REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER

The Halloween pumpkins, scary costumes and candies are all being put away for another year here in Coastal Georgia, but back in the land of my birth, children are excited for their own, very English celebration tomorrow night as they shoot fireworks, huddle around bonfires, drink hot chocolate and chant “Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot”!

Guy Fawkes Day always falls on November 5th, and it is often referred to as “Bonfire Night” in England.  It is a commemoration of the foiled Gunpowder Plot of 1605 by disgruntled Catholics to blow up Parliament along with the Protestant King James I, and then replace him with a Catholic monarchy.  Originally called Gunpowder Treason Day, children growing up in England just accept as normal the rather macabre tradition of making scarecrow-like straw effigies of the traitor Fawkes then burning his lifelike figure on top of a roaring bonfire on the night of November 5.

All this goes back in history to a story that every English child learns in school. It all began the night before a general parliamentary session scheduled for November 5, 1605, with the King planning to attend.  An anonymous letter sent to authorities warned of a plot to kill the King and blow up the Parliament Building.  The building was searched, and a Justice of the Peace discovered Guy Fawkes hiding in the cellar of the Parliament building guarding a whopping two tons of gunpowder.  Under torture, Guy Fawkes revealed that he was a participant in an English Catholic conspiracy organized by Robert Catesby, leader of the rebelling Catholics, to annihilate England’s entire Protestant government, including King James I.

His fellow conspirators were also caught, and, after a brief trial, they were all sentenced to be publicly hanged, drawn, and quartered in London – the penalty for high treason in these barbaric days.  A prisoner who was sentenced to be drawn and quartered was subject to one of the most disgusting and cruel methods of execution ever devised. It involved a person being hanged, cut down before dying and then disemboweled, castrated, beheaded, and cut into pieces. This punishment was also thought to put the person’s ascension into heaven in jeopardy even after confession, since it was widely believed that bodies had to be kept whole at death so they could rise at the second coming. On January 30, 1606, the gruesome public executions began in London, and on the next day Fawkes himself was called to meet his fate. While climbing to the hanging platform, however, he jumped from the ladder and broke his own neck, dying instantly, sparing himself from his sentence of an even more brutal death.

Anyway, back to contemporary celebrations of bonfire night.  For weeks in advance of November 5, young people build both huge piles of wood for bonfires and their effigies of Guy Fawkes.  In years past, children would go door to door asking for ‘a penny for the Guy’.  The money raised usually went towards buying fireworks and sparklers or occasionally for charity.  The mood is happy and celebratory.  My childhood memory is that it was usually freezing cold and often wet by early November in England, so we would bundle up in coats, hats and mittens as we lit the fires at sunset and watched them burn for hours.  We usually drank hot cocoa to keep warm and ate hot baked potatoes cooked in the fire’s embers.  If we were lucky, we would also have some hot English sausages called ‘bangers’.  The firework displays were a real highlight, with the fireworks symbolizing the gunpowder that would have been used to blow up Parliament and would have changed English history forever.

In the early days of the United States, the Guy Fawkes night holiday came over with the English colonists and continued to be celebrated in New York and Boston into the 19th century.  However, it was eventually eclipsed by Halloween, an originally Irish tradition which of course is also macabre in its own way with ghosts, ghouls and goblins.  Today back in the UK, thanks to globalization and the internet, Halloween is now becoming more popular there as well. The fact that Guy Fawkes Night takes place less than a week after Halloween means that it is not uncommon to find parties in Britain in late October or early November that celebrate both events.

 

There is more information at www.history.com

I say goodbye this week with the full 17th century English traditional rhyme, which I learned at a young age with all my British classmates:

“Remember, remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot

I see no reason why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot

 

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent

To blow up the King and the Parliament

Three score barrels of powder below

Poor old England to overthrow

By God’s providence he was catched

With a dark lantern and burning match

Holloa boys, holloa boys

God save the King!

Hip hip hooray!

Hip hip hooray!”

 

God Bless America and the United Kingdom!

