PAGE – The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is underway and bell ringers are needed in front of three stores in town, said Tammy Straub.
Boston’s Ace Hardware, Safeway, and Walmart are welcoming Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign. Volunteer bell ringers are needed. Volunteers are reciprocating, but they need to sign up first, said Straub, chair of the bell-ringing campaign.
“We have a contract with the Salvation Army that cannot be broken or changed,” Straub told the Chronicle on Sunday night. “In addition, we must adhere to the time and date terms of our contracts with Ace Hardware, Safeway, and (with) Walmart parent corporations.”
Straub went on to say, “The funds must be secure at all times by the scheduled ringers. If you just show up, you risk infringing on the scheduled time of another volunteer. We appreciate the time and effort of all our volunteers and ask for everyone’s consideration in following our terms of operation.”
Straub said she will sign up volunteers (over 18, or under the supervision of an adult). Those interested must call 928-645-03687 to schedule a shift (or shifts for groups). Bellringing at Safeway and at Boston’s are on Fridays and on Saturdays. Walmart will host ringers on the weekends.
Straub said ringing is between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The Red Kettle Campaign started Nov. 29 and it will end Christmas Eve. The campaign helps those in need, such as those struggling to pay their utility bill, in the community of Page.
Straub said over $12,000 was raised last year through the Salvation Army program, which is operated through the Circle of Page at 801 Aqua Ave.
Passersby who walk by a red Salvation Army kettle during the holidays every year are guaranteed a big smile and a warm greeting.
“You are needed,” Straub added. “Help spread the warmth. All donations stay in our community.”