November 27, 2013

Kettle campaign needs your help

The Daily Citizen

— You’ve seen them for the past couple of weeks now, bright red kettles staffed by Salvation Army and volunteer bell ringers, stationed at grocery and retail stores throughout the area. They are a symbolic start of the holiday season.

Although a worldwide organization, the Salvation Army’s focus on local service is its primary goal. And the Red Kettle Campaigns are its biggest fundraiser; it’s how the organization gets its money to serve the community.

In addition to the kettle drive, the Salvation Army reminds residents of its store on North Thornton Avenue, where people can donate toys and clothes to be distributed this holiday season. The same for the nearby food pantry.

In addition to toys and food vouchers at Christmas, the Salvation Army assists individuals with utilities and rent.

And there’s a way you can help: volunteer to be a bell ringer. The work is satisfying and you meet some wonderful people.

Volunteers can help once for several hours or several times during the holiday season. Many volunteers are needed for just two or more hours. Service and business groups are welcome to participate. Just give the Salvation Army a call at (706) 278-3966 and they’ll set you up.

So as you head into and out of stores while doing your shopping, reach deep into your pockets — every spare penny is appreciated, and when added up can make a huge difference.