Passersby can place monetary donations inside the red kettles, which will be stationed in prominent locations throughout the region until December 23. The number of both are down from previous year.
"Teenagers don't earn much money, so when a young lady offers to give her whole week's wages to help buy toys for kids at Christmas, it melts my heart", he wrote online.
When you donate to The Salvation Army, your gift truly makes a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
A 1999 "Walking Liberty" gold coin was dropped into a Salvation Army kettle at a Walgreens Store on Tuesday.
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She's happy to see her busking money go towards a good cause and hopes it puts smiles on children's faces. Curtis Baggett is a Salvation Army Bell Ringer.
Donations collected in The Salvation Army kettles help to support local programs like the Christmas assistance program, year-round food assistance and other vital social services and youth programs.
Kimberly George at the Chattanooga Salvation Army says the Red Kettle money is $15,000 behind past year. It also provides some funding for the Christmas programs. "A snow or ice storm can really throw a wrench into kettle donations in a hurry".
"My father started the process years ago in Knoxville he organized the Kiwanis Club to ring the bells and he set an example for me, my brother and my sister", he said.
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