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Salvation Army In Need Of Volunteers To Man Red Kettles

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There is one sound that is very familiar to the ear around the holidays.

That is the sound of a bell.

You hear it around the holidays at grocery stores, department stores, and malls.

But what is the meaning behind the sound?

"We're helping people with Christmas, throughout this whole time," said Salvation Army Core Officer David Costellow. "Through December and into the new year and all year round. We're helping people with their basic needs."

The Salvation Army kicked off its biggest fundraiser of the year one week ago.

The Red Kettle Program brought more than $50,000 to Marion County in 2011.

"It directly goes to our Christmas program and other programs through out the year that consist of our food pantry that we give out food 5 days a week, utility termination assistance, rental evictions," said Marion County Director Heather Hawkins.

Volunteers said that they see a lot of generosity at this time of year, and around the holidays, its really important to make a difference.

Making a difference to the Salvation Army is as easy as dropping a dollar into the kettle.

"People this time of year normally have a desire in their heart and their minds to help other people out," said Salvation Army Volunteer Tracy Smith.

The Salvation Army said it is in desperate need of volunteers to man the kettles.

"Anyone that would want to ring the bell or to adopt a child this year, again, whatever county a person may live in just look up a local Salvation Army," Costellow said.

Smith has been volunteering as a Bell Ringer for four years, and said every minute is worth it.

"I think that people should take time to give back to their fellow man that is a little less fortunate then they are," he said.


Salvation Army employees said another way to get involved in the Red Kettle Campaign is by donating to the online kettle.

If you are interested in manning a kettle, you can call the Marion County Salvation Army at 304-366-2601.