The Salvation Army kicks off their red kettle bell operations

Denise Cek left of North Perry Village and her granddaughter Elayna 3 stop to chat with Salvation Army volunteer Rodney Buchs Nov. 23 near the J.C. Penney entrance to the great Lakes Mall in Mentor

It's the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign season again, and more volunteer help is needed in Olean, according to Capt. Anna Hawkins-Okosun. This marks the beginning of the annual campaign and the familiar sounds of bells ringing around East Texas during the holiday season.

"We could still use plenty of help", said Hawkins-Okosun, pastor of the local organization at 310 E. State St. "But this year. we were the only ones in town, which was good because that's what we prepared for".

This is Orr's first time as a volunteer to ring the bell, and despite the cold, he is happy to help the community.

They say those are typically the toughest shifts to fill, and this is the lowest turnout rate they have seen in recent years. He admitted the weather was a bit chilly for him, but he enjoyed helping.

The Salvation Army in Kalamazoo and one of its many programs, Pathway to Hope, helps families transition from a crisis to self-sufficiency.

Captain Deb Thompson tells KSAL News that the Kettle Campaign is the organization's single largest fund raiser.

You can volunteer by calling the salvation army at 432-683-3614. "We are so grateful for this large donation".

"We have tried many ways to hire as many individuals as we can".

Guthrie said there was a steady flow of people for the meal from noon to 3 p.m. All donations are tax-deductible.



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