While some may think it is still a little early to unpack the holiday decorations, The Salvation Army has been hard at work, planning Christmas programs for several months. Now, as the red kettles are appearing outside stores, and Angel Trees are being set up, volunteers are needed to help ensure men, women and children in need throughout the Amarillo community experience the joys of Christmas.
According to a news release, the Salvation Army of Amarillo needs volunteer bell ringers from Nov. 26 to Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.
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The annual Red Kettle Campaign is one of the Salvation Army’s primary fundraising efforts of the year. Every dollar collected in the red kettles support the wide range of services and programs provided throughout the year in Amarillo, including feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, offering emergency financial assistance, providing toys to children, and more.
For more than 125 years, The Salvation Army’s red kettles have been a symbol of good will during the holiday season. “Last year, we implemented an online tool for volunteers to sign-up,” said Major Ernie Hull. “We are excited to offer this again for the 2021 season. Visit www.RegisterToRing.com and simply select the location, date and time you would like to ring. You can split a shift with a friend or sign up as a group. Individuals, families, groups of friends or co-workers, and church groups are all welcome!”
Angel Tree Program, holiday meals
Through the generous support of community donors, The Salvation Army will provide gifts for 2,000 children this year, according to the release. They are seeking volunteers to help manage Angel Tree locations and later help sort and distribute gifts to program participants.
In addition, for many years, The Salvation Army has served Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to approximately 250 residents. They are seeking approximately 20 volunteers to sign up for 2 to 3 hours for each of the holiday meals. Start a new holiday tradition with your family, or signup to give back all on your own.
Those interested in volunteering for Angel Tree, holiday meals, or something else can call The Salvation Army at (806) 373-6631, and as always, secure donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyTexas.org/Amarillo/ or by