The sounds of bells ringing and Christmas Carols could be heard at area Kroger stores last Friday as Sheriffs from both sides of the red river participated in the 2018 Red Kettle Challenge.
This year’s winner, and reigning champion, is the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office with a total of $1,864.86. They rang at Kroger on Airline Drive. It was a close call against the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office who rang at Kroger on Ellerbe Road. They brought in $1,042.98.
“We send our congratulations to Bossier and our heartfelt thanks to all of our Caddo residents who braved the rain to come out and help support such a worthy cause,” said Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator. “The Salvation Army does a great job reaching those in need in our community and the deputies of Caddo Parish are always happy to be part of that. We’re looking forward to next year.”
“This is our third year to compete in the Red Kettle Challenge between the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Caddo Sheriff’s Office. While we are excited to remain reigning champs, we know the real winners are the folks who will be helped by The Salvation Army,” said Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington. “When our Sheriff’s Offices can combine efforts like this and ring a bell for such an outstanding organization to help raise nearly $3,000, that’s a really good day. We are grateful to those who gave so that others can enjoy a good meal, have a coat to keep warm, and lie in a nice bed in which to sleep. The Salvation Army really is ‘Doing the Most Good’, and we at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office are privileged to be a part of the effort. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
Bossier Parish brought home the win in 2017 by raising $1,712.18. It was a close call last year, with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office bringing in 1,637.09. Collectively, the Sheriff Offices raised $2,907.84 this year, all of which stays local to benefit Salvation Army programs.