This week, the Burbank Salvation Army joined forces with The Burbank Optimist Club for the Red Kettle Drive. The Salvation Army Burbank Corps’ Lt.Eric Rudd and his wife Lt. Kari Rudd joined Mayor Jess Talamantes and members of the Burbank Corps’ Band at the Pavilions Market on Alameda Ave for this years donation drive.
The Red Kettle Drive began 120 years ago in San Francisco, with the fist kettle placed at the Ferry Terminal. Over the years the Red Kettles have come to symbolize Christmas and the charitable work of the Salvation Army. The Red Kettles can be found thoughout the world today. Locally, various Burbank service club members have volunteered to man the Red Kettles one day during the Christmas Season. The Burbank Corps has been a part of the community for half a century.
The Salvation Army serves 25,000 community members, which includes 500 seniors per month. The Red Kettle Drive is the local corps’ main fundraiser each year along with grants. This year they hope to raise $70,000 with everyone’s help.