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Lesley grew up in London, England and made Georgia her home in 2009.  She can be contacted at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com  or via her PR and marketing agency at www.lesleyfrancispr.com

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH TO HOST 11TH ANNUAL CLEAN ENERGY ROADSHOW

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH TO HOST 11TH ANNUAL CLEAN ENERGY ROADSHOW

SAVANNAH, GA – Nov. 3, 2021 – Georgia Tech-Savannah is slated to host the 11th Annual Clean Energy Roadshow with Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols, on Thursday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on campus, 210 Technology Dr. Savannah.

This zero-cost resiliency and sustainability educational seminar for government and commercial fleets will feature renewable natural gas, propane and electric vehicle conversions for light, medium and heavy-duty applications. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor showcase of state-of-the-art alternative fuel vehicles, including Georgia-based, Club Car small-wheel utility vehicles, Blue Bird electric and propane school buses and a class 8 Waste Management CNG Refuse hauler.

Experts will discuss how rural and urban communities could use and benefit from clean energy vehicles in both private and commercial transportation. Participants will be offered a walking tour of the various low-emission and zero-emission vehicles, and later a post-event guided technology tour of the Port Fuel Center in Port Wentworth – a few miles away from the GA Tech Savannah campus. Lunch is provided and the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

“We are pleased to have Tim Echols back on campus to host this year’s Clean Energy Roadshow to educate our local business and government leaders, along with the public, about the advantages of alternatively fueled vehicle technology. Every year, the road show connects with participants and provides them with additional resources, utilities, suppliers and advice on funding and project implementation for low and zero emissions,” said Diane Lee, executive director of the GT Savannah Campus. “Since the Roadshow’s inception, hundreds of clean fuel projects have started in Georgia; and we are glad to be able to bring this opportunity to the local community here on our Savannah campus.”

For the full agenda and to register for this free event, please visit www.CleanEnergyRoadshow.com

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH PARTNERS WITH SKY 3 ENTERTAINMENT AND BE THE LEAD TO HOST ‘RACE TO GIVE’ FUNDRAISER – NOV. 10

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH PARTNERS WITH SKY 3 ENTERTAINMENT AND BE THE LEAD TO HOST ‘RACE TO GIVE’ FUNDRAISER – NOV. 10

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BLOOMINGDALE, GA. – NOV. 3, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Savannah is partnering with Sky 3 Entertainment and the nonprofit organization Be The Lead to host the Race to Give fundraiser from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Roebling Road Raceway, located at 1135 Roebling Rd. in Bloomingdale. All proceeds from this event will go to supporting the Bloomingdale police and fire departments as well as The Salvation Army of Savannah and Be The Lead.

The Race to Give event will feature a race car display, a live concert by modern country artist, Steven Cade, as well as a meet and greet with Cade. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet author and Be The Lead founder, Brent Yates, Compass Racing Development founder and Sprint Cup champion, Mckenna Haase, and 30-year professional racing driver, John Estupinan.

“We are thrilled to be hosting an event where attendees can meet their favorite local racers and artists! The community will not only enjoy a concert and meet and greet but will also leave a positive impact on families and children across the Coastal Empire,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “Thank you to Sky 3 Entertainment and Be The Lead to host such an interesting and unique event.”

Steven Cade will also be donating guitars to The Salvation Army of Savannah. To support Cade’s efforts in donating guitars, please visit www.stevencade.com/tip-jar.

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 121 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. Whether the community is affected by COVID-19, hurricanes, floods, fires or the Spanish influenza that impacted the world over a century ago, The Salvation Army continues to serve those who need it the most.

For more information about TSA, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004. 

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY TO RECOGNIZE VETERAN’S DAY WITH SPECIAL PROGRAM, NOV. 10

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY TO RECOGNIZE VETERAN’S DAY WITH SPECIAL PROGRAM, NOV. 10

SAVANNAH, GA. – Nov. 2, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) will honor our nation’s veterans and active-duty military members with its annual Veteran’s Day program at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the school, 705 E Anderson Street. Every year SCA pays a special tribute with this program to veterans bringing awareness to the valor, sacrifice and service of military members and their families. 

