LIEUTENANT JONATHAN TAMAYO and the Salvation Army of Shiawassee County kicked off its annual Red Kettle Drive Saturday, Nov. 5 at Walmart in Owosso. Tamayo announced that this year’s fundraising goal is $65,000, with several local businesses serving as collection/donation centers. VG’s Grocery, Kroger, JCPenney, 5/3 Bank, and the Owosso Post Office will allow collections from Nov. 9 until Dec. 24, Walmart will allow collections from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24, and Carl’s Supermarket in Perry will allow collections from Dec. 5 through Dec. 17.
Tamayo (center on platform) was joined during the ceremonial bell ringing by (from left, behind band) Salvation Army Advisory Board members David Shepherd and Dave Conant, 2016 Curwood Attendant Valerie Clark and Queen Kaycee Ogle, and Salvation Army Program Coordinator Torrie Frantz. Also joining the kick-off party were the Salvation Army Youth Band of Shiawassee County and Genesee County Salvation Army Coordinator Caleb Senn, who can be seen standing amongst the band in full uniform and sunglasses.
While the Red Kettle Drive is an important fundraiser for the Salvation Army, Tamayo also announced on Saturday that the Salvation Army, is partnering with the NCG Owosso Cinema to offer a special showing package for the upcoming new release “Fantastic Beasts. The showing will be at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the Owosso theater, and purchase of the $12 ticket includes one movie ticket worth $5, a small pop and popcorn worth $2.75, and a $4.25 donation to the Shiawassee County Salvation Army. Additionally, Tamayo pledged that, as usual, all funds raised will be put back into our local community. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)