Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando Salvation Army gears up for Christmas with kettles, Angel Trees

Lt. Herb Frazier III, left, and Lt. JoAnn Frazier, who took over the command of the Hernando County corps in June, have been married 11 years; they have been officers in the corps for four years.

Courtesy of Herb Frazier III

Lt. Herb Frazier III, left, and Lt. JoAnn Frazier, who took over the command of the Hernando County corps in June, have been married 11 years; they have been officers in the corps for four years.

BROOKSVILLE — "Keep the Pot Boiling."

Those were the words printed on a sign that sat next to the first Salvation Army red kettle, placed on Market Street in San Francisco in 1891.

Imitating the use of a kettle to collect money for the poor that he'd seen during his days as a sailor on a wharf in Liverpool, England, Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee set out that first kettle to so he could provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty stricken. It was a success.

More than a century later, the Salvation Army's red kettle campaign is still being used throughout the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, to make the holidays a bit more pleasant for those in need. The campaign also supplies a large portion of the funds the organization uses throughout the year to help the less fortunate and provide Christian-based programs.

Lts. Herb and JoAnn Frazier, who took over the command of the Hernando County corps in June, have been married 11 years; they have been officers in the corps for four years and have an 8-year-old daughter, Kiara.

The officers are hoping this year's red kettle campaign will be a huge success.

"We've signed up over 900 children to receive assistance for Christmas, all from Hernando County," Herb Frazier said. "Over 250 children will be receiving toys and clothes through our programs."

The ministry is also handing out more than 200 Thanksgiving baskets.

"People who donate to our campaigns will be helping kids from low-income families," JoAnn Frazier said.

Along with the kettles, another Christmastime endeavor is the Angel Tree project, which provides gifts to needy children — infant to age 12 — whose names are placed on paper angels that are then hung on trees in stores around the county. Individuals as well as businesses are encouraged to become sponsors.

"People can go in and adopt a child by taking an angel from the trees at locations like the two Cracker Barrels in the county and All Tire and Wheel in Spring Hill," JoAnn Frazier said. "They can also visit us at the Salvation Army if they're interested."

When an angel is selected from an Angel Tree, the person adopting a child will find the child's first name, age, clothing sizes, plus their wish and their need.

Sponsors purchase items for the child and return the unwrapped gifts to the place where they selected the angel, along with the part of the angel that gives the child's code so the gifts can be matched to the correct child.

The last day to adopt and return the angels and gifts is Dec. 13.

For the second year, the Salvation Army has teamed with Walmart stores nationwide for its Fill the Truck campaign. A bin for people to donate toys and coats will be available at local Walmart stores through Dec. 15. A Salvation Army truck will also be available for collecting items on weekends at the Walmart on Cortez Boulevard in Spring Hill.

Volunteers will hand out wish lists to Walmart customers as they enter the store.

The couple are also looking for volunteers to ring bells at the red kettles.

Individuals or groups are needed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Money raised from the kettles provides about one-third of the funds to meet the corps' yearly budget to assist the needy with necessities such as rent, utilities and food. It also helps cover operating expenses.

Services offered by the local corps include Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and a worship service at 11 a.m. each Sunday, a food bank from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and a meal served to the homeless out of the Salvation Army mobile canteen at 5 p.m. each Friday at Hernando Park in downtown Brooksville.

Helping people is dear to the Fraziers' hearts. Now in their early 30s, they have both been involved with the Salvation Army since they were teenagers.

"I've always had a passion for people," JoAnn Frazier said. "I love to serve people and be an encouragement, and I'm a good listener."

"Out of all the commandments, Jesus said the greatest two are to love God with all your heart and to love people — love your neighbor as yourself," Herb Frazier said. "If loving people means handing out canned goods, I'm going to love you. If it means giving you a hand up, I'm going to love you. And I'm going to love you with the love of the Lord."

To help

The Salvation Army, in preparation for the Christmas season, has placed red kettles at Hernando County Publix, Winn-Dixie, Walmart, Sears, JCPenney, Belk and Big Lots stores. Angel Trees are also available for groups and clubs to sponsor. The trees will be at Walmart stores and Cracker Barrel restaurants. Call (352) 796-1186, ext 205. The Salvation Army office is at 15464 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

Hernando Salvation Army gears up for Christmas with kettles, Angel Trees 11/25/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:40am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Car bomb kills 13, injures 24 in Baghdad; Islamic State claims responsibility

    World

    BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad just after midnight today, killing 13 people and wounding 24, hospital and police officials said.

  2. Leaping shark floors angler in Australia

    World

    In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway's protagonist battles for three days to pull in his prized catch. For Terry Selwood, it came a little more suddenly.

    A 9-foot shark lies on the deck of a fishing boat at Evans Head, Australia on Sunday. Fisherman Terry Selwood said he was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the shark struck him with a fin as it landed on him on the deck. [Lance Fountain via AP]
  3. Rays rally twice to beat Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Starting Erasmo Ramirez on Monday after he closed out Sunday's marathon win turned out, despite the Rays' best intentions and rigid insistence, to be a bad idea as he gave up four runs without getting through three innings.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers and comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  4. Britain investigating missed signals over Manchester bomber

    World

    LONDON — Britain's domestic intelligence agency, MI5, is investigating its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last week.

    People gather Monday at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester, England, to view tributes to victims of the suicide bombing that killed 22 on May 22 as a concert by Ariana Grande was concluding.
  5. Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant

    Nation

    The mayor of Portland, Ore., on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

    Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women. From left are Coco's brother, Desmond Douglas; her father, Christopher Douglas; and her stepmother, Angel Sauls. [Associated Press]