Second-graders sing for Salvation Army

Olivia Bates didn't know what The Salvation Army was, but she planned to ask her teacher once she got back to the classroom on Monday afternoon. Olivia, 7, was one of 16 students in Marlene Guzek's class that sang Christmas songs by The Salvation Army's red kettles at three stops on Monday.
Mark Brooky
Dec 20, 2011

 

This is the third year Guzek has taken her second-grade class around the Tri-Cities for caroling as part of the Red Kettle campaign.

“It’s a pretty fabulous Christmas idea for spreading joy,” said Jane Anderson of The Salvation Army’s Grand Haven corps.

The children were led in song by the school’s music teacher, Beth Snoap, and accompanied by family and supporters ringing the familiar Salvation Army bells.

“The music teacher does a Christmas program (at the school), so then that’s what they sing,” Guzek said.

The carolers appeared at red kettles at the Walmart store in Grand Haven Township and D&W Fresh Market in Grand Haven, then wrapped up their tour in front of Orchard Market in Spring Lake Township.

St. Mary’s last day of classes before the Christmas break is Wednesday.

To see more photos from the event, click here.

The Salvation Army launched its Red Kettle drive on Nov. 18 in an effort to raise $20,000 for its programs to help needy families during the holiday season. Capt. Jay Davis estimated that the local Salvation Army will help more than 400 families this Christmas season.

The Salvation Army also has set up an “Angel Tree” toy collection program, in which toys can be given directly to the organization or donations can be made for purchase of toys through an arrangement with JC Penney stores.

To make a donation or to volunteer, call The Salvation Army at 842-3380.

By the way, if you’re like Olivia and want to know more about The Salvation Army, visit www.salvationarmy.org and click on “About Us” at the top of the page.

 

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