The Salvation Army is gearing up for its annual Red Kettle Campaign by signing up volunteers to ring the bells in communities throughout Walworth County. (Submitted photo)

Bell ringers needed in communities throughout the county

The Salvation Army in Walworth County is seeking funds to help people who continue to struggle across the county.

In response to needs of neighbors who face poverty, unemployment and rising expenses, the Salvation Army in Walworth County has launched its annual campaign, called “Share Your Blessings, Be Blessed.” Its goal is to serve as a reminder of the joy that comes from helping those in need.

Locally, the Salvation Army in Walworth County hopes to raise $70,000 to help sustain the programs and services that help people in need in their daily struggle for survival.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas campaign will include its Red Kettles — a holiday tradition that has served as a symbol of goodwill for more than 100 years.

“Many families are still finding it very hard to stay afloat, and we’ve seen it firsthand in the numbers of people coming to us for help,” said Angela Swinehart, field representative.

“It’s especially hard during the holiday season, when so many of our neighbors don’t know how they’ll have the means to provide for their families. That’s why The Salvation Army looks to our community for their generosity: so we can show that same compassion and kindness to the less fortunate,” Swinehart added.

This holiday season is expected to be one of the busiest yet. Salvation Army officials stress that any contribution will help, and donations of time are accepted as gratefully as donations of money.

“Reaching out to those in need by volunteering to ring bells is a wonderful way to connect with the community, to give back, to share blessings, and to be blessed in return,” said Swinehart.

To volunteer this Christmas season in the Walworth area, call Gary at 262-275-6468.


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