Voice of the people: Fred Bell

November 21, 2012 10:50:02 AM



Join the Red Kettle movement 


As you may know, the Salvation Army's Red Kettles are one of the most recognizable symbols of goodwill during the Christmas season. I know that most of you have already seen them in locations throughout Columbus and contributed money. With the ever increasing number of people needing assistance this year -- especially with the slow economy and unemployment rates at an all-time high, it's more important than ever before to maximize the moneys received in order to meet the needs of those less fortunate. Remember that 100 percent of moneys collected stay right here to help those families who may not be as blessed as you and I are. Your time is just as important as your money, and we are asking for a little of your time volunteer to be a bell ringer 


We are asking you now to sign up as a volunteer to ring at one of our locations throughout Columbus. Even better, challenge your sunday school classes at your church and set the example for other churches to do the same. If you belong to a civic club, business organization, garden club, or a community service group and would like to work as a team to help those in our community who are in need please call and volunteer to man the kettle for one day or more. 


The Red Kettles are out there now and we need volunteers to ring the bell each day through Christmas Eve. Hours are: 10 a. m. 'til 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. We will not ring on Thanksgiving Day and will ring only until 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. 


The Branding Promise of the Salvation Army is "doing the most good" and it truly does but we can only do the most good when we all work together. 


Join with the many others who want to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Please contact Major Eric Roberts at the Salvation Army at you earliest convenience locations throughout the city with any other questions you may have and let him know that you want to sign up to ring the bell. His telephone number is 662-327-5137 and his email address is [email protected] 


Fred Bell, Volunteer 


Salvation Army Board Member