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Kettles, Bells, and Super Bowl Rings

The Red Kettle Mascot Challenge

Earlier this week, sports mascots from various Massachusetts teams supported the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Mascot Challenge.

“The Salvation Army is blessed to have these volunteers help ring the bells,” said Major Marcus Jugenheimer. “People are always happy to engage the mascots of their favorite teams.” Each one was equipped with a kettle in which to collect donations as well as a bell to ring.

“Patriot Pat” (New England Patriots, NFL football), “Slyde the Fox” (New England Revolution, soccer), “Blade the Bear” (Boston Bruins, hockey), “Arthur the Pirate” (Massachusetts Pirates, indoor football) and “Boomer the Cannon” (Boston Cannons, Lacrosse) became Army bell ringers and delighted people in downtown Boston.

The WROR radio morning team joined the sports mascots and the Salvation Army’s own mascots, Captain Shield and RJ Kroc. All the mascots were happy to say hello and pose for selfies with people from the crowd. Patriot Pat also invited football fans to try on his Super Bowl rings.

“It’s important to have these teams as part of our effort to help others,” said Major Elvie Carter. “We all have a part to play in helping others and the teams know that The Salvation Army can’t do it by themselves.”

Major Jugenheimer also said that, despite the last few days of snow in Boston, the weather cooperated for the Mascot Challenge. “This week we lost a couple of days of kettle work to the winter, so this will help recoup the losses.”

by Hugo Bravo

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