Lake Ridge, VA, December 11, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday night at the Wal-Mart located near Potomac Mills, as people hurried in to do their holiday shopping, many stopped by afterwards to put a few dollars, or even their pocket change into the famous Salvation Army Red Kettle. Ringing the bells to encourage the donations were volunteers from The Lake Ridge Rotary Club who braved the chilly weather for a worthy cause.
“I’m proud of our club members who took time out of their busy schedules to help raise funds for the Salvation Army,” said Rotarian and project coordinator Lance Frye. “Many people don’t know that they often have paid staff to ring the bells, so volunteers doing so means more of the donations get to the folks who need it.”
Dating back to 1891, the Red Kettle program is now a global phenomenon with the ubiquitous bell ringers and Red Kettle outside of shops and on city street corners where generous people make a difference, one coin or bill at a time.
The Lake Ridge Rotary Club’s members support different causes and local charities, always striving to live up to Rotary International’s motto of “Service Above Self” and helping the Salvation Army with the Red Kettle program is a favorite.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org.
About Rotary International
Rotary is a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary’s 1.2 million members hail from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit rotary.org and endpolionow.org.
About The Rotary Club of Lake Ridge Virginia
The Rotary Club of Lake Ridge Virginia was chartered in 1988 and supports a remarkable variety of humanitarian and educational service projects that touch the lives of both local and international communities. The Club meets every Wednesday at 7:30am at Westminster at Lake Ridge.