Red Kettle season is here!

As the Christmas season quickly approaches, The Salvation Army is in great need of volunteers for the annual Red Kettle Campaign. Bells are rung at kettle sites throughout Greenville County to raise funds for essential social ministry programs for the upcoming year. Volunteer bell ringers allow The Salvation Army to keep overhead low and continue giving 86 cents out of every dollar donated back to the community.

Funds raised through the Red Kettle Campaign support programs like the Women's & Children Shelter, which provides emergency housing and enrichment classes for 36 women and children in Greenville County. Other supported programs include a community dining hall and food pantry, men's shelter, men's alcohol & drug recovery program and rent & utility assistance for families struggling to make ends meet. Being a volunteer bell ringer is a way to help local families in need while having fun and getting in the Christmas spirit. Students, families, church groups, businesses and social organizations are encouraged to register to ring for a shift, an entire day, or numerous days. Kettle sites are available in locations throughout Greenville County.

In an effort to celebrate the beginning of the season, the entire community is invited to attend the The Salvation Army’s Kettle Kickoff at the Swamp Rabbits Hockey Game on November 17 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. A portion of each ticket purchased in The Salvation Army’s section will benefit the Red Kettle Campaign. Tickets can be purchased at first 150 people to purchase a ticket in section 118 will receive a Salvation Army cowbell when visiting The Salvation Army's table during the game on November 17.

“Volunteers are a very important part of The Salvation Army all year long, but especially so during Christmas,”said Major Pete Costas, Area Commander. “The Red Kettle Campaign raises funds to help local families in need during the holidays and throughout the year. The first kettle was used by The Salvation Army in 1891, and the impact of these kettles has grown every year since. Volunteer bell ringers are a huge part of this ministry.”

Volunteer bell ringers are needed Monday through Saturday beginning November 10 and ending December 23. To join this Christmas tradition, please register here. For questions and details, please call (864) 232-9027. For additional bell ringing opportunities please call 864-882-1160 for Oconee County and (864) 855-7198 for Pickens County.

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