Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign kicks off, volunteers needed
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - If you visited the Wiregrass Commons Mall or Hobby Lobby Monday, you were probably greeted by special holiday sights and sounds. Salvation Army volunteers stood outside stores, ringing in the holiday season with those little silver bells.
The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign officially kicked off after a meeting with volunteers and Salvation Army leaders.
“When people hear the bells, they hear Christmas is here," Captain Nathan Jones of the Salvation Army Dothan said.
The campaign has been a Christmas-time staple for decades, with the goal to raise money so that every child has a present under the tree.
“It’s very important when kids wake up on Christmas morning,” Jones said. "They get to wake up, Santa Claus came. The toys are out. And it gives a sense of hope and a sense of encouragement.”
The pandemic has only grown the need for donations. It also means the need for volunteers is even greater.
"We have lot of places that we could fill volunteers so that they can get up there and help us raise money for the children,” Jones said.
Jones said there are 23 locations available for volunteers. The campaign runs through Christmas Eve with a fundraising goal this year of $105,000.
Jones is confident that goal will be reached this season.
“I think that everyone is in good spirits,” Jones said. "Everyone’s ready for a hopeful season.”
Volunteers can register through December 21st.
If you’re interested in signing up to volunteer, you can call Salvation Army’s main office at (334)-792-1911, book an appointment with your prefered time and let the staff know what location you would like and what days you’d be available.
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