Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7, you will begin to see our traditional red kettles and hear the ringing of our famous bells. Please remember that the money you put in our red kettles supports our many local social service programs.
Our list of much needed programs includes a women and children’s shelter; free residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation; an emergency shelter; a soup line; and job skills training.
ON NOV. 7, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., we will be celebrating the kickoff of this year’s kettle season with a sports-themed event at Kroger on Washington Road at Alexander Drive. Kettles representing the University of Georgia Bulldogs, the Georgia Southern University Eagles, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, the Clemson University Tigers, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the local favorite Augusta State University Jaguars will be manned by volunteers and sports fans all day. I would like to invite you to bring your family down to the event that day to support your favorite sports team and The Salvation Army.
From Nov. 8 to Dec. 24, we will have kettles stationed at nearly 30 locations around the Augusta area. Of course, all these kettles need bell-ringers, so we invite you to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator at (706) 434-3185. Whether you are an individual, church youth group or place of business, bell-ringing is a rewarding and easy way to give back to your community.
The change you put into the kettles helps people in need – people such as “Shelley” (not her real name), who is a perfect example of how lives can be changed through The Salvation Army’s programs.
SHELLEY FIRST stayed in our women and children’s shelter two years ago. A mother of two, she was homeless and struggling to provide for her family. After living in our shelter for a few months, Shelley’s negative attitude completely turned around. Shelley has moved out of the shelter and into an apartment with her children. She is employed and is planning to start nursing school soon.
Your generosity during kettle season helps support our year-round services. Without these funds, we would not be able to provide the much-needed social services in our local community. Here at The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta, we promise to “Do The Most Good” with your charitable donations.
Thank you, Augustans, for always providing when we see enormous needs in our community. When you see the red kettles this Christmas season, please remember that a little change will change the lives of those in need right here in our community.
(The writer is the administrator of The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta.)