Salvation Army seeking donations for Red Kettle drive

Javier Stokes
December 12, 2017

"We stop ringing December the 23rd and the week leading up to that date, and right now, we are very thin on volunteers", said Capt. Paul Ryerson with the Salvation Army.

Red Kettle collections comprise approximately 25 percent of donations to The Salvation Army in New Mexico for the entire year.

"They come through and they hear that bell and it just makes them feel like Christmas is today, and that's the best part", said Childs. Salvation Army services are funded through donations from individuals. The Salvation Army began in St. Joseph in 1886 and today operates a range of services targeted at people in need of life's essentials - food, clothing and shelter.

Casey says, "They all fall into the category of needing Christmas".

Local Salvation Army officials are now warning Aurora donors that there could be people imposing as bell ringers.

This year they were unable to set up Red Kettle locations in Clark and Montgomery counties due to a lack of volunteers, but there are plans to branch out next year. A year ago the combined effort of all city contestants raised $6,571. "It's important that the program is funded because we feed an average of around 200 people each night", he said.

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"When it comes to bell ringing, we have more open time slots then we have filled time slots", he said. That's why there are fewer bell ringers in front of storefronts.

"The Salvation Army is the only organization in the area offering a free dinner on a daily basis. The Salvation Army could not have made it this far without everyone's generosity", said Lt. Samantha Lockard.

"I think it's been good on both ends", she said.

"We're run by volunteers", she said.

"There are needs that are just not as popular, but you still have to pay the bills and insurance", Benton said. We want to thank everyone who came out and contributed.

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