Salvation Army looking for volunteer bell ringers

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno helps kick off 2017 Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign (photos)

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Volunteer bell ringers are needed. The primary way that The Salvation Army receives funding is through collection at kettles at Christmas time that are stationed in front of high-traffic area stores with volunteers ringing bells.

Businesses or groups looking to get involved in the hamper or toy drive, can contact The Salvation Army at 519-836-9824.

Donations are down 15 percent at the Capital Region Salvation Army and this year's natural and man-made disasters may be to blame.

In 2016, more than $50,000 was raised for families in need through the campaign.

Dickinson said she does not want the United States to be defined by a "challenging" political landscape, terrorism, senseless violence or drug addiction. "So that means we're going to have more net revenue that we can bring back towards our organization and to the programs that we're doing here that help the needy in our community", explained Tammy Shank, the Corps Director of Development at the Lynchburg Salvation Army.

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"Our goal this year is $350,000", Tamayo said.

The theme of this year's campaign is "Love Your Neighbor".

The Red Kettle Campaign kickoff day will be next Friday at Hobby Lobby.

Past year across Canada, 262,000 people were helped by The Salvation Army at Christmas with food hampers and toys. The angel will contain information about the child, such as name, age and Christmas wish list.

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