Ten-year-old Aurora Kulp raised $1,200 for the Salvation Army last year, and she hopes to collect even more this year.
As the reigning Junior Miss Queen of Charities, Aurora was the guest of honor Thursday at the kickoff of the Salvation Armys Red Kettle Campaign.
More than 30 red collection kettles will be placed at area businesses today, and volunteers will stand by to ring the bell and accept donations throughout the holiday season. An additional 18 kettles will be placed after Thanksgiving, Major Harold Poff said. The Salvation Army hopes to raise $265,000 this year. The bar was lowered after last years goal of $325,000 came up short by more than $73,000, Poff said.
Poff is worried that this year might be a tough time for donors and recipients.
Many peoples hours have been cut, and their employers may no longer provide them with health care, Poff said. This will affect the working poor, which are often the ones we serve.
But its impossible to predict, he said.
Sometimes when things are the worst, donations are up, Poff said.
He urged people to donate whatever they can when they see the red kettles.
We even take – and appreciate – pennies, Poff said.
Aurora will be ringing the bell at J.C. Penney in Glenbrook Mall, she said.
To raise money last year, Aurora baked pies, held a fashion show and made and sold doll clothes and lip gloss, with help from her mother, Elizabeth Kulp.
Aurora has been raising money for the Salvation Army for the past three years, her mother said.