SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Two school systems in the ArkLaTex challenged each other to raise the most money for the Salvation Army during their annual Red Kettle Challenge Day Saturday.
“Our goal is to raise as much money as we can, to support those that are in need in our community,” said Caddo schools Superintendent Lamar Goree. “Our goal is to see opportunity created for children, who will see us serving and learn from this community.”
“We’re trying to raise one dollar more than last year, one dollar more than Caddo Schools, so we can help our neighbors in need,” said Bossier Parish schools spokeswoman Sonja Bailes.
“They’re about $13,000 behind right now compared to this time last year for all the red kettles, and this has been a critical year for all non-profits, the Salvation Army has really been called into action with COVID and so the needs are even greater and the donations are even fewer,” said Bailes.
In 2019, both school systems collectively raised more than $10,000 for the Salvation Army.
“No one will argue the pandemic has created a new sensitivity around making sure we are meeting the needs of our community and our world. I think we know that there are a lot of people out there in great need,” said Goree.
“We get out of the community what you put into it, and the Salvation Army helps not only neighbors in need But even the children of Bossier Parish schools in so many different ways and their families,” said Bailes.
Both school systems have people in different locations across Bossier and Shreveport in front of different stores. Bossier Parish School workers were set up at 11 different locations across Bossier City and Caddo Parish Schools administration was set up at all Walmarts across Shreveport.