The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida’s Red Kettle Campaign has a shortage of volunteer bell ringers, who are critical to the annual fundraiser’s success.
The volunteers man most of the Red Kettles at stores and other locations, issuing holiday greetings to encourage people to make donations. The nonprofit attributed the shortage to volunteer and donor fatigue from the 2017 hurricane season, which caused substantial damage across the region.
“The impact of the hurricane season only makes this year’s Red Kettle campaign all the more important,” said Major Bert Tanner, area commander. “All funds raised for hurricane relief go specifically to hurricane relief. But local families need services like our meal ministry and food pantry year-round. The need is growing in our community and we want to be able to meet that need.”
Volunteers are needed 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 23 at locations around Northeast Florida. A minimum commitment of two hours is required. To sign up, call (904) 301-4852 or text JaxKettle at 41444.
Also, the Salvation Army is still accepting applications for paid bellringer positions. Interested applicants should call (904) 534-4479 or email LaToya.Cousins@uss.salvationarmy.org.
Funds raised through the kettles stay local. To donate online go to bit.ly/NEFLRedKettle.
For more information go to salvationarmynefl.org.
Beth Reese Cravey: (904) 359-4109