The Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle Campaign” needs your help

first_imgIf you would like to donate, but cannot do it in person, you can sign up to run a virtual kettle. For more information you can visit their website or call 607-722-2987. “COVID has definitely impacted our kettle campaign,” said Captain Joseph Hansen with the Salvation Army of Binghamton. “We’ve just seen a lot of generosity out of the community. Every time we’ve been in need of something, somebody steps up with a donation, either the material or the funds to buy the material,” said Hansen. The Salvation Army of Binghamton has seen a financial loss during the pandemic, but they are hoping to raise $100,000 this holiday season. Captain Hansen says he is confident the community will pull through, as they always have before. (WBNG) — The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign kicked off Friday, but due to the pandemic, local SA leaders say they need more volunteers. With more people staying indoors, setting up and running kettles around the Southern Tier has been a bit of a challenge. center_img To give an extra boost, both Walmart and Price Chopper will allow you to donate to the Salvation Army at their registers when you are checking out. If you would like to donate at physical kettle, you can use cash, or pay right on your phone with Kettle Pay. Hansen says every donation will go right back to supporting the community during the holidays, and during this pandemic. The Salvation Army also runs the Angel Tree program, which provides new clothing and toys to children in need. This year, The Salvation Army of Binghamton hopes to help 500 local children. You can visit any participating Walmart to pick a tag off of the tree to shop for their Christmas wish list. You can also participate by shopping online, using Walmart’s Registry for Good. “We’re coming up way short on volunteers. Usually we get between 400 to 500 volunteers during the Christmas season,” said Hansen. “This year, we’re looking at getting maybe 100.” last_img read more


Akinwunmi: Everybody Needs A Hero

first_img“Everybody needs a hero, whether that person is their father, mother, relation or someone they don’t even know physically.” A number of youth teams from the Eko Football Project factory entertained the crowd before the All-Stars and Seyi Akinwunmi and Friends. The final match, between Lagos State FA United Veterans and Ikorodu United Veterans, ended 1-0 in favour of the former. It was another exciting and fulfilling day at the Campos Memorial Mini-Stadium on Thursday as the third edition of the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini-Tournament drew political heavyweights, leaders in football administration, top –flight professionals, ex –international players, referees, coaches, well-wishers, family and friends to the arena. Its objectives include rehabilitation of ailing ex-international footballers. Embedded therein also is a Courage Education Foundation (CEF) – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of the Nigerian child through the provision of quality education available to all Nigerian children irrespective of sex, faith or ethnicity, as well as Consolidation of The Future Stars Project – a grassroots football development program targeted at kids (mainly under 13 years of age) and hinged on the binary factors of sporting and academic excellence. Conceived as a special project to give back to the society, the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini- Tournament is the eponymous charity event organized by the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Foundation. Last year’s crowd included the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, NFF President Amaju Pinnick, NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko and the Seriki of Egbaland, Oba Tosin Fadare. At the end, Akinwunmi, who also celebrated his 54th birthday same day, told “For me, there is no better way to celebrate a birthday. I love children so much and I am happy being able to offer some assistance to a number of them through this project. The cast of ex –internationals was led by former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and captain Peter Rufai and included Gbenga Okunowo, Godwin Okpara, Teslim Fatusi, Segun Fetuga, Olumide Harris and Mba Agbai (Green also featured here). Harris scored a hat – trick in the All-Stars’ 5-2 defeat of Seyi Akinwunmi and Friends (captained by Deji Tinubu and including Ogunjobi), with Rufai also on the scoresheet.center_img A couple of months after the present NFF administration (of which he is 1st Vice President) came into office, friends and associates wanted to host the experienced administrator and legal luminary to a birthday bash. He humbly declined, opting instead for a charity event where people could donate to a worthy cause of helping intelligent but indigent children. There were also FA Chairmen Ganiyu Majekodunmi and James Odeniran, NRA President Tade Azeez, Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya (Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission), highly successful professionals Yomi Badejo-Okusanya and Foluso Philips, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo (President-General, Nigeria Football Supporters Club), Dr. Kweku Tandoh (former Lagos State Director of Sports), Dr. Isaac Ayodele (former Ekiti FA chairman), Mr. Rasheed Balogun (GM, Shooting Stars), Reverend Samuel Ikpea (Chairman, Nigeria Football Supporters Club), Dr. Akin George (Lagos State Sports Commission), Barr. Agbolade Dokunmu (President, All-Stars Abuja), Mr. Moroof Oluwa (SG, NRA) and Board Members of the Lagos State FA). “The truth is that those who have the means to go to school easily and do a lot of other things are only privileged; they have the grace of God and it is not by their making. If you see yourself as being privileged, and that it is not by your power that you are where you are but by the mercy of God, you would want to give back to the society. “Believe me, if you that is in a position to provide support to these children fails to do so, some other persons certainly will. On Thursday, former FIFA and CAF Executive Committee member, Dr. Amos Adamu, former NFF General Secretary and later Chairman of Technical Committee Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, former NFF General Secretary Fanny Ikhayere Amun, NFF Board Members Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi and Chris Green and Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Hon. Deji Tinubu were among the dignitaries. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more