Salvation Army preparing for the holidays

The holiday season is here and the Salvation Army is hoping to keep this tradition alive of greeting shoppers this holiday season with a smile, red kettle, and bell.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center has been hard at work preparing for the holiday season. For over 130 years, the Red Kettle and bell have greeted customers, but Area Commander Major Jerry Friday says this year it has been difficult to find bell ringers. “We are desperately seeking bell-ringers this year. If you can do this, you can have a job making 10, 11 dollars an hour.”

This year, the plan is to have 20 red kettles throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a donation goal of over $200,000.  “We are looking for 200,000 people to walk by the kettle and drop in a dollar as you’re shopping.”

Along with the Red Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army is also taking gifts for the Angel Tree. Angel Tree applications closed in October, but after a couple of calls from families saying they missed the deadline and were in need of the Salvation Army’s assistance, Major Friday is allowing more families to register. “We have a makeup day Monday here at the Salvation Army in Biloxi at the bridge which is right across the street from the Kroc Center.”

Major Friday was so touched by one of the families registering to be apart of the Angel Tree he decided to adopt all three of the children as his angels. “He looked at me and he said ‘tennis shoes.’ You know, most kids are asking for an Xbox, Switch, or whatever the latest thing is and this little boy said tennis shoes.”

Although it has been a challenging year, the Salvation Army is always going to make a way to serve the community. “We know and we believe in our heart that God will provide.”

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