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Salvation Army puts out call for holiday heroes

HUNTSVILLE – The Salvation Army is in full swing with its largest annual fundraisers and  needs your help! Volunteers play a crucial role in the organization’s mission to serve others not only during the  holiday season but beyond.

The cherished Red Kettle and Angel Tree Campaigns don’t just bring Christmas miracles, they provide vital support to local individuals and families facing crises throughout the year.

“If you’ve never volunteered with The Salvation Army, now is the perfect time to dive in,” said Maj. Richard  Watts, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army. “You’ll be part of  something special, making a meaningful impact on so many lives this holiday season.

“We’ve got options for everyone, whether you’ve only got an hour, a morning, or a full day to spare.”

How can you join in sharing help and hope this season and beyond?

Volunteer as a Bell Ringer. The Salvation Army urgently needs volunteers to ring its iconic red bells for the annual Red Kettle Campaign, one of the Army’s primary fundraising efforts. Just a few hours of your time could provide a family with a month’s worth of food.

Every dollar dropped into the red kettles supports a wide array of local services and programs, including food assistance, shelter assistance, emergency financial assistance, youth  programs, senior programs, and more. This year’s goal aims to raise $150,000 to help meet the increased needs in the community.

“We deeply appreciate our volunteers,” said Watts. “Ringing alongside family, friends, coworkers, or your church group is an easy yet impactful way to bond and give back. Get creative.

“Engage in friendly workgroup competitions, sing your favorite carols, or spread joy to holiday shoppers.”

Another fantastic volunteer opportunity is through the organization’s beloved Angel Tree Program. Last year, thanks to the public’s support, The Salvation Army fulfilled the dreams of 1,045 children and this year’s need is even greater. You can volunteer to adopt an Angel, manage Angel Tree locations, or assist in sorting and distributing  gifts to program participants.

For information, call 256-536-5576.

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