Students in grades K-12 will produce poems, essays, and art for the Veteran’s Day program contest that will center on the theme, “Honor Those Who Served: The Centennial Commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”

The program will feature student speakers, special presentations, a “missing man” ceremony, and an opportunity for students to honor our nations local veterans. The SCA color guard will present and retire the colors which are vital to every Veteran’s Day program. Students will observe military procedures to gain a deeper respect for the American flag and all that it represents. SCA’s music and strings program along with guest performers will provide musical selections during the program which will invoke a spirit of patriotism and teach students the importance of patriotic music and its place in American culture.

“Providing our students with this opportunity to learn why patriotism is such a valued characteristic as they become responsible citizens is a teaching opportunity that we hold to the upmost importance. We want to use this Veteran’s Day program as a way to thank each and every one of our active military members and retired veterans and their families,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY TO HOST ‘SCA CLASS ACT GALA’ DINNER THEATER SHOW– DEC. 9

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY TO HOST ‘SCA CLASS ACT GALA’ DINNER THEATER SHOW– DEC. 9

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 1, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) is slated to host the “SCA’s Class Act Gala”, a dinner theatre show, that will feature performing arts pieces from SCA students. SCA parents and the community are invited to join for an evening of entertainment on Thursday, Dec. 9 in the school gymnasium, located at 705 E Anderson St., Savannah GA 31401.

During this event, students involved with Theatre Arts and Acting Department at SCA will present monologues, duologues, skits, music, and a featured One Act production of “The Bridge.” “The Bridge” is a one act play written by Ford Ainsworth that uses the popular children’s book, “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” as a model for highlighting the moral decay of today’s society. The dinner theatre will intertwine these performances into a three-course meal that will include an appetizer, salad, steak & baked potato, dessert, water, and tea. Tickets are required and seating is limited.

“We are so proud of the SCA students for all of their hard work and dedication they have portrayed as we worked to create a unique experience for their families,” said SCA CEO, Barry Lollis. “Our institution works diligently to provide avenues for creativity that the students get excited about. We are happy to invite our SCA family and the community to come out and enjoy dinner and a show!”

SCA ensures that all students achieve a challenging and content-rich classical education rooted in Greek philosophy. The Classical education model uses excellent literature, music, art, a rigorous and challenging study in language arts, including Spanish as a second language, and teaching of Latin and Greek roots, science, and history to educate children in the ways of civil society.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete complex tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. 

For more information about SCA’s Class Act Gala or to purchase tickets for the show, please visit http://www.savannahclassicalacademy.org/.  

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PRESERVATION ECONOMIST DONOVAN RYPKEMA PRESENTS

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Historic Beaufort Foundation

By Mary Thompson 

PRESERVATION ECONOMIST DONOVAN RYPKEMA PRESENTS

Leading preservationist economist Donovan Rypkema will speak on the economic impact of historic preservation at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at USCB’s Center for the Arts.

The talk is open to the public and will include a Q&A at the end. Masks are required. The event is being sponsored by the City of Beaufort, Historic Beaufort Foundation and USCB’s Center for the Arts. It will be livestreamed on the City of Beaufort’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/CityBeaufortSC.

Rypkema is principal of Place Economics, a real estate and economic development consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Educated at Columbia University, Rypkema earned a Master of Science in historic preservation, and is author of several publications including Community Initiated Development, The Economics of Rehabilitation, and the Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings. His book, “The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide,” is widely used nationwide and has been translated into Russian and Korean.

Rypkema has undertaken assignments for public and non-profit sector clients in 49 states. He has worked with such groups as the Urban Land Institute, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, the American Planning Association, Smart Growth America, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the International Downtown Association. His federal clients have included the Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.

Rypkema shared in an interview in 2018 with South Dakota Public Broadcasting, “We’re really in the business of economic development, and so we don’t advocate for historic preservation with historic preservation as an end, we argue for it as a means to a lot of things, including its economic impact, and that manifests itself in a greater labor intensity, so it means local jobs, it means a difference in property value appreciation, which means money in the pockets of homeowners, it means a central role in downtown revitalization, it means a lower level of foreclosure patterns in historic districts, it means an incubator for small and startup businesses, there’s a whole range of contributions that historic buildings make that aren’t because of some stupid gargoyles. It’s really of the kind of character and quality of those buildings.”

