One goal: Help others

STEUBENVILLE – The Salvation Army of Jefferson County is in the busy season – looking for help to help others.

In progress since Nov. 6, the kettle campaign to raise $35,000 has been under way at Kroger locations, then at Kmart beginning Nov. 12.

Come Friday, the red kettles and ringing bells will have a presence as well at Big Lots in Wintersville, then at Wal-Mart beginning on Nov. 29, Black Friday.

Area residents will have the opportunity to make donations at these locations from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday through Christmas Eve, according to Capts. Steve and Dolly Griffin, commanding officers. Lorraine Linton is kettle coordinator.

“We’re trying to do the same as last year,” Capt. Steve Griffin said of the fundraising effort. “The money goes to help with Christmas programs,” he added. That includes food baskets and toys.

While volunteers are in place to ring the bells, more are always welcome to come on board, according to the Griffins, who said individuals, service organizations or church groups, for example, can contact the Salvation Army at (740) 282-5121.

While that undertaking focuses on Christmas, another outreach happens on Thanksgiving with a free traditional holiday dinner with all the trimmings open to the community. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the Salvation Army, which is located at 332 N. Fourth St.

Volunteers prepare the meal, the bulk of which is purchased by the Salvation Army, but donations of desserts and other items are appreciated, they said. For the homebound, meals will be delivered, provided the Salvation Army is contacted by Nov. 26.

As many as 400 meals are anticipated to be prepared, the Griffins said.

In addition to the kettle campaign, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program is in progress with residents invited to purchase Christmas gifts for 350 area boys and girls. Names and a “wish list” of gifts are available on angel trees at Dollar General in Steubenville and Wintersville; Kings Restaurant in Wintersville; Wal-Mart Superstore; Huntington Bank, Hollywood Plaza, Steubenville; Bob Evans; Applebee’s; Eastern Gateway Community College; the Social Security office, Steubenville; and First National Bank locations in Wintersville and Steubenville.

The “wish list” provides suggestions, but residents are at liberty to provide any age-appropriate gift, which should be returned unwrapped at the location from which the name tag was taken.

The Salvation Army will operate a gift wrapping station true to tradition at the Fort Steuben Mall beginning Dec. 9 and continuing through Dec. 23.

“We’ll be there every day but Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” Capt. Dolly Griffin said, noting she is recruiting volunteers with a knack for gift wrapping.

The holiday season will wrap up with a New Year’s Day dinner at the Salvation Army from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 1.

The menu will include ham, sauerkraut, scalloped potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. There will be no deliveries, but patrons are welcome to eat in or get carryouts.

Volunteers to help with the New Year’s Day dinner would be appreciated, the Griffins said.

To donate to the Salvation Army, call (740) 282-5121 or mail a gift to the Salvation Army at P.O. Box 1226, Steubenville, OH 43952.