Salvation Army accepting applications for Christmas assistance

Salvation Army accepting applications for Christmas assistance

This will condense the bell ringing schedule for the Salvation Army and their bell-ringers.

The charity kicked off the annual Red Kettle & Angel Tree Season of Giving campaigns.

The kickoff marks the 127th year of the national Red Kettle Campaign, in which volunteers and representatives ring the bell at stores across the county and country for holiday donations. "It's right there and some spare change or an extra dollar, and all of a sudden you put that all together and it becomes significant", said Major Harvey Johnson, the Executive Director of the Salvation Army.

A few hours standing outside ringing a bell and saying "Merry Christmas" may not seem all that helpful, but for The Salvation Army, it helps them ensure they can keep providing needed services year-round, according to Alisha Barton, social service worker.

"We will be operating kettles at Canadian Tire, LCBO, Sobeys and Terry's Independent Grocer on Fridays and Saturdays, and during the final week leading up to Christmas", said Lt. Kam Robinson.

"It's not too late to sign up to volunteer", Breedlove said. From now through December 15, you can help us make a child's Christmas brighter here in our area.

At the end of their fiscal year, the Mahaska County Salvation Army sends their remaining balance off to the regional center in Omaha.

Nationally from November through Christmas Eve the Salvation Army sets up red kettles with volunteer bell ringers to raise money for those in need. Thanks to Brookshire's, they're also putting food on tables this Thanksgiving.

The goal, Lyles said, for the campaign this season is $42,500.

"What we want to do is honour the long-term partnerships that we have and be as effective as we can possibly be with the utilization of the symbol of the Tree of Lights", he said. "We are reminded in the gospel of Matthew that whatever you do unto the least of these brothers, you do unto me, so I challenge you this Christmas season, as you are out shopping with friends and family, to remember those who are less fortunate than you".