Bell ringers, armed with a bell and a red bucket, will soon take their positions outside businesses for the Red Kettle Campaign.
Even more help is needed for this year’s fundraiser, which kicks off November 20.
In previous years, civic organizations have helped with the Red Kettle Campaign. However, because many members are seniors, The Salvation Army is coming up short of volunteers, according to Major Kelly Durant from The Salvation Army – Prince William County.
“We are in a pretty great need to find people that are willing to give us a day or two,” Durant told What’s Up Prince William.
Paid bell ringing positions are also available. Applications can be picked up at the Prince William County office, 1483 Old Bridge Road, Suite 102 in Woodbridge.
In addition to ringing the bell, community members may serve as virtual ringers where they ask others to donate through an online fundraiser.
To volunteer as an in-person or virtual ringer, visit The Salvation Army website.
Run by The Salvation Army, the Red Kettle Campaign collects funds for those in need. It provides about half of the non-profit’s budget.
“We need to have our budget replenished because – more than ever – people are asking us for assistance to pay late heating bills and of course we do water and any utility bill plus rent,” Durant said.
The Salvation Army has received some COVID-19 funds to cover rent, but it runs out at the beginning of 2021.
“We’re doing our best to get funds to cover the needs of the community,” Durant added.