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY HOSTS FALL FINE ARTS PROGRAM SHOWCASING STUDENT ART

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY HOSTS FALL FINE ARTS PROGRAM SHOWCASING STUDENT ART

SAVANNAH, GA. – Oct. 29, 2021 – Last evening, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) hosted its “Fall Fine Arts Showcase,” featuring art from SCA students.

This “creepy-crawly” themed showcase featured a Fall program full of fun, food, and entertainment to kick off the season with themed music performed by SCA’s lower school students. This program also included selections from the lower and upper school strings programs. Patrons enjoyed student’s artwork and, a new addition to the Fall Fine Arts event, entertaining skits from SCA’s Theatre Arts/Acting program.

“Our students work all semester to prepare this fun-filled event for their families. They have been looking forward to putting on this scary show,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis. “We enjoyed celebrating fine arts week with this brilliant showcase!”  

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete complex tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. 

For more information about SCA, please visit http://www.savannahclassicalacademy.org/.  

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SPIRIT OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH KICKS OFF COMMUNITY SPEAKERS SERIES WITH 2 LOCAL LEADERS

SPIRIT OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH KICKS OFF COMMUNITY SPEAKERS SERIES WITH 2 LOCAL LEADERS

BRYAN COUNTY, GA. – OCTOBER 28, 2021 – Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church recently launched a Community Speakers Series. The initiative is designed to bring leaders of nonprofits and other philanthropic organizations from around Bryan County into the church, where they speak to parishioners after Sunday services. During their presentations, the community speakers share information about their organization’s mission, programs, and work in the area.

The first two speakers in the series were Summer Patterson, Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services’ Deputy Chief of EMA/Division Chief of EMS, and Britnee Kinard, founder and CEO of S.D. Gunner Fund, which was created to assist veterans, exceptional children, and first responders with the financial expense of owning much needed service and therapy animals.

Patterson spoke about emergency preparedness and fire safety, especially as the holiday season nears and fire pits, fireplaces, candles and lights become more frequently used. BCFES makes public and education and outreach a large part of their work in the community.

Kinard spoke about S.D. Gunner Fund’s newest initiatives and programs, in addition to many community partnerships they have formed to host fundraisers and events that are quite popular among their supporters. Kinard first founded S.D. Gunner when her husband, a Purple Heart Veteran, was in need of a service dog, but their family found it difficult to navigate all the red tape required in order to receive one. After she successfully assisted her husband, other veterans got wind of Kinard’s strong leadership skills and began to request help. Thus, a nonprofit organization was born.

Spirit of Peace Pastor Devin Strong and his congregation were happy to welcome their first two speakers to the church and look forward to hearing from additional local leaders and nonprofit organizers.

“Both Summer and Britnee gave wonderful presentations, full of valuable information, interesting background material and great suggestions for ways to support their organizations and be more involved in our community,” Strong said. “We thank both of them sincerely for sharing their valuable time with us and hope they’ll come back to visit again in the future.”

Any local nonprofit or philanthropic organization leaders and founders who are interested in speaking as part of Spirit of Peace’s Community Speakers Series can reach out to the church by calling (912) 727-5608 or emailing tara@spiritofpeacelutheran.org.

Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministry, promoting a lifestyle of worship and loving service through word and prayer so that all of God’s children will know Christ’s transforming joy. For more information about this event or Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church, please visit www.spiritofpeacelutheran.org.

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GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH INVITES LOCAL YOUTH TO LAUNCH PARTY FOR “YOUR VOICE IS POWER”

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH INVITES LOCAL YOUTH TO LAUNCH PARTY FOR “YOUR VOICE IS POWER”

SAVANNAH, GA. – October 26, 2021 – The Center for Education Integrating Science Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Tech-Savannah is hosting the “Your Voice is Power” (YVIP) Launch Party on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. on campus at 210 Technology Drive, Savannah. Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade(K-12), teachers, and parents are invited to this free kickoff event featuring coding tutorials and special speakers as well as food trucks, prizes, swag, and music from a local DJ. Registration is required for all participants.

Each year, Georgia Tech hosts the Your Voice is Power learning experience and coding competition allowing students to explore how computer science, music, and entrepreneurship can advance equity. Using Georgia Tech’s EarSketch platform, students code a 30 second – 3 minute musical remix using a popular song.

