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Red Kettles: Salvation Army needs volunteers

Today you may notice the return of a familiar sound during the holiday season — the ringing of bells outside retail establishments, as Salvation Army workers and volunteers remind us those red kettles will not fill themselves.

Marietta Salvation Army Maj. Todd Hughes knows that job doesn’t get done without the help of local organizations and individuals willing to spend a little time bundled up and keeping those bells jingling.

“I’ve already talked to the Kiwanis and a Boy Scout troop,” Hughes said. “I’ve got sticky notes all over my desk (with notes on people to contact about volunteering).”

There are spots beginning at approximately 9 a.m. and wrapping up around 7 or 8 p.m. daily, outside local stores.

“Usually only big groups do a full day,” Hughes said. “You’ll sometimes get a group that want to do two hours, three hours or four hours. It’s difficult to stand the entire day by yourself.”

Giving the Salvation Army a hand in filling those red kettles (the campaign accounts for the majority of the organization’s fundraising effort) is an important part of helping the group do “the most good.” And, make no mistake, the Salvation Army does a world of good for those in need in our communities. The Red Kettle Campaign coincides with the Angel Tree effort, which has brought Christmas joy to countless children over the years.

If you are willing and able, get in touch with either 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 it, you may find the job brings you more joy than you expected. And you’ll know you did your part to help the Salvation Army take care of those in our communities who need a little help — not just during the holiday season, but all year long.

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