By John F. Marshall
Senior Vice President
Having worked with The Salvation Army now for several years, our firm has a very keen understanding of and appreciation for all that goes into running a successful Christmas Campaign. It takes a tremendous effort: securing as many kettle sites as possible, recruiting both volunteer and paid bell ringers and making certain that the daily kettle income is counted and is deposited in a timely manner.
And we are also aware that at the same time all the kettle activities are happening, there is a tremendous amount of time and effort that goes into preparing for the many other Christmas-related programs the Army offers: collecting and distributing toys, planning parties for young and old alike and making certain that families will have food for their Christmas dinner.
We are not sure just how all of this gets done, but one thing we do know is that you can always use additional help. That’s why this year all of us at Jeffrey Byrne + Associates, Inc. made the decision to join in by ringing on the kettle. As you can see by the above photo, members of our firm stood on the kettle to benefit the Christmas Campaign of the Olathe, Kansas Corps. We had a great time and for most of our staff, it was a first time experience. “I had a ball” stated Sandi Grimm, JB+A director of administration. “I have already told Major Mark that I want to do it again next year.”
JB+A worked with Major Martsolf a few years ago in raising $2.2 million to build a beautiful, new 14-apartment homeless shelter which recently opened and is currently at capacity. “We are always blessed to have so many volunteers ring bells during the Christmas season. Having our friends from JB+A ringing this year was really special….they are quite a group.” stated Major Martsolf.
From all of us at Jeffrey Byrne + Associates, Inc., we want to wish you great success with your Christmas Campaign and, once you have stored away the last kettle after the last day of bell ringing, we trust that you and yours will have a most Merry and Blessed Christmas.