Volunteers needed: Salvation Army looking to fill Red Kettle shifts

WDIO
Updated: December 09, 2020 11:15 PM
Created: December 09, 2020 11:10 PM

It's that time of year when the sound of a little red bell might greet you at the grocery store or the mall. 

The Salvation Army really appreciates the donations that go into those kettles, but they still need volunteers too. 

The red kettle drive goes until December 24th. There are 800 two-hour bell ringing shifts that they would love to fill. They're all across Duluth’s 17 kettle locations. 

Donations tend to be higher if someone is there. The funds go toward year-long programs at the Salvation Army.

“In a given year red kettles usually make up to 7 to 10 percent of our annual budget and that allows us to continue our programs like rookie basketball, transitional housing, food programs and things like that,” said Dan Williamson, Duluth Salvation Army Development Director. “So the red kettle season is very important to the Duluth Salvation Army.”

In the first 21 days, the kettle drive has raised over $89,000, but their goal for the year is to reach $215,000. There are pandemic safety protocols for bell ringing volunteers. 

You can sign up to help on the Salvation Army’s website.

And starting December 14th through Christmas Eve, Miner's Incorporated will match up to $50,000 in donations made to red kettles in front of Super One stores. The Miner Family is extending their challenge to help rescue the holidays for the most vulnerable.

There are several locations in our area where you can donate towards this challenge: Duluth, Superior, Virginia, Hibbing, Cloquet, Grand Rapids, Two Harbors.

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