Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army
Area shoppers are starting to hear the sweet sound of bells as they complete their errands and prepare for the holiday season.
This week, The Salvation Army Prince William County Corps began its Red Kettle Campaign.
Running until December 24, the annual initiative collects funds that are used throughout the year, according to the Register to Ring website.
In addition to homeless shelters and rehabilitation services, the donations support various services, including programs for youth, disaster relief, social services aid, and efforts that oppose human trafficking.
The Salvation Army is still seeking bell ringers. People and organizations can sign up to ring in person by visiting the Register to Ring website. Interested volunteers may also become virtual ringers, where they encourage others to donate to an online fundraiser.
Ringing bells isn’t the only way members of the public can support the community. Angel Tree sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals, groups and businesses. Through the program, participants provide gifts for kids in need.
After signing up on the Salvation Army website, sponsors are given one (or multiple) “angels”, depending on their preference. Then, they purchase clothes, toys and gift cards for those children.
Presents for youth from Prince William County should be brought to The Prince William County Corps by November 24, according to Kallan Wentworth-Powell, senior major gifts manager from the National Capital Area Command’s Development Department. The Prince William County Corps is located at 1483 Old Bridge Road, Suite 102, in Woodbridge.
Gifts for kids residing in Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County may be dropped off or shipped to the Hyattsville, MD warehouse until Dec 10.
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