LUBBOCK, Texas — On Thursday, United Supermarkets, Market Street and the Lubbock Salvation Army launched the annual Red Kettle Campaign. Throughout the campaign, bell-ringers will man Red Kettles throughout the area at local retail, grocery and shopping mall locations.
The goal for 2020 is $250,000.00 for the campaign, which runs through Christmas Eve.
At over 100 years old, the Red Kettle Campaign is a tradition of charity unlike any other. The Salvation Army and United Supermarkets have partnered for many years in Lubbock to make sure people from across the community have an opportunity to participate in this tradition and help their neighbors in need.
This year, an anonymous donor made a sizeable donation to the campaign to challenge others to give as well. In response, United Supermarkets committed a $1,000 donation of its own to help kick off the campaign.
“We’re honored to be part of a community that takes the well-being and care of others so seriously,” said Major David Worthy, with the Salvation Army. “The donor’s challenge and United’s response to that challenge are the kinds of things that make Lubbock the community that we all love and revere. The beauty of the Red Kettle Campaign is that it is ignited by The Salvation Army, but fueled by the community – every penny raised through the campaign remains right here in West Texas to provide life-sustaining services and programs to so many in need – during the holiday season and throughout the year.”
“I’ve seen the place that the Salvation Army has in our community,” said Robert Taylor, CEO of the United Family. “It has a way of helping the less fortunate that sometimes get left out. And at this time of year, we can’t see that happen, but especially this year. So, we will be having our Red Kettles and our volunteer bell ringers outside our stores this year. And I just ask that the people that go through the stores remember how fortunate some of us are and to be generous with the Salvation Army.”
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About The United Family®
In its 104th year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC – d.b.a. The United Family® – is a grocery chain with stores in 53 communities in Texas and New Mexico. A self-distributing company with headquarters and their distribution center in Lubbock, The United Family currently operates 95 stores under five unique banners: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express, along with ancillary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, Praters and Llano Logistics. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertsons LLC. For more information, please visit www.unitedtexas.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 155 years. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmylubbock.org.
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