For Carol Roche, who started volunteering with the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign in 2006, she has seen how important the services are, from both sides of the kettle. "It helps with our emergency food services... previous year we provided more than 20 thousand bags of groceries to individuals and families", said Maria Sadowy from the Kingston branch. All the donations raised in the kettle campaign stay local and are used for the Christmas Assistance Program, along with other programs throughout the year.
The campaign is The Salvation Army's largest fundraiser of the year and runs through December 23.
The first red kettles went out Saturday at both Hy-Vee stores, Shopko and Hobby Lobby, while another 10 spots will be added around town by November 27. David Cope, corps officer for The Salvation Army of Waynesville. Additionally, The Salvation Army served over one million hot meals statewide a year ago.
"A day drop in shelter". Jonathan Fjellman. "It helps us considerably". "It supports us year round so we're able to help people and restore hope and dignity on a daily basis and help people out of the cycle of poverty".
To apply, schedule an appointment by contacting the nearest Salvation Army Corps Community Center. Thousands of Salvation Army bell-ringers fan out across the country to ring bells and solicit donations to the iconic Red Kettles from holiday shoppers. This year's goal is $670,000. Shifts are available for a couple of hours, or regularly throughout the season, depending on how much time volunteers have to give.
This year there are almost 140 volunteers ready to assist with the kettles.