Behind the Shield: Meet Riley Wistrom, Co-President, Brookfield Central High School Red Kettle Club
In 2014, Brookfield Central High School started The Red Kettle Club. The Club’s mission is to provide middle and high school students an opportunity to serve the less fortunate of their communities through programs of The Salvation Army. They serve Milwaukee as well as the surrounding communities. They have over 120 active members and they complete 600 hours of service each year.
Meet Riley Winstrom, Co-President of The Red Kettle Club, the first club of its kind in Wisconsin. He first started as an Underclassman Representative his freshman year which just so happened to be the first year of the Club. Read more about Riley below.
Q. How did you first learn about The Salvation Army?
A. I had always heard of the Salvation Army but it wasn't really until my freshman year that I understood what they do and how they help people.
Q. What is your favorite experience with The Red Kettle Club/The Salvation Army?
A. Probably one of my favorite experiences was my freshman year we went and visited the Emergency Lodge and we got to meet some of the people working and staying there which was definitely a different perspective than what most service clubs do things.
Q. What is one thing you believe the world should know about The Salvation Army?
A. The Salvation Army is a truly powerful organization that anyone can get involved with and start making a difference.
Q. What are 3 words you'd use to describe The Salvation Army?
A. Selfless, powerful, inspirational.
Q. What is your favorite project to work on?
A. One really fun project we've done a couple times is decorating socks with puffy paint so we can donate them.
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