The Salvation Army of Wake County will kickoff its traditional Red Kettle Campaign today, November 26, at Noon on the steps of the Wake County Courthouse on Fayetteville Street. Miss Garner and Miss Garner’s Outstanding Teen will be in attendance to share the Red Kettle’s history. Also attending will be Sheriff Harrison, members of the Raleigh and Garner City Councils, as well as CountyCommissioner, Carolina Sullivan. Council Member Weeks and Commissioner Sullivan will share inspirational messages urging the community to give back.
The kickoff marks the beginning of the traditional Red Kettle Campaign, as volunteers and representatives begin “ringing the bell” for holiday donations to The Salvation Army at stores all across the Wake County. The need for Christmas donations is greater than ever this year, as The Salvation Army registered over 8,800 children for its Angel Tree program. The Salvation Army hopes to see an increase in kettle donations to meet this increase in need, as well as an increase in volunteers ringing the bell. The Salvation Army’s program relies heavily on volunteers. The Red Kettle Campaign is no different. “Every year it is harder and harder to get volunteers to ring the bell, but as the need grows, their role becomes even more crucial,” says Director of Public Relations, Lizzy Adams. The Salvation Army is looking to the community for support, whether that is putting your change into the kettle or volunteering your time to ring the bell. Volunteer Coordinator, Ives Maready says, “Bell ringing is such an incredible volunteer opportunity, but I don’t think people realize the impact. Ringing for just 2 hours provides four coats to individuals in the winter months. Ringing for 4 hours means you’ve helped 3 families keep their lights on. Ringing for 6 hours keeps a woman and child sheltered and fed for a week.” Thousands of volunteers are needed to help keep the bell ringing this holiday, and to staff almost 50 kettle locations across the county. For more information on Bell Ringing, click here.