Harrison County Kettle Kick Off collects donations for the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has bell ringers at the Biloxi Visitors Center and they’ll be there all day.

As the sun starts rising, the bells start ringing for the annual Harrison County Kettle Kick Off. In front of the Biloxi Visitors Center, you’ll find local business owner Windy Swetman ringing in donations for the Salvation Army. “It’s a great tradition that our family started nine years ago. We get so much out of this day, just spreading Christmas cheer and helping the Salvation Army and bringing awareness to the Red Kettle program.”

As a former law enforcement officer and elected official, he’s extremely motivated to help the Salvation Army after seeing first hand what they’ve done in our community. “Boots on the ground in our community after Katrina, working with them in the cold weather shelters. I truly believe in the Salvation Army. I’ve seen what they do here in South Mississippi. I want to continue to help them. We just hope the viewers here, they see us out here today. We just hope they donate not only their dollars, but their time as well.”

Becoming a bell ringer is one way you can give back this holiday season. You’ll be collecting donations for an organization where all the donations go right back into the local community. Area Commander Major Jerry Friday said, “When you think about children who would wake up Christmas morning without present or a family that would go hungry on Christmas day that’s where the Salvation Army steps in.”

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