Ashland Area Athletes To "Kick Off" The Salvation Army's Holiday Season


The Salvation Army Ashland Kroc Center will host a Rescue Christmas "kick-off" event Thursday November 12 at 7pm at Ashland Community Stadium. Athletes from high schools around Ashland County will compete against each other to kick a football downfield and give the Salvation Army kettle situated there its first ring of the season. Supporters and citizens alike are invited to join in the celebration and view live stream video of the event on The Ashland Kroc Center's Facebook page.

This vent marks the start of an important season for our community. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early for the first time in 130 years in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization's iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high. Based on the increase in services already provided in response to the pandemic, the organization could serve up to 155 percent more people in 2020 with Christmas assistance. That amounts to potentially 600 Ashland area families that need help this holiday season.

(press release from The Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center)