Red Kettle Campaign Kicked Off

by Ramonica R. Jones

Salvation Army bell ringers come in all ages and races, but they all have one thing in common; they stand in the cold for a good cause - to help the less fortunate during the Christmas season.

Jesus Olvera said, "This is just to help the kids for the holidays and get presents for the needy that people can't afford."

Volunteers aren't just helping out during the holiday season. Many are giving back to a community that once helped them out when they were down on their luck.

Mr. King said, "The Salvation Army has helped me, so I'm just trying to give back to them. They're here for a good cause - to help all these underprivileged children here in this area, and I just think it's a wonderful cause. I'm honored to be out here trying to help these people out."

The Salvation Army is always looking for a few good bell ringers and other volunteers. If you want to help out, call the agency at (936) 634-5132.

Each Red Kettle donation helps the Salvation Army buy toys, Christmas presents for nursing home residents, and Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for those who would otherwise go hungry.