Kettle kickoff and bell ringing starts November 17

Yolanda Curtis
November 11, 2017

"And this year with all of the hurricanes and all of the tragedies, the Salvation Army needs our help now more than ever", said Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, a Georgia Southern team member.

Event donations have reached $20,000 in previous years according to Salvation Army Capt. Philip Canning.

Almost 100 locations around the area are available to The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles this year. "Christmas is a hard time for a lot of families".

With help from the community, the campaign gives children in need a special Christmas.

Bob and Julie Dobski are this year's campaign chairmen.

"There is a major need in this community for people who don't have a traditional family unit", Bob Dobski said.

York Director of Community Relations Edquina Washington will be joined by York County Commissioners and other public officials to recognize the Salvation Army and its impact on the community. Starting today, you will see volunteers along with their red kettles outside many area stores collecting money. Walsh told News 4, "We serve dinner on Christmas day at noon and we have volunteer shifts open for that".

Last Christmas, The Salvation Army distributed 1,200 food baskets.

There are almost 18,000 hours of bell ringing to be filled this year. "We hope this kick-off event raises awareness of the huge need in our community, but also serves as a celebration of holiday generosity".

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