Salvation Army needs bell ringers now

Salvation Army needs bell ringers now

Volunteers are moving the red Salvation Army Christmas kettles into place at local stores with the launch of the 2017 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign happening on Friday at the Cataraqui Centre.

Local fundraising begins on November 17 at the Marysville Fred Meyer at 10 a.m.

The head of the Salvation Army says this is the one time of year that you'll see them out in public raising money for their many programs.

If you want to help in other ways, you can volunteer as a bell ringer this holiday season.

"When I'm at the kettle and people say "I'm so sorry I've only got a little bit of change", I always say 'If everybody felt that way and only gave a little bit of change, it would be wonderful at how much money we could raise, ' " Roche said.

The Nov. 17 kick off is meant to begin "our fundraiser and to recognize the start of the Christmas season", said Galindo, and is also meant to highlight the need for help.

"We were more than pleased with the event", Shiflett said.

"We really rely on volunteers this time of year", she said.

"I know when I stand by the kettle there's going to be a family out there that is going to benefit for the two hours I stood by that kettle just like I benefited", said Roche.

If groups, clubs or businesses also want to sponsor a bell ringing site for the day, their logo can be included on the kettle's sign as well, said Galindo. The tradition was created in 1979 and helps relieve the stress of gift giving for millions of families every year. "It wasn't a good situation, as a lot of people go through, and this Christmas Eve the Salvation Army came to our door".