Monroe County Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Gala


The Christmas season is a time for sharing with family and friends but for many, the continued jobless rate, economic uncertainty, and realities of life continue to make it difficult to make ends meet. The Salvation Army in Monroe County continues to bring hope to hundreds local families who desperately need a helping hand. James Gingrich, commanding officer of the Monroe County Salvation Army said, “As we have done for well over 150 years in America, The Salvation Army will provide food, clothing and emergency assistance at Christmastime to people in real need in our community. We are once again tasked with raising $150,000 to accomplish this, and have started our annual Christmas Kettle Campaign to raise funds for our ever expanding requests for help.”

Knowing the great needs of the Monroe County Salvation Army, local business owners Charlie and Vincent Trapasso approached Major Gingrich and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army three years ago and offered to help by donating their Desaki Restaurant to the Red Kettle Gala with this year’s event being held on Friday, December 2, 2016. Gingrich continues, “The Trapassos offer two years ago resulted in a contribution in excess of $50,000 thus far towards the Red Kettle Campaign in Monroe County. Their generosity of hosting the event at no expense to the Salvation Army along with serving on the event committee is both gracious and incredibly benevolent.” The evening will include a social hour, hors d’oeuvres, surf and turf dinner, dessert and dancing for $125 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Monroe County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

“Traditionally, The Salvation Army’s bell ringers generate a large percentage of the community-wide support needed for our feeding and sheltering programs. We are thankful the Trapassos have once again offered to help us achieve our goal. Our Kettle Season is now in full swing and every penny we raise makes a significant difference in the lives of those most in need in Monroe County,” Gingrich said.

The majority of the Salvation Army’s local programs such as food baskets, hot meals, nights of shelter, rental assistance, clothing, Christmas toys for children, nursing home visitation, and disaster service response rely directly on community support and giving. Gingrich concludes, “We are more determined than ever to help our neighbors bridge the gap between their resources and the cost of acquiring basic human needs. Due to cuts in funding, we will see a shortfall this year in our general operating budget. To make up for that, we are asking friends and neighbors for help in the form of cash contributions, donations of time to ringing bells this holiday season and to join us at the Red Kettle Gala on December 2 at the Garden Room of Desaki Restaurant.”

For information about the Monroe County Salvation Army’s programs, to request a Kettle to be placed at your business, reserve a table and purchase an ad in the program for the Red Kettle Gala or to volunteer to be a ringer, please call the Salvation Army at (570) 421-3050. Desaki Restaurant is located on Route 611 in Swiftwater, PA.


About The Salvation Army in Monroe County

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to