The Salvation Army Kicks Off 2018 Christmas Season

It's Christmas time at The Salvation Army of Greenville! Our Red Kettle Campaign kicks off on Friday, November 9, and our Angel Tree program is currently underway, as well!

Funds raised through the Red Kettle Campaign support The Salvation Army’s year-round programs, such as the women’s and children’s shelter, men’s shelter, food pantry, men’s alcohol and drug rehabilitation program, community dining hall and more. The Salvation Army needs as many volunteer bell ringers as possible to man our 45 kettle sites in order to keep overhead low and continue giving 82 cents out of every dollar donated back to the community. Volunteer bell ringers can ring for 2-3 hour shifts at Haywood Mall, and groups willing to cover a kettle for an entire day (10 AM to 8 PM) may ring at any approved location. Churches, students, businesses, families and other organizations are encouraged to register for a shift, an entire day or multiple days.

In celebration of the Red Kettle Campaign, the community is invited to attend The Salvation Army’s Kettle Kickoff at the Swamp Rabbits hockey game on December 1 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. A portion of each ticket will benefit the Red Kettle Campaign, and tickets can be purchased here. The first 250 people to purchase tickets for the Kettle Kickoff game will receive a Salvation Army cowbell when visiting The Salvation Army’s table on the concourse.
“Kettles have been a part of The Salvation Army for over 125 years,” says Major Pete Costas, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Greenville. “Funds raised through the Red Kettle Campaign support those in need in our community, both during the holidays and year-round. The Salvation Army depends on volunteer bell ringers to keep administrative costs low, so we can help as many people as possible.”

To sign up for a volunteer bell ringing shift, visit our volunteer website 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.

The Angel Tree program serves families in need by providing Christmas presents to children, 12 years old and younger. After applying for Angel Tree, families submit their children’s clothing sizes and wish lists to be listed on tags for distribution. These tags are distributed to individuals and corporations who wish to purchase new Christmas gifts for one or more children on the Angel Tree. Those wishing to adopt Angel Tree tags can contact The Salvation Army at 864-235-4803 or by visiting Haywood Mall after November 16.

Angel Tree gifts in Greenville County should be returned to the Angel Tree Kiosk at Haywood Mall or the Christmas Warehouse at the Greenville Convention Center by Monday, December 10. The Salvation Army will receive, sort and organize gifts, which will then be distributed to parents on December 19.
To raise awareness of the program, The Salvation Army will formally kick off Angel Tree at Haywood Mall’s Ultimate Holiday Kick Off on November 30 from 5-9 PM. The Salvation Army will be serving hot chocolate, running a toy drive with a gift card giveaway and more.
“The Salvation Army seeks to bring hope and joy to those in need every day of the year,” says Major Pete Costas, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens and Oconee. “But at Christmas time, we try to bring extra joy to the lives of children in need as they open presents on Christmas morning. I ask the community to join us in our mission by adopting an angel and giving a child a Merry Christmas.”
For more information about Angel Tree in Pickens and Oconee Counties, call the Pickens Service Center at 864-855-7198 and the Oconee Service Center at 864-882-1160.

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