Bells will be ringing across Mansfield Saturday, Dec. 17, as the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Challenge gets underway and Mayor David Cook is leading the charge.
“The City of Mansfield has won this challenge six times since it began in 2009,” said Mayor Cook. “But obviously the real winner is the Salvation Army and the work they are able to do thanks to the generosity of those who give during the Red Kettle Challenge.”
The friendly competition pits the mayors of Mansfield, Arlington and Pantego in a challenge to see which community can raise the most money in the red kettles on Saturday. This year the communities of Kennedale and Dalworthington Gardens is back in the competition.
In 2015, Mansfield raised a record $43, 321 during the challenge, as part of the $63,127 raised in total by all the communities.
This year, bell ringers will be at the Walmart on North Walnut Creek Drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sam’s Club at FM 157/U.S. Highway 287 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at both Chick-Fil-A restaurants (East Broad Street from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and North Walnut Creek Drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Mayor Cook will be on hand as will Mansfield police officers, firefighters, civic leaders, school cheerleaders, scouts and other volunteers.
“It’s a great opportunity to support Mansfield, not only because of the challenge, but because the money raised by the Salvation Army red kettles is for programs and services in our community,” Mayor Cook said. “We hope to see everyone come out and support this worthy cause. And keep the trophy in Mansfield.”