Red Kettle Campaign kicks off November 17

Salvation Army offering new way for people to give this holiday season

Red Kettle Campaign kicks off November 17

"We still have shifts available to be fill".

The Salvation Army's red kettles outside of stores, with accompanying bell ringers, are an annual marker of the holiday season.

"Even though our Angels may never know where these gifts come from, the feeling they get on Christmas morning when they open their gifts will stay with them forever", Major Charlotte Gargis, associate area commander of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma, told KFOR in 2016.

Since 2006, Carol Roche has been standing post at one of the 19 Kingston kettle locations.

The Salvation Army provides many programs which support local individuals, including funding bills during tough times for families. Volunteers are needed through Christmas eve.

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"I know when I stand by the kettle there's going to be a family out there that is going to benefit for the two hours I stood by that kettle just like I benefited", said Roche. The money is used to fund services provided by the Salvation Army.

Roche volunteers a few times a week, as well as volunteering for the Salvation Army's Christmas Hamper campaign. "This season, every cent helps us turn the hope of those we serve into reality".

Programs and services like the day drop in shelter, emergency food services, Community Choice Pantry as well as the after school program, and volunteer income tax clinic.

"We always help between 400-500 at Christmas", said Sgt. -Maj.

Last year, the campaign was able to exceed its goal, and both Sadowy and Roche are hoping to see the same this year. Fjellman said a red kettle accompanied by a volunteer ringing bells brings in far more donations than a kettle sitting solo.

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