Your Money And Time Are Precious For Salvation Army

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The local Salvation Army is hoping to raise $112,000 in Jamestown and $57,000 in Dunkirk in this year’s campaign. Locally, funds received from the Red Kettle campaign help the Salvation Army provide a host of services to the community. Groups that receive aid include the Christmas Assistance Program, which provides both the Angel Tree Ministry Christmas gift program for children and the Christmas food basket program. The Community Cares Program provides nursing home services to residents every month, while the Bundle Them Up program provides coats for children every year. The Salvation Army’s Anew Center also benefits from Red Kettle Campaign proceeds.

There are two ways area residents can help.

The first is by simply dropping their change or, even better, some folding money into the ubiquitous red kettles whenever it’s possible.

The second, for those with a little more time on their hands, is to spend a few hours ringing a bell outside locations that host a Red Kettle. Major John Merchant told The Post-Journal last week that Jamestown’s goal fell short last year for the first time since he’s been with the non-profit agency. That’s why, on the first day of this year’s campaign, Merchant was interviewing people interested in jobs as bell ringers for the drive.

We admit free time is not that easy to come by in the hustle and bustle of life in 2018. It’s hard work to just get by these days and free time to relax is a precious commodity. The Red Kettle Campaign is not only a holiday tradition that we hate to see end, but the proceeds provide vital services to people in our community who would love to have the problem of simply not having enough free time to relax.

Giving money to the Red Kettle Campaign is a wonderful gift during this holiday season. Those who are able, however, could give an even bigger gift — the gift of their time.

Those who are interested in volunteering can call the Salvation Army at 664-4108.