Green Bay Packers players will continue the tradition of supporting the Salvation Army during the holiday season but in a new way this year by providing autographed items for auction and participating in virtual meet-and-greet sessions awarded to the highest bidder.
Donors can bid on autographed jerseys, footballs and helmets, as well as Zoom meet-and-greet sessions from Kenny Clark, David Bakhtiari, Aaron Jones and Davante Adams, at bidpal.net/redkettleauctiongb. Bidding opens today and runs until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, with the virtual meet-and-greet sessions taking place on Monday, Dec. 14.
The auction will also feature a Virtual Red Kettle for fans to make donations online.
Additionally, on Thursday, Dec. 10, as part of Green Bay Packers Give Back Day, the Packers will be matching all funds donated to the Virtual Red Kettle and at Red Kettles around Green Bay up to $15,000. To encourage donations, Packers employees will ring bells at the Bay Park Square Mall at the Big Red Kettle and at various Festival Foods locations in Green Bay and De Pere.
The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay needs more volunteers for this year's campaign, with thousands of volunteer bell ringing shifts still available. Volunteers can sign up to ring at RegisterToRing.com. The virtual kettle option will also be available to help those who won't be able to donate or volunteer in person. With the challenges of COVID-19 this year, many people in the Green Bay area are in need of support from the Salvation Army's programs.
All proceeds from Red Kettle donations will benefit The Salvation Army's annual Christmas campaign. Many of the organization's programs operate only because of the money received through Red Kettle donations. All proceeds raised go toward aiding needy families, seniors and the homeless in Green Bay.
For more information on the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay, visit centralusa.salvationarmy.org/greenbay.
Members of the media are invited to capture employee bell ringing for Packers Give Back Day between 8 and 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Festival Foods at 2534 Steffens Court, Green Bay. Jeanne Stangel with the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay will be available for interviews.