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Salvation Army Is In Need of Volunteers for Their Kettle Campaign

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Most don't want to hear how close Christmas is since we haven't even made it through Thanksgiving yet. But the Salvation Army is already preparing it's biggest fundraiser of the year. The annual Kettle Campaign is already needing help. As Valley News team's Eric Crest explains, they already know they don't have enough volunteers for their drive.

On November 20th you'll start seeing the familiar faces, red aprons, red kettles, and bells at random grocery stores and retail outlets across our region. It's the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign and every year there are a few obstacles they deal with.

"Challenging part is some of our spots are outside and it's very cold," says Major Byron Medlock of the Salvation Army.

But they can't be everywhere at once. This year their season has been cut short because of the late holiday and volunteer numbers are down across the board.

"With the loss of five days we lost a lot of valuable income from a lot of our stops. So we need to make sure we fill the days we need. Like the day before Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Saturday which we really need people to come and volunteer,"says Major Medlock.

In the F-M alone organizers figure those five days lost could amount to as much as 25 to 40 thousand dollars in donations that they missed out on. Right now they don't even have enough volunteers to man all the kettles.

"There's about 40 to 45 kettles at various locations around town and that takes a lot of people," says volunteer Ron Rateau who's been working with the Salvation Army with his wife for the past seven years.

So if you have a extra day or just a few hours over the holiday, and a singing voice...

"Some people when they're volunteering they sing. But Ron and I do not sing well so we leave that alone," jokes Ron's wife Elaine Rateau.

Contact your local Salvation Army branch to find out how you can make a difference.

"All money collected in kettles stays in town," says Major Medlock.

"We see all the good that Salvation Army does and we know that now is the time they make the money to be able to do that," adds Ron Rateau.

Valley News Live is going to pitch in too. We will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the Hornbachers off of 32nd Ave. South next Wednesday. So stop by, donate, and say hello! If you want to volunteer in your area check out the link below.


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