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Kettle Campaign continues through Dec. 24

December 14th, 2011 10:32 am by Staff Report

Ernest Sullivan is helping those who helped him by working as a bell ringer this year for the Salvation Army.

"The Salvation Army is a good organization," Sullivan said. "They helped me stand on my own two feet, and I believe in what they do to help the community."

This year, the local Salvation Army is hoping to raise $168,000 during the annual Kettle Campaign, which started Nov. 18 and continues through Christmas Eve at 25 locations throughout Kingsport. The money raised will be used throughout the year to operate the homeless shelter and keep the kitchen stocked and running.

The Salvation Army relies heavily on volunteers to man the Kettle Campaign, according to Major Anthony Baso. In addition, the Salvation Army pays some folks like Sullivan to serve as bell ringers. The paid bell ringers have used Salvation Army services and are given the opportunity to work and earn money during the Christmas season.

"The Bell Ringers who have done a really good job by being on time, every day, and well-groomed with a good attitude will receive a Letter of Recommendation from the Salvation Army," Maj. Baso explained.

Volunteers are still needed for the annual campaign.

If you are interested in volunteering, call the Salvation Army at 423-246-6671 or stop by the office at 505 Dale St. in Kingsport.

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