Salvation Army desperately needs bell ringers

Looking for ways to give back to the community this holiday season? The Salvation Army needs your help.

Looking for ways to give back to the community this holiday season? The Salvation Army needs your help.

From the press release:

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in Central Virginia is set to kick off on Friday, November 12th and volunteer bell ringers are desperately needed.

“This year, more than ever, volunteers will be critical to the overall success of our Red Kettle Campaign,” said Jeff Baldwin, Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army. “On any given day, over half of our sites are silent with no-one there to ring the bell. Every penny, nickel, dime and dollar bill adds up, but without volunteer manpower, we can’t possibly reach our goal. More than any other fund raising drive, this campaign is crucial to the financial stability of The Salvation Army. The money raised through the Red Kettles allows us to meet the on-going and ever-increasing demand for our services.”

This year’s campaign will run November 12th through Christmas Eve, and raises funds to provide assistance to thousands of children and families and support Salvation Army programs and services throughout the year.

Volunteer slots are available every day Monday through Saturday, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and opportunities exist in both the Richmond metro and Tri-Cities areas.

Currently, more than 75 locations are available, however, on most days a large percentage of these sites and shifts are vacant.

“It’s unfortunate, but every year we have more kettle sites than we do bell ringers,” said Captain David Worthy, Commander of The Salvation Army in Central Virginia. “This year, more than any other, we’re pleading with the community to step forth and partner with us. The red kettle is iconic and it represents hope, happiness and healing to the least, the lonely and the lost.”

If you’re interested in helping out, head over to or call Captain Natalie Sayre at 804.433.1684.

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Valerie Catrow

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