Neighbor of the Week: Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Neighbor of the Week: Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Represents: Key West United Methodist Church
Profession: Purchasing Supervisor, Keys Energy Services
Mother: one son, 17-year old T.J. Hamm

Why She Rings:
“Money is so tight. There are so many people going without. The Salvation Army provides meals, clothing, and shelter for a lot of people, so it’s important.

Why She’s Thankful:
“I can always put food on the table and my family is taken care of. So, this is my way of giving back to people less fortunate.”

Other Missions:
Put shoes on children who can’t afford them Special Olympics- Her son plays bocce ball and cycles!

Chobie Oropeza

Represents: Key West United Methodist Church
Profession: Retired, Keys Energy Services
Mother: Two daughters, four granddaughters, one great-granddaughter

Why She Rings:
“With all that’s going on right now. People do need it, and the Salvation Army does help. Celebrating Christmas is also about having the church involved, and recognizing the birth of Christ. We need to get across that meaning. This is what Christmas actually is.”

Why She’s Thankful:
“I’m able to do something, and that makes me feel good. My granddaughters are provided for and for others to have a toy under the tree is great.”

Other Missions:
Throwing a holiday social at Bayshore Manor where her 91-year old Mother

 

Pictured are Susan Hamm (left) and Chobie Oropeza (right) outside of Publix this week collecting change and bills from members of the community. The two ladies represent Key West United Methodist Church. Chobie has been volunteering her time for the Salvation Army’s mission for ten years! Susan Hamm (left) and Chobie Oropeza (right) outside of Publix this week collecting change and bills from members of the community. The two ladies represent Key West United Methodist Church. Chobie has been volunteering her time for the Salvation Army’s mission for ten years!

 

 

Red Kettle
Since its inception dating back to 1891, the red kettle campaign has evolved to be a plastic red bucket, but the premise remains unchanged. “They, the members of the community, drop more than change,” observes Chobie, “it makes you feel good.” Since its inception dating back to 1891, the red kettle campaign has evolved to be a plastic red bucket, but the premise remains unchanged. “They, the members of the community, drop more than change,” observes Chobie, “it makes you feel good

 

 

 

 

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