Salvation Army needs volunteers for kettle campaign

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The holiday season is just around the corner, and that means you'll be seeing those familiar red kettles at shopping centers, raising money for the salvation army.

It's almost that time of the year.

When the bells will be ringing and the buckets will cha-ching, but you can't give like you normally can if there is no one to man the kettle.

Salvation Army officials say they are in critical need for volunteers at one of their 40 locations.

Towsend Miller is with the Salvation Army. Miller says, "The more volunteers that we have the more money we raise even if they are only able to ring for half a day, that's just wonderful."

Last year's kettle program netted about $500,000. This year they project they'll need more as the numbers of homeless families increase.

The hope is donations will help beyond December 25.

Miller says, "Not just during Christmas season, but all year long for programs for the initiatives we have in the community."

You'll see kettles in Lexington, Georgetown and Jessamine Counties, and in order to fill the void they say 20 to 30 more volunteers are needed a day.

Miller says, "If we had a volunteer for each one of those locations for every single day I can't imagine the impact we would be able to have on our community with all the funds that we'd hope to raise."

The kettle campaign begins November 8.

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