Kettle campaign looking for volunteers

Bell ringers and kettle keepers are in demand for the Salvation Army’s annual fundraising campaign.

Bell ringers and kettle keepers are in demand for the Salvation Army’s annual fundraising campaign.

The campaign kicks of on Nov. 21 and runs until Dec. 23.

More volunteers are needed if the local Sally Ann is to reach its $200,000 local fundraising goal.

Major Larry Bridger said the campaign needs about 40 volunteers a day to collect donations eight hours a day in the 10 locations in Red Deer.

“At some locations we are doing well but in some areas we find it difficult to get volunteers because we are all over the city,” he said.

More volunteers are needed for the Deer Park Co-op, Save-on Foods locations, Walmart (south) and Canadian Tire (south).

Last year, the non-profit group raised a disappointing $160,000. The goal was $190,000 but Bridger said they got off to a rough start because of the volunteer shortage.

Bridger said they hope to bounce back this year by changing the shifts to two-hour segments.

In previous years, the shifts were broken down to one-hour shifts, which left gaps between slots.

All the money raised through the campaign is used to help people at Christmas along with the Adopt-a-family program and throughout the year through programming and services.

Contact Debbie Lang, kettle campaign co-ordinator, at 403-346-2251 to volunteer.

The campaign officially launches at noon at Bower Place Shopping Centre on Nov. 21.

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