Salvation Army red kettle season, Nov. 23 to Dec. 24, needs volunteers, donations
Another holiday season is near.
It won’t be long before the red kettles of The Salvation Army will appear in front of Fairfield’s Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store and Walmart.
New Life Community Church is once again privileged to be able to partner with The Salvation Army in the annual holiday effort to better serve the Jefferson County community.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to ring bells, call the Rev. Holland Webb, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Jefferson County, at 641-472-2524 at church or 641-451-5323, his cell phone, to schedule a day and time.
He also welcomes and questions and can provide more information.
“It’s more fun to participate if two people sign up for the same time slot and work together,” said Holland. “It is recommended that you plan to schedule yourself for at least two hours.
“Also, please dress according to the wind and temperatures as we do not want anyone to suffer frostbite.”
Kettles will be available for volunteers to ring bells beginning Nov. 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving, continuing Mondays through Saturdays to Dec. 24. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Past support for this fund-raising effort has been wonderful, he said. The Salvation Army gives a great big thank you to all who participated in past years with donations of time as a volunteer bell ringer as well as to those who contributed hard-earned dollars, he said.
Between money dropped into the store front kettle stands, the kettles on counters in a few businesses around town and through donations sent in by mail, it was a good season last year, surpassing the goal of $16,000 by raising $19,529.15, which was $4,791 more than the previous year.
This year’s local goal is $20,000.
Community service clubs, churches and individuals have already committed to ringing bells this year.
Individuals and groups are welcome and encouraged to volunteer in the effort to assist our neighbors in need in Jefferson County.
As a reminder regarding how the money raised is distributed, 70 percent of all funds are available for use in Jefferson County.
The other 30 percent is used by The Salvation Army for administrative expenses.
The locally used funds are distributed by Webb at the New Life Community Church in Fairfield.
In the past year The Salvation Army served 381 individuals; that included 137 households with 119 children, 172 women and 92 men, with the following needs met:
• Lodging/motel costs, six households, $385.44.
• Groceries, four households, $230.
• Rent, 64 households, $6,165.
• Health care, 21 households, $768.66.
• Transportation, 11 households, $591.50.
• Utilities, 76 households, $6,541.39.
• Other expenses, four households, $1,210.
That’s a total of $15,857.63 in aid for the past year.
To mail monetary contributions, it may sent to the Rev. Holland Webb, 202 South Fifth St. Fairfield 52556.