Knights of Columbus donate to Salvation Army

From left are Grand Knight Maurice Aldrich, of the Knights of Columbus Council 425 of the Corry Catholic Community, Corry Salvation Army Maj. Kevin Brennan and Deputy Grand Knight Ed Bogert during a 2019 check presentation in which the Knights donated to the Salvation Army. The Red Kettle Campaign is about to kick off this year and the Knights will be right there to help, as they have been for more than 25 years. Community members this year especially are being asked to donate however they can to keep the Salvation Army's programs serving the area.

Residents soon will see the familiar red kettles and bell ringers raising funds for the Salvation Army in Corry as the Christmas season approaches.
But like many other things, the pandemic is affecting the campaign that raises money to serve the community, and more of the community may need to step in and help.
Maj. Kevin Brennan of the Corry Salvation Army said adjustments will be made to be in line with CDC recommendations on the coronavirus.
The red kettles will be set up 15 to 20 feet from the front door at Walmart this year. 
Bell ringers will be masked and will be sure to leave space around the kettle when people step up to donate.
"Donations to the Red Kettle Campaign are crucial this year," Brennan said. "We won't have as many people out ringing the bells because of the pandemic."
The ability to pay digitally was implemented last year, with Apple Pay and Google Pay, and those will be options again this year for people who may prefer cashless, and contactless, donations.
The Knights of Columbus Council 425 of the Corry Catholic Community will be lending a hand to the Salvation Army as they have done for more than 25 years.
Deputy Grand Knight Ed Bogert said they're all too happy to help.
"We'll be there on Black Friday and ready to ring the bells," Bogert said.
The Knights have typically been able to raise about $1,000 for the Salvation Army during the Red Kettle Campaign and with an annual donation. 
This year, the Knights have already donated $200.
"For all the good they do, everyone - businesses, organizations, even families - can step up and help ring the bell," Bogert said. "Between all the food at Thanksgiving, Christmas, toys for kids, the backpack program and all the things they do for the community, we all need to help them. Even if you can't volunteer, then donate. The people of Corry are always so giving. This year, with this pandemic though, more and more people need help. It's affecting everyone."
 Brennan said they plan to carry on their programs that serve the community, though adjustments have to be made.
The Thanksgiving dinner that's usually served at the Salvation Army, 127 W. Washington St., will be only a takeout dinner this year. 
Brennan said the event is also being hindered by the lack of people able to be there in person. 
Though its programs do have to be modified, Brennan is optimistic.
"Hopefully, we'll still see a lot of people come out to ring bells or donate," he said.

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