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Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign underway

25 November 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the symbolic red kettle The Salvation Army Guam Corps distributes to enlist the community's support in helping those in need.

One of those people was Ann Irby, of Gretna, who said, "If God blesses you with extra, you should share because if you don't he will give [those blessings] to somebody that will".

The campaign, which sees volunteers ringing bells and collecting donations at businesses around the city, got underway earlier this month, and runs until December 23. They also hope to provide coats and other winter clothes to people who stop by this winter.

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Bell ringers help raise more than $700,000 annually for programs and services for those in need in the Portland metro area.

"Our goal has been for the last couple years has been $350,000", said Major Murray Jaster, executive director of the Salvation Army.

Warm said while local real estate agents have the manpower they need for Ring Day, the Salvation Army always needs more volunteer bell-ringers and donations.

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Waugh said the aging volunteer population may be to blame for the lack of volunteers, but she's not sure. "It's very important, because there are a lot of needy people out there". "I would encourage anybody to do it". I enjoy bringing cheers to people's faces because we never know what they're going through.

"Knowing that what I'm doing is going to benefit someone, it's going to help somebody in need", she said.

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Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign underway