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Shoals Red Kettle Campaign underway; Organizers hope for increased donations

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FLORENCE, Ala. – With the holiday season here now, folks out shopping will likely hear that familiar sound of bells ringing.

125 years ago, the first red kettle was put out to feed San Francisco’s poor at Christmas. Now the ringing bell and pot are used to help support Salvation Army’s across the world.

112516-capt-benjamin-deuel“They go to pay for supplies, they go to pay for food, sheets and blankets and pillows,” explained Capt. Benjamin Deuel.

Captain Deuel leads The Salvation Army of the Shoals. He said last year the Red Kettle Campaign came up well short of their goal in collecting funds.

The money they take in helps with programs such as the center of hope, a feeding program, and an after school program for kids.

“Even for the individuals who come to us seeking utility assistance or rental assistance. Those funds, that’s what helps us pay people s bills,” said Deuel.

112516-ld-red-kettle-campaign-5pm-pkg2Captain Deuel said they could also use volunteer bell ringers to help reduce their costs during the drive.

“If there are organizations or churches, or Sunday school classes or businesses who want to come out and to ring a bell for a few hours, please contact The Salvation Army,” stated Deuel.

The Salvation Army of the Shoals has set a goal of $150,000 for this year’s kettle drive. They say it will take everyone’s help to get there.

Red kettles are set up at more than two dozen major retailers through-out northwest Alabama.

If you would like to volunteer with The Salvation Army of the Shoals, contact them at (256) 764-4432.