Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign

Salvation Army struggles to find new locales for Red Kettles

Salvation Army struggles to find new locales for Red Kettles

"We can help more people by having our volunteers stand out in front of the store rather than having to pay somebody", said Captain Michelle Walk with the Midland Salvation Army.

Last year, more than 5,000 toys and 1,200 stocking stuffers were distributed to 2,100 local youth.

Salvation Army Captain Paul Ryerson says this is a flawless way to honor the true spirit of the season. "Christmas is a hard time for a lot of families".

Christmas is 46 days away, but it's never too early for the Salvation Army in Dothan to start preparing. Red kettles will be stationed at 20 prominent locations throughout York from next Friday, Nov. 17, through December 23. "We're about meeting the needs of people in our community in Jesus' name and that's what Christmas is about".

The funds are used for the Salvation Army's shelter as well as for a variety of projects to help needy residents. The red kettle campaign runs through December 23.

"Every year", Lonnie Egger, with Family Fare, said. Kettles are scheduled to be up 10 8 p.m.

If you'd like to participate in the bell ringing campaign, either by yourself or with a group, you can sign up online here. The season runs November 24 thru December 23 with bell ringing each Friday and Saturday from 10 5:30 p.m. "We hope this kick-off event raises awareness of the vast need in our community, but also serves as a celebration of holiday generosity".

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