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Kettle with Mettle: Union Members Fashion Super-Sized Salvation Army Kettle for the Holidays

Photo courtesy of Jay Larson

Check out the AFL-CIO's new In Our Communities website feature, "Union Members Fashion Super-Sized Salvation Army Kettle for the Holidays."

Around the holidays, grocery store shoppers expect to see a cheerful person in a Santa hat and red apron, ringing a bell and collecting donations in the iconic Salvation Army red kettle.

Some union members in Iowa turned the familiar red kettle into something pretty big this fall: a five-and-a-half-foot-tall replica, which was fashioned on the upper floor of the world’s largest cereal mill, the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Rick Moyle, executive director of the Hawkeye Labor Council, formerly a United Way community services liaison, jumped at the chance to build the kettle when he was approached with the idea by Salvation Army Director of Development and Communications Mindy Kayser. He and Jay Larson, coordinator and AFL-CIO labor liaison for East Central Iowa, got to work.

Read the rest of "Union Members Fashion Super-Sized Salvation Army Kettle for the Holidays."

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