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Golden "K" Kiwanis Club surges ahead in the competition for the Golden Kettle

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The Golden "K" Kiwanis holds lead over the GR Kiwanis and Kentwood Rotary in The Salvation Army's "Golden Kettle" competition between local service clubs.
The Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club rings bells at Family Fare store on Northland Drive on Saturday

The Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club rings bells at Family Fare store on Northland Drive on Saturday /Mika Roinila

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Golden "K" Kiwanis Club maintains its lead for the "Golden Kettle" Award

The Golden Kettle is being sought by local service clubs, and with a week remaining, opportunities to do more abounds. The Golden "K" Kiwanis extends its lead as their efforts prove succesful at the Woodland Mall. Special events and support from Star Wars characters helped The Salvation Army Advisory Board over the weekend as well. Is your club involved?

The Golden Kettle Award will be given to the service club that raises most for The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign

The Golden Kettle Award will be given to the service club that raises most for The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign /Mika Roinila

"May the force be with you"... Star Wars characters were out in force in support of the Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday.

"May the force be with you"... Star Wars characters were out in force in support of the Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday. /Mika Roinila

The weekend of Dec.13-14 was a very busy day for The Salvation Army for seasonal and volunteer bell ringers. Members of The Salvation Army Advisory Board manned red kettle stands at Woodland Mall on Saturday, and with the help of Star Wars characters that attracted many, were able to raise over $2,600 for the Army.

The “Golden Kettle” Award also received attention, as volunteers from the Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club and the Golden “K” Kiwanis Club were out at two sites across town as they compete for the award. Their efforts paid off as the Golden “K” Kiwanis Club raised $832 for their cause on Friday and maintains its lead for the prize with a total of $1,463. Second place is now held by the Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club who raised $654 on Saturday at the Family Fare store on Northland Drive. The Kentwood Rotary trails in third place with $333.

With a week remaining and time running out, the Kentwood Rotary and the Golden “K” Kiwanis are scheduled to ring bells again at Woodland Mall next weekend. Perhaps the “dark horse” of all clubs is the Comstock Park Rotary Club that will be ringing bells on Thursday at the Alpine Street Walmart.

According to Kettle Coordinator A/Captain Mika Roinila, the locations that have consistently raised the most money include Forest Hills Foods on Cascade Road, Hobby Lobby on Alpine, and the Alpine Street Walmart. The Woodland Mall will also be very busy with the weekend coming up. For Grand Rapids service clubs, it isn’t too late to get involved. All those interested in helping ring bells are encouraged to sign up and choose a location from www.registertoring.com. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Capt. Mika Roinila at 616-454-1459.

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