Parkersburg Salvation Army raises profile with kettle-painting contest

With the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, people wary of venturing outside and the fall-off in traffic to local retailers, The Salvation Army in Parkersburg, West Virginia – like many other corps – faces a challenging Red Kettle campaign season. How to get people excited and engaged?

Majors Patrick and Carey Richmond, corps officers, took inspiration from an innovation introduced by Majors Brooks and Lori Gilliam several years ago at the Charleston, West Virginia, Corps: a kettle-painting contest, with the help of local artists and businesses.

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