The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive needs 61 more volunteer bell ringers locally.


The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive needs 61 more volunteer bell ringers locally.


The annual fundraising event, which kicks off on Black Friday and runs through Christmas Eve, is part of the Salvation Army’s Extension Service. Monies raised stay local, helping neighbors in need with: lodging, rent, fuel and utilities, clothing and shoes, food orders, furniture, sponsoring children for summer camp, and Christmas assistance, says local coordinator Al Tyson. Please note: if your family is in need of Christmas assistance, please call Sue at 253-6293. 


 Tyson says volunteers are needed to man the kettles at Kmart and Wal-Mart in Texas Township. Even if you only have an hour to spare, that would be helpful, he said. Shifts tend to run in four-hour segments, between  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


“You’ll get the best self satisfaction that you helped someone who had less than you. That’s why I do it,” Tyson said. He’s been the local coordinator for the past three years, and has faithfully been ringing the bell for the last four or five. “People who ring the bell have the biggest hearts,” he said.
Tyson remembers the first year he rang the bell, when a little boy who could barely reach the kettle, came over and dropped in several coins. “Do you think that’s enough to get Santa to come to my home?” he asked. Tyson never forgot. “I’ve been doing it ever since,” he said.


If you’d like to volunteer, please call Tyson at 251-8084.