The Salvation Army Kingston needs more volunteers for annual Kettle Campaign

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 2017

You can also apply to receive toys from The Salvation Army Corps Community Centers' toy shops for children up to age 14.

"Red kettles help provide funds for Salvation Army programs that provide food, shelter, rehabilitation, disaster relief and much more for people and families in crisis on Guam", said Capt. Thomas Stambaugh, Guam Corps Commander.

Local fundraising begins on November 17 at the Marysville Fred Meyer at 10 a.m.

If you want to help in other ways, you can volunteer as a bell ringer this holiday season.

The success of The Kettle Campaign is dependent on the "army of volunteers" that ring bells from November 16th to December 23rd.

Monies collected from the campaign more than found a way back into the community, according to Rowland.

At The Salvation Army's local volunteer meet and greet she said she offers her time because more than six decades ago, The Salvation Army helped her when she was just a little girl.

"We've sort of struggled over the years to find long-term volunteers that have worked to provide the assistance throughout the year", he said.

The Salvation Army Glendale hopes to raise $100,000 this year from its Red Kettle program during the holidays.

Those interested can visit volunteer.usawest.org to see local options for volunteers. Larger families will be given more.

"When I was young, really small, I came from a dysfunctional and poor background, the one particular memory that I have that stands out in my mind is one Christmas", Roche said. The store also will launch the point-of-sale kettle program.

Galindo said that many people enjoy getting out into the community this time of year. "Once they start they usually make it a family tradition". Additionally, The Salvation Army served over one million hot meals statewide previous year.