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Bell ringers are needed at the Salvation Army's red kettles

Bell ringers are needed at the Salvation Army's red kettles”

It's the last big drive for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive.

"Salvation Army does not do door-to-door soliciting, so please if somebody comes to your door do not give them any money".

This year's Angel Tree program distributed gifts, including 225 new bicycles, to 859 children from 340 area families, said Capt. Philip Canning, co-area Salvation Army commander with his wife, Capt. Elaine Canning.

Michelle Scroggins, director of community relations, says they haven't been seeing a negative impact on donations locally.

The Pottsville Salvation Army, meanwhile, is in need of bell ringers.

"Even if you have a dollar, just a dollar, it will mean so much because dollars add up", Jones said.

A weight is being lifted off the shoulders of hundreds of East Tennessee families who may be worrying about affording Christmas gifts.

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"But again 150 to 200 is a very considerable gap and it's certainly something we want to mend", Repass said. "Many of the people we help do have jobs".

During one particular period, three people donated in quick succession and a few commented that giving would be easier if red kettles accepted credit cards or Apple Pay.

Just over half of the more than 700 hampers this year will go out Monday.

"The Salvation Army is the most wonderful organization in the world", said Windy Swetman Sr.

"We are so thankful for our volunteers", Envoy Brad Harris of the Pottsville Salvation Army said.

Last year, the Salvation Army provided almost 28,000 hot meals, hot showers, laundry facilities, clothing, household items, school supplies and sponsored 86 childrens trips to summer camp.

"Without sufficient donations to the kettle campaign, I am concerned about our ability to meet the need for social services and continue providing the same level of service across the region", said Stephen Banfield, that division's commander. The Reno Corps set a $285,000 goal for this year.



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