It’s time for the Salvation Army bells to ring for the annual Red Kettle Mayoral Challenge. Volunteers will be at locations across Mansfield this Saturday, Dec. 15, to raise money for the Salvation Army and help the city defend its 2017 victory.
“The Mansfield community’s giving spirit has been a great advantage each year as we take on this challenge,” said Mayor David Cook. “But of course the goal is to support the Salvation Army. When we donate, they are the winners. The work they do helps thousands in our area, and they are able to do that because of the generosity of those who donate all during the holiday season, not just during the Red Kettle Challenge.”
The friendly competition pits the mayors of Mansfield, Arlington, Burleson, Kennedale, Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego, North Richland Hills, Euless, Bedford and Hurst in a challenge to see which community can raise the most money in the red kettles. This year marks the 10th Red Kettle Challenge.
Mansfield has won the friendly competition eight times in the nine years since it began. In 2017, Mansfield raised a record $76,953, as part of the total $97,097 raised by all cities in the challenge.
Since the challenge began in 2009, Mansfield residents have raised $263,340 for the Salvation Army during the Red Kettle Challenge.
This year, bell ringers will be at six locations throughout the city:
- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walmart 930, N. Walnut Creek Drive (both doors)
- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sam’s Club,
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chick-fil-A, 800 N. Walnut Creek Drive
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chick-fil-A, 3200 E. Broad St.
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kroger Marketplace, 3300 E. Broad St.
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market Street, 3145 E. Broad St.
Mayor Cook will be on hand as will Mansfield police officers, firefighters, civic leaders, school cheerleaders, scouts and other volunteers.
“One of the great things about Challenge day is that we see the entire community come together,” Mayor Cook said. “We see city leaders, school district officials, city employees, community groups and our young people. It’s a true community effort. We hope to see everyone come out and support this worthy cause. And keep the trophy in Mansfield.”