As the holiday season draws near, The Salvation Army of Reading is in deep need of volunteer bell ringers to drive its annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign.

The iconic tradition of bell ringers and red kettles is the most recognizable fundraising effort for The Salvation Army, which seeks to raise more than $120,000 in Berks County this season. All donations collected throughout the annual holiday campaign will fund programs that provide hope and change lives year round for Berks County residents.

Bell ringing opportunities are open for individuals and groups starting Monday, Nov. 12. Volunteers are asked to ring bells while standing alongside red kettles for at least a two-hour shift, up to a six-hour shift, Monday through Saturday. Passersby place monetary donations inside the kettles, which will be stationed outside retail locations such as Walmart, Redner’s, Sam’s Club, Boscov’s, A.C. Moore and the Fairgrounds Farmers Market until Dec. 24.

“Volunteers are truly the army behind ‘The Army,’” said Captain Ted Tressler, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army of Reading. “Thanks to their selfless dedication and generosity, we are able to raise crucial funding for programs that support local families in crisis.”

The Salvation Army of Reading is committed to “doing the most good” in the community. Each year it serves more than 25,000 people in crisis through utility assistance, food distribution, holiday assistance, clothing and transportation vouchers and other emergency funds. It provides permanent housing for chronically homeless and disabled individuals, a learning center with after-school programming, early childhood development, teen mentoring, summer camp and adult education classes. In 2016, The Salvation Army of Reading also launched Pathway of Hope, an intensive case management initiative to help motivated families achieve self-sufficiency.

Community members who are interested in volunteer opportunities are asked to contact Captain Sharon Tressler at 610-373-0374 or Sharon.tressler@use.salvationarmy.orgfor more information.

Individuals who would like to make a financial donation should visit www.SalvationArmyReading.org, or text ORKREADING to 71777, by using a mobile phone, to make a secure credit card donation. Donations by check may be mailed to 301 S 5th Street, Reading, PA 19602.

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