LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With just eight days left in their donation season, the Lufkin Salavation Army is need of bell ringers.
"We do have a shortage of people working at the kettles, and we found that there are just a number of people that are hurting and can't give as much this year," said Cpt. Jason Moore.
The Salvation Army has 12 sites around Lufkin that they operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This year, Moore said it is not uncommon for three sites to be missed everyday. Moore said the charity is able to pay some people, but they rely heavily on the support of volunteers.
"We would love to have all volunteers or a volunteer army to ring for us during kettle season," Moore said. "If they want to come out and dress in festive wear, dress as elves or Santa Claus or Mrs. Clauses, then come out and just enjoy the moment."
Moore said he is not upset about the loss of volunteers. Moore pointed out that there are a lot of groups in need and sometimes groups can get lost during the last minute rush.
"A lot of people are busy, and they have other things to do, and possibly, they may have other volunteer engagements," Moore said.
The group is looking to raise $75,000 to give back to the community through their programs. Right now, 50 percent has been raised. Compared to last year, with a week left in the Red Kettle Campaign, the Lufkin office had raised 75 percent of their goal."
"It goes right back into the community to serve those that are less fortunate," Moore said. "It goes right into our social service program like our soup kitchen and the men's shelter. It helps with folks that can't afford to buy clothes."
Now Moore and those that ring the bells are looking for a Christmas miracle.
"We are looking for a miracle," Moore said. "We are always looking for more than whats expected so we can give back to our community."
Anyone looking to volunteer is asked to contact the Salvation Army in downtown Lufkin. Click here for contact information. The Red Kettle Campaign will run through Christmas Eve.