It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.
The Salvation Army of Augusta Area Command will kick off its Red Kettle and Angel Tree campaigns on Friday at Hobby Lobby in the Augusta Exchange from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.
Red Kettle teams from various organizations will compete to fill their buckets for local families in need. Community members will also have the opportunity to select a child from the Angel Tree and purchase items for that child based on the information on the tag. Items should be returned to an Angel Tree drop-off location by Dec. 1. There are more than 700 children in need of Christmas gifts.
After Friday’s event, Angel Trees will be placed in the Augusta Mall and Kroc Center of Augusta and kettles will be outside of businesses in the Augusta area until Christmas Eve.
Money raised through these the kettle campaign provides funding for the Salvation Army’s programs, including providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. According to the Salvation Army, 82 cents of every dollar it spends is used to support those services throughout the country.
Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday to assist with kettles throughout the area. Individuals, churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations can volunteer to be a bell ringer by contacting Alice Scavullo at (706) 434-3185.