Centerpoint Church looking for volunteers to man red kettles this holiday season

Centerpoint Church, A Ministry of the Salvation Army is searching for volunteers to man this year's red kettles.
Centerpoint Church, A Ministry of the Salvation Army is searching for volunteers to man this year's red kettles.(James Barrickman)
Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 3:08 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - A local organization is calling on everyone in the southeast Iowa area to help them rescue Christmas this year.

The team formerly known as the Ottumwa Salvation Army, has undergone a name change. It will now be referred to as Centerpoint Church, A Ministry of the Salvation Army. The move comes as the group searches prepares to kick off this year’s Red Kettle campaign.

“The Salvation Army, in its thinking, says the community of Ottumwa still needs the church. It still needs that part of the Salvation Army. So, that’s why my wife and I are here. To reestablish, and restart the church of the Salvation Army as something new," said Joel Arthur, an envoy at Centerpoint Church.

Centerpoint Church, located at 505 W Main Street in Ottumwa, is still an affiliate of the Salvation Army. However, they will no longer be operating as a thrift store. But, it will be continuing its Red Kettle campaign, the famous holiday tradition to bring funds to those in need.

"We feel that, as COVID continues, and as people’s needs arise even more, that need is going to be even greater this year,” said Arthur.

And as Centerpoint Church perserveres through the pandemic this holiday season, they want potential kettle volunteers to know that safety is their top priority.

"As people donate, we’ll have hand sanitizer available. All of our volunteers that will be out there will be masked. So, the safety concerns are still in place,” Arthur explained.

If you would like to sign up to help with this year’s kettles, you can do so by signing up at beginning on October 19th. The Red Kettle campaign kicks off this year on November 20th.

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