Salvation Army seeks holiday bell-ringers

Charol McDonald an employee at the Salvation Army’s Southfield office paints red kettles and the poles that hold them in preparation for this year’s fundraising drive outside area businesses. Anne Runkle The Oakland Press

Salvation Army seeks holiday bell-ringers

The tree at is covered in tags with local children in need of presents.

"This is for the volunteers that come to ring the bells and their having a little get together for them to start off the season for bell ringing", said Volunteer, Mark Miller. After the gifts are purchased, they are returned to the Angel Tree location for processing and distribution by the Salvation Army.

Festival Foods recently announced it will partner with the Salvation Army to host the Red Kettle campaign at its 28 stores across the state beginning this month.

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The familiar red kettle and cheery bell has been a long time staple around the holidays, with bell ringers starting around Black Friday and continuing through Christmas Eve.

Money raised will be used throughout the year to help provide food, clothing, emergency and disaster assistance and toys for children this Christmas. Carmen Campbell, corps officer of the Auburn Salvation Army center, said in a news release. "Be a part of something special by helping make a difference in the lives of so many this holiday season, and all year round".

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