Today you may notice the return of a familiar sound during the Christmas season – the ringing of bells outside of retail stores as Salvation Army workers and volunteers remind us that those red cauldrons won’t fill up on their own.
Marietta Salvation Army Maj. Todd Hughes knows that the work cannot be done without the help of local organizations and individuals willing to spend a little time ringing the bells.
“I’ve already spoken to the Kiwanis and a scout troop.” said Hughes. “I have sticky notes all over my desk (with notes about people I can contact about volunteering).”
There are spots that start around 9 a.m. and end around 7 or 8 p.m. every day, outside of local shops.
“Usually only large groups do a whole day”, said Hughes. “Sometimes you get a group that wants to do two hours, three hours or four hours. It’s difficult to stand alone all day. “
The Salvation Army’s help fill those red cauldrons (the campaign makes up the bulk of the organization’s fundraiser) is an important part of helping the group “The best.” And make no mistake, the Salvation Army is doing a lot of good for those in need in our communities. The Red Kettle Campaign coincides with the Angel Tree campaign, which has brought Christmas joy to countless children over the years.
When ready and able, please call Hughes at 740-200-3598 in Marietta; or Maj. Carey Richmond, in Parkersburg at 304-485-4529. Help is needed on both sides of the river. If you wear the right layers and have a little fun with them, you may find that you enjoy the job more than you expected. And you know you have done your part in helping the Salvation Army care for those in our communities who need a little help, not just during the holiday season, but all year round.