The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland has a healthy start to the 2012 annual Red Kettle Campaign thanks to a generous $10,000 gift from Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren and his wife, Kathy, along with a matching $10,000 donation from the Browns.
Mike Holmgren has a personal connection with the Salvation Army. “I grew up with the Salvation Army as my grandparents were officers,” Holmgren said. “They do so much for so many and it is an honor and a privilege to help.”
Major Lurlene-Kay Johnson, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland said, “The Holmgrens have made such a difference with their generosity and the Browns matching gift is such a blessing. The $10,000 Browns donation has been earmarked to purchase hats that will be given to families with children participating in The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance program. We really can’t thank them enough.”
Red Kettle Campaign proceeds provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance year round. Annually, The Salvation Army in Greater Cleveland provides $15.5 million in services to low-income families and seniors.
The traditional Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve and at participating Wal-Mart stores, Sam’s Clubs, Dave’s Supermarkets, Giant Eagles and other retail locations. The campaign also has a high-tech component with virtual red kettles available on-line at www.onlineredkettle.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has helped nearly 30 million Americans in need each year. For more information, go to www.salvationarmycleveland.org