Orange Park Medical Center employees generously engage in charitable giving throughout the year, but when it comes to the holiday season, the staff goes all out for those in need. Each year, Orange Park Medical Center partners with the Salvation Army to provide hundreds of gifts to families and children in need through their Angel Tree program but this year they were called upon to do even more.
When the Salvation Army approached the leadership team regarding their storefront Red Kettle program, Chad Patrick, CEO, immediately jumped on board. On December 18th, directors and managers spent the day and evening at the local Publix grocery store talking to patrons and performing the bell ringing so familiar to all this time of year.
“Since I was a little boy, I would walk into a store and see folks ringing the bells but when you stand there and actually ring that bell yourself, you truly appreciate what these folks give of themselves and the national effort required to make this happen,” said Chad Patrick.
The Salvation Army served more than 30 million Americans this past year, distributing food to the hungry, providing disaster relief, and helping children through a wealth of giving and programs. The Salvation Army Red Kettles have been an American tradition since 1891, helping raise financial support for critical Salvation Army programs and services year round. This program assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.
Joseph McFee, the Salvation Army Captain in 1891 launched the bell ringing Red Kettle tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but all across the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.