Get in the Christmas spirit by giving a little time to help others in the community this holiday season.
The Salvation Army’s 2013 red kettle campaign in Kansas City kicks off Friday, Nov. 8, and continues through Dec. 24 every day except Thanksgiving Day and Sundays. This year, volunteers will be ringing bells at more than 250 locations in the metropolitan area. To volunteer to be a Salvation Army bell ringer, go to www.ringkc.com.
Volunteers may choose the day, time and location most convenient to their schedule. A minimum two-hour shift is required.
"Bell ringing is a great way to get into the spirit of the Christmas season and give back to the community," said Major Charles Smith, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Kansas City. “We have lots of families sign up each year, as well as students needing community service hours, and small groups looking for service projects.”
The money collected during the red kettle campaign supports a number of Salvation Army programs in the Kansas City metropolitan area including emergency rent and utility assistance, homeless services, youth and senior programs, substance abuse services and disaster response.
“As always, volunteers are critical to the overall success of our red kettle campaign,” Major Smith said. “Every cent dropped into a red kettle allows us to meet the on-going and ever-increasing demand for the services we provide."
Anyone wishing to donate to The Salvation Army by credit card may call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salarmymokan.org. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 412577, Kansas City, MO 64141.
The Salvation Army has also launched its online red kettle campaign, which allows individuals, groups and businesses to host a “virtual red kettle” on the internet and invite their family, friends and colleagues to donate. To sign up, go to www.onlineredkettle.org.