The Salvation Army Waxahachie Corps is still in need of volunteers for its annual Red Kettle Campaign. The Salvation Army's goal is to raise $125,000 this year. The campaign will run from Nov. 22 to Dec. 24.
The program will be in full swing the day after Thanksgiving, and the organization is short of bell ringers, Volunteer Coordinator Ann Zembala said.
“We are still in need of volunteers to help through the holiday season,” Zembala said. “They are more than welcome to volunteer any day of the week, but we are desperately seeking individuals or groups who can volunteer on Saturdays.”
Zembala said volunteer participation is critical during this time of year, because they won't be able to staff all of the bell ringing locations without them.
“Without the assistance of the volunteers this can not be a successful campaign,” she said. “
She added that there are several locations in the Midlothian, Red Oak, Waxahachie and Ennis area for people to volunteer their time. And to help meet that demand people will be scheduled in two-hour shifts and groups will be utilized for an entire day.
“We understand that there may individuals who want to volunteer,” she said. “We will in no way discourage participation and will schedule them for no more than a two-hour shift.”
However if organizations or church groups sign up to volunteer, they are encouraging those groups to sign up for an entire day. For groups, the day will run from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
“Families are welcome to sign up to volunteer,” Zembala said. “Students 16 and older are also welcome.”
The organization is also still in need of sponsorships for the Christmas holiday. Zembala said five sponsors have committed to assist the organization, but they are need of at least 10 more sponsors. For a $300 sponsorship, the company or individual will have the opportunity to have their logo or company name on a kettle for three consecutive days. For a $500 sponsorship, the company of individual will have their name of logo on a kettle for an entire week, which will be Monday-Saturday.
“Sponsorships are important because the money they donate will help us pay for gas and other expenses we will incur during this holiday season,” Zembala said.
The Salvation Army aids every community in Ellis County through four main avenues – The Boys and Girls Club, its new music program for youth, its social service programs and disaster relief.
To become a sponsor or volunteer, call Ann Zembala at 313-580-5824 or Ann_Zembala@uss.salvationarmy.org.