Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign Needs Volunteers

The bell ringing season that starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve will begin this Friday.

The need is even greater this year after three major hurricanes impacted Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean.

"When we have a situation like this where we have an influx of folks who are in crisis who have been traumatized we need that funding even more," Brenda Downing, divisional social services director, said. "We’re not the disaster-declared state so they’re very limited if any funds [are] coming to help us with these families so we really have to rely on folks to donate money to help us do this."

The goal is to raise $1.8 million in Connecticut.

"What people giving to the Salvation Army this time of year is doing: they’re partnering with us to help put those lives back together," Major Roger Duperree, Salvation Army Southern New England divisional secretary, said. 

If residents don't carry cash, they can text "GIVE CT" to 71777.

The Salvation Army said there is also a need for bell ringers this year. There are about 1,000 volunteers for this year’s campaign, but at least 500 more are needed.

Those who would like to help are encouraged to volunteer for at least two hours.

David Cornish, of Windham, has volunteered for the last 15 years.

"It seems like every year, the need gets greater. The number of people who are impacted by employment issues, by standard of living issues and try to make it through day-to-day," Cornish said. "It all starts with people just putting change in the kettle or putting a dollar in the kettle."

If you’d like to volunteer to be a bell ringer, head to the Connecticut Salvation Army website

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