Red kettle donations helped needy families
The Salvation Army concluded a successful Red Kettle Campaign that ran from Nov. 14 through Dec. 24. The Salvation Army had kettles across south Pinellas County at more than 50 retail locations.
The Red Kettle Campaign received a boost from three donations of gold coins this year. The value of the coins is estimated at $400 each.
The Salvation Army fulfilled its commitment to serve a record number of families during the 2008 Christmas season with a total of 1,169 families receiving Christmas toys and food. This number represents a 49 percent increase in requests for assistance over the 2007 Christmas season.
Buddhists to laud veggies, new year
Chua Phat Phap Buddhist Temple, 1770 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, will hold a Vegetarian Food Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The temple also will celebrate Lunar New Year — the Year of the Buffalo — on Jan. 25. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Vietnamese concert, followed at 11 p.m. with Chanting for Peace, Dharma Talk and Farewell to the Year of the Rat. There will also be firecrackers, the dragon dance and a blessing for the new year.
The celebration continues on Jan. 26, 27 and 28. Call (727) 520-9209.