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Red Kettle campaign begins Nov. 14

Though the Christmas holiday is still some weeks away, it’s never too late to get into the holiday spirit: Tis the season to volunteer.

The Salvation Army is calling for volunteer bell ringers for its annual Red Kettle Campaign, which begins Monday, Nov. 14 and runs through Dec. 24. The program is geared toward getting monetary donations from the public to help the needy during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Maj. Tonya Roberts said the more public support the better.

“We’re going to hit the streets,” Tonya said. “The more people give to that, the more support we can give throughout the year.”

Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at various locations including Wal-Mart, Winn-Dixie on Highland and Dallas Avenues, J.C. Penney, Belk, Walgreens, the Selma Mall, Raceway gas station, Calhoun Foods and Dave’s Market and BP gas station in Valley Grande.

Maj. Eric Roberts said volunteering is important this holiday season.

“By volunteering, you’re doubly helping by giving funds and (doing) the kettle,” Eric said. “Volunteers are vital to the kettle campaign.”

The Salvation Army provides such services as women and men ministry groups, utility and rent assistance, character building programs for children and the community, and nursing home care.

In a previous interview with the Times-Journal, Tonya said the agency is in need of the community’s support, especially in donations.

“We need their support and we appreciate their support,” Roberts said. “We’re excited about the upcoming Christmas season.”

Started in 1891 by Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee as a way to feed the poor and hungry in San Francisco, the kettle program has gained popularity both nationally and internationally, feeding nearly 4.5 million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For more information or to volunteer, call 872-1646.

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