Time to ring the bells: Salvation Army Christmas campaign kicks off


In just a few days you'll hear the familiar ringing of bells at some local businesses as the Salvation Army kicked off their Red Kettle Bell Campaign Monday morning. All money raised through the donation drive stays in the community and supports year-round programs and emergency assistance efforts. He said the kettle campaign is a special time of year.

The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate NY and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre). He urged Barbadians to dig deep and give generously this year to assist them with reaching their goal. "They have really gone above and beyond supporting the campaign and those who are in need", Toynton said.

During Christmas 2016, the Santa Clarita SVC Corps provided groceries to more than 370 families, toys and winter coats to more than 2,000 children.

One of the biggest programs the Salvation Army operates is the food bank in Springhill.

Bridger said they have several two-hour shifts to fill throughout the holiday season. "We want to do everything we can to support the people of our community", she said.

For those who donate, any dollar amount is accepted. He noted that in addition to these meals, the Salvation Army assisted with school uniforms and supplies for less fortunate children.

Bridger wanted to thank the people of Red Deer for their generosity in year's past.

"We've been able to help close to 1,800 kids, usually", Major Debbie Stacy of the Salvation Army started. "I believe The Salvation Army is one of the most efficient ways to help the people of Navarro County".