The holidays and the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign go hand in hand.
The annual tradition kicked off earlier this month with red kettles popping up all over the Gulf Coast. For dozens of years, the money raised through the campaign has gone on to help thousands in need.
Due to COVID-19, this year the Salvation Army is experiencing a lack in donations and bell ringers, both of which are desperately needed to make the campaign a success in 2020. Area Commander Bradley Caldwell said, “Folks don’t have change. Because COVID pushes us a little bit to the side out of the traffic flow, because people aren’t shopping as much. They’re going online. All of those conditions combined make for a very difficult fundraising season. We’re already about 60 percent behind where we were last year at this time and not necessarily seeing that improve. We’re in need of bell ringers. We normally would have hired 50 people by this point. We have 9. The bell ringers make the program possible. Without them out there, people don’t see it. It doesn’t speak to them. It just fades into the background.”
The position of bell ringer is paid. Anyone interested in applying can pick up an application at any Salvation Army location or apply online.