army helps nearly 30 million people, roughly one person per second. Donations help provide more than 10 million nights of shelter, roughly 58 million meals, and after-school and substance abuse programs. During the holiday season, nearly 4.2 million people rely on The Salvation Army to provide their families with warm meals on Christmas Day or toys for their children. Through The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, more than 1 million children receive necessities and toys.
"The Salvation Army is grateful for the partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning," Captain Andy Miller, Area Commander of the Salvation Army in Tampa said. "We truly believe the fans of The Lightning are the most passionate people in Tampa Bay and know that their voices will help spread the message of hope and healing this holiday season."
The Red Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve. It is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. Last year The Salvation Army in Tampa served more than 61,824 people through meals, shelter, and rental and utility assistance in Hillsborough County. The money raised impacts the lives of more than 250,000 men, women and children through social services programs in the Tampa Bay Area by providing meals, shelter, clothing and holiday assistance.
From its humble beginnings in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. More than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the Red Kettles.
Groups may adopt a kettle site during the holiday season and volunteer to ring the bell at that location. For more information on The Salvation Army's programs and services throughout the Bay Area, and to sign-up to volunteer, visit salvationarmytampabay.org.