Salvation Army again in search of bell ringers in Berks and Reading

Salvation Army Christmas kettle campaign starts

Ashley Allen, who directs The Salvation Army in Ellis County said, "When a volunteer bell ringer is stationed next to a kettle The Salvation Army receives about $38 per hour".

"It's an honour to make the first donation to the Christmas Kettle Campaign", he said. "But our mission doesn't stop at Christmas", said Maj. The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can without discrimination.

Shifts are usually two hours at a time and volunteers are slotted wherever and whenever they are available. However, local Salvation Army representatives realized more needed to be done, because up until now, even if these teens were in the same family as the younger angels, they weren't getting gifts through the Angel Tree program. "They need all the help they can get, so they in turn can help others".

Many churches, school groups and nonpublic workplaces have agreed to help with the wishes. "We had a lot of people come down to the Boise Center and get a good start to the season so we are really optimistic about where we are going right now".

In addition to year-round services such as the daily (weekday) food pantry, Salvation Army conducts a large Christmas Toy Shop, giving away thousands of new toys with support from the Carle Toy Drive, Toys for Tots, and other community support. "We would love to have, on every Friday and Saturday at least, all 22 kettles manned, or on Saturday and Sundays".

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