Salvation Army: Jacksonville area Red Kettles in need of volunteer bellringers

Salvation Army: Jacksonville area Red Kettles in need of volunteer bellringers

Representatives from both organizations said that they wanted to address the needs of the community as well as those overseas.

The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida's Red Kettle Campaign has a shortage of volunteer bell ringers, who are critical to the annual fundraiser's success.

The Salvation Army's Adopt-A-Family program gives donors the opportunity to provide a family's Christmas dinner, gifts for parents and children and other items the family may need.

The Salvation Army is also accepting toy donations at its church location and thrift stores until December 15.

"We'll be using all of these funds to support our programs that are with emergency assistance programs", says Salvation Army Captain Karl Dahlin. "The goal is to raise money and toys for the families that they help". "Now, we're looking like we might exceed what we brought in past year".

This year's fundraising goal for the Salvation Army of Portage County is $175,000.

Toys collected at the drive will be delivered to the Salvation Army's office off of West Church Street Saturday afternoon. There are 11 kettle locations in the area, including Cub Foods, Super One, Walgreens, Walmart, Big Lots, Westgate Mall, Schaefers Foods, SuperValu, Mills Fleet Farm. Homelessness is devastating; people die on the streets every year. "We chose to do something different this year and help those overseas".

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