Service club to ring in the holidays.
PENTWATER — Pentwater Service Club members will volunteer as Salvation Army Red Kettle collection bell ringers in front of the Pentwater Post Office from 9 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15.
This continues a service club outreach project started over 25 years ago. The Salvation Army Red Kettle tradition dates back to 1891 in San Francisco when one of its captains put out an iron kettle to collect funds so people in need were properly fed during the holidays. Today, contributions into the kettles from passersby enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts to help those who would be otherwise forgotten.
Through the local outreach of the Salvation Army’s Family Social Service Center on Melendy Street in Ludington, those needing a hand can receive help with food, personal care items, utility payments, emergency shelter, rent/mortgage payments, medical prescriptions, clothing and furniture.
“Especially during the holiday season, assistance with everyday problems can help a family have the hope they need to start the new year,” says a posting on the Salvation Army’s website. It assists families by providing food, utility, rent, and other assistance.