December 11-- As Christmas nears, the sound of bells ringing is commonplace, especially as you enter your favorite stores for shopping. Along with the bell is usually a warm smile and a red kettle which means the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army helps people with the basic necessities of life like food and shelter.
Sandy Roberts of the Salvation Army said, “We help year round with households that have things like a medical emergency or lost wages or household bills. We have a food pantry, clothing vouchers, a summer camp program, even a disaster vehicle but most people associate the Salvation Army with Christmas time, but we help year round.”
Roberts added, “The rest of our income for the year is from our thrift store sales. We have over 174 seniors signed up which we do gift cards for groceries and we have kids signed up for the Angel Tree. All the money we raise stays here in the community. The gift cards alone was over $8,000.”
“We need help with the bell ringing all the way up to Christmas Eve. We do it in two hour slots. You can get a friend and split it up to an hour each. It really helps us a lot by not having to pay bell ringers. Most other communities they have to pay the bell ringers but we’re blessed to have such a giving community that they volunteer their time to go out and do it. It’s a great thing to do with your family,” said Roberts.
If you would like to help, call the Salvation Army at 912-538-8203.