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Salvation Army to hold open call for bellringers

J. H. Osborne • Nov 1, 2018 at 7:49 AM

KINGSPORT — The sound of ringing bells will soon be heard around the Model City as the Salvation Army begins its Christmas Red Kettle Drive. And it is looking for bellringers to work the kettles outside local businesses.

"Our Christmas Red Kettles are without a doubt the most prolific segment of our fundraising," Salvation Army Major Joseph May said. "Our kettle collection also generates a significant part of our social service budget."

The Salvation Army will be taking applications for employed bellringers at its Corps Community Center at 505 Dale St. in Kingsport on Monday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m.

"We prefer to have volunteers man our kettles. However, because we don't have enough volunteers, we do have to hire a number of workers to make sure our kettles are covered," said May.

Applicants need to bring a photo ID and Social Security card in order to apply.

"We ring bells every day with the exception of Sundays," May said. "And the closer we get to Christmas the more bellringers we need."

The Salvation Army expects to provide toys and Christmas assistance to about 1,200 families, including about 650 children, this year, May said.

"There is a lot of need and we are thankful that we can count on the strong support of our community to help meet that need," May said.

Area residents can make donations to The Salvation Army by sending contributions to P.O. Box 2280, Kingsport, TN 37662.

The Salvation Army provides food, clothing, emergency shelter and financial assistance to more than 11,000 people each year in portions of Sullivan and Hawkins counties. The Salvation Army also conducts weekly religious services and provides character-building programs and fellowship opportunities to the Kingsport community.

For more information about Salvation Army programs, call May at (423) 246-6671.

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