The featured speakers for this event include Chalece Delacoudray, a music technologist whose expertise has helped shape Your Voice is Power, and Victoria Baylor, a Certified Mindset and Clarity Coach, TEDx Speaker, Teacher, and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author. Chalece is featured in the Your Voice is Power curriculum videos and has led the workshops to help students learn EarSketch and song structures.

The YVIP Launch Party will host activities throughout the day. Morning activities are intended for teachers, home school families/cohorts, as well as 7-12th grade students. Afternoon activities are suitable for all ages.

  • Coding Workshops (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – Participants can get a head start in the Your Voice is Power competition by learning how to code in EarSketch. The workshop will guide and demonstrate how to utilize EarSketch and its Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to create their remixes for the competition.
  • Food Trucks (12:30 p.m. onwards) – Attendees will have the option to purchase food and support Savannah’s local food trucks while taking a break from the day’s activities.
  • DJ, Guest Speakers, and Giveaways (1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.) – Closing out a day of learning and fun, attendees can groove to the beats of the local DJ, hear from featured speakers, and participate in the giveaways.

“We are kicking off another year of making beats and learning code with this fun, interactive YVIP Launch Party. We highly encourage students to attend and participate to get familiar with the EarSketch Platform – it helps you learn to code using the most popular programming language in an exciting, creative way by making music,” said Timothy Cone, Savannah CEISMC Program Director at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus. “Everyone loves music, and by educating through this innovative way, students learn a valuable, life-long skill that they can take with them into their future education and careers. We can’t wait to interact with everyone there and prepare for another great round of the annual competition!”

The event is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit https://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/savannah/.

For more information on the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus, visit https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH ANNOUNCES 2021 RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WITH BASS PRO SHOPS ‘SANTA WONDERLAND KICK OFF’ EVENT – NOV. 6

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THE SALVATION ARMY OF SAVANNAH ANNOUNCES 2021 RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WITH BASS PRO SHOPS ‘SANTA WONDERLAND KICK OFF’ EVENT – NOV. 6

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SAVANNAH, GA. – Oct. 26, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Savannah is slated to kick off the holiday season with the launch of its annual Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. during the “Santa Wonderland Kick Off” event at Bass Pro Shop, located at 14045 Abercorn St., Savannah. This event will feature a special visit from Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman.

This free and family-friendly community event will include a Christmas themed tailgate with cookies and hot cocoa for all, with children receiving complimentary goodie bags. This event will raise awareness of the iconic Salvation Army fundraising programs including red kettles, as well as the organization’s Angel Tree Program. The Red Kettle Campaign provides the best way for the local community to assist in The Salvation Army’s mission of ‘Doing the Most Good’ in Savannah. Without the support of the community, The Salvation Army could not provide food and lodging to people in need in our region year-round.  

“The Red Kettle Campaign is kicking off this year with an amazing partnership with Bass Pro Shops at their Santa Wonderland Kickoff! We are encouraging people to take part in Doing The Most Good in Savannah this holiday season,” said The Salvation Army of Savannah’s Major Paul Egan. “The participation and community support we received last year helped us meet our campaign goals which we are extremely grateful for and we would love to feel that support again this year. Patrons of this joint event can rest assured that they will enjoy the season of Christmas while impacting families and children across the Coastal Empire!” 

The Salvation Army is always in need of volunteers to ring the kettles at partner locations during the holiday season to ensure more funds are raised during this campaign to benefit their mission. A volunteer bell ringer raises more donations on average, but less than 10 percent of bell ringers are volunteers. One hour of bell ringing can provide a meal for a family of four, and an entire day of ringing (eight hours) can provide lodging for a family of four for one month.

One of the best ways to help during the Red Kettle Campaign is to sign up as an individual or group for a week of volunteering. Volunteer shifts are eight hours a day with hours from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Flexible volunteer opportunities are available for scheduling at www.registertoring.com.

The Salvation Army has served greater Savannah for the past 120 years and has always supported the most vulnerable in our community. Whether the community is affected by COVID-19, hurricanes, floods, fires or the Spanish influenza that impacted the world over a century ago, The Salvation Army continues to serve those who need it the most.

For more information about TSA, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004. 

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For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, or Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood