Nothing says Christmas like Salvation Army kettles, smiling volunteers in red aprons, and cheerful ringing bells stationed outside your favorite local store. But those iconic red kettles hold more than pocket change. Did you know that about 33% of total yearly donations to The Salvation Army come through the Red Kettle campaign, which only runs from late November until December 24? It’s a month of maximum impact.
But what does this statistic mean for Ashland County? Here’s a snapshot of how God blessed hundreds of local families in our community last Christmas.
Total Income: $37,000 dollars
Of course, none of these gifts would happen without the help of volunteers who fill thousands of shifts throughout the season. When you stand with a kettle outside of local shops, you’re not just ringing a bell. You’re blessing those who give as well as those who receive. People running errands during the holiday season are often dealing with their own stress or heartache. Sometimes it takes just one smile or "Merry Christmas" to help a stranger feel less alone in the world. Encouraging them to give—no matter what the amount—can also help them feel seen, connected, and grateful for the true meaning of the season.
Donating just two hours of your time can generate $80-100+, which translates to feeding and housing a family for a month, providing three underprivileged children the opportunity to attend summer camp, or meeting a number of other needs in the community. Unattended kettles raise little money, if any. That's why we need you to ring the bell!
Volunteering for the Red Kettle campaign can work around your schedule. Sign up for a shift—or two or three—this Christmas season and change lives for the entire year.
If you're interested in volunteering, please raise your hand today!« Back to Blog
THE SALVATION ARMY RAY & JOAN KROC CORPS COMMUNITY CENTER
527 East Liberty Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
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Sunday Worship: 10AM
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