Kettle campaign kicks in overdrive for Salvation Army - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Kettle campaign kicks in overdrive for Salvation Army

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Salvation Army is busier than ever this holiday season as it works to help the less fortunate this holiday season. With the number of those in need continuing to rise in South Mississippi, the signature red kettles will be even more prevalent this year.

Lieutenant Ben Deule of the Salvation Army said, "Last year, we had a total of 17 locations; this year we've been able to drum up 35 locations. However, we're having a hard time getting our bell ringers to all those locations."

The Salvation Army is hoping the Christmas spirit will draw more people to its red kettle to give and to work. It pays some of its bell ringers but says it needs volunteers right now.

The Salvation Army points to the increase in need across South Mississippi for more kettle locations. It's trying to reach a goal of $150,000 this year in Harrison and Hancock counties. So far, it's raised about $60,000.

"The money that we raise during the holiday season goes to our effort all year long. It helps us provide food, housing and different things for families in this community throughout the year," said Deule.

Last year, the Salvation Army said its kettle campaign raised about $120,000. With more families signed up for holiday help this year, it said that $150,000 goal is an important one to reach. Bell ringer, Bridget Boehm said she's already seen signs that South Mississippi could get there.

"I've had so many wonderful, generous people. Every now and then, you'll see someone who looks like they don't have a dollar in their pocket, and they'll take out 15 cents and put it in the kettle. Every 15 cents count," says Boehm.

For more information on how to volunteer as a bell ringer, you can call 228-868-1188.

The Salvation Army is also pushing forward with its Angel Tree drive to help children in need across South Mississippi. To support a little angel in need in South Mississippi, you can stop by the Edgewater Mall display. Other stores across South Mississippi with angels for pick-up include Wal-mart, P.J.'s Coffee House and Gulfport Premium Outlets, formerly the Prime Outlets at Gulfport.

Besides stores, some apartment complexes are also participating. The deadline for the angel tree is December 15th.

The Salvation Army is also trying to make it a Merry Christmas for senior citizens across South Mississippi. Seniors 65 and older can stop the Salvation Army's Gulfport or Pascagoula offices on Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm through December 10. Seniors must have proof of residency and a valid photo id when they sign up.

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Deputies search for home invasion suspects in Vancleave

    Deputies search for home invasion suspects in Vancleave

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:31 PM EST2018-02-21 18:31:27 GMT
    Deputies and canine officers in Vancleave searched Wednesday for two suspects in an attempted home invasion on Morning Glory Road. (Source: WLOX)Deputies and canine officers in Vancleave searched Wednesday for two suspects in an attempted home invasion on Morning Glory Road. (Source: WLOX)

    Authorities in Jackson County are searching for two men accused of trying to break into a home early Wednesday. Numerous sheriff's deputies and canine officers are in Vancleave near Morning Glory Road searching for the suspects. 

    More >>

    Authorities in Jackson County are searching for two men accused of trying to break into a home early Wednesday. Numerous sheriff's deputies and canine officers are in Vancleave near Morning Glory Road searching for the suspects. 

    More >>
  • George Co. nurse charged with manslaughter files defamation lawsuit

    George Co. nurse charged with manslaughter files defamation lawsuit

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:18 PM EST2018-02-21 18:18:25 GMT
    Carmon Sue Brannan (Source: George Co. Sheriff's Dept)Carmon Sue Brannan (Source: George Co. Sheriff's Dept)

    The former nurse charged in the death of an inmate is suing a woman who posted comments on social media. Carmon Sue Brannan filed the lawsuit on Feb. 13, 2018, one month after a mistrial was declared. Brannan - a former nurse at George County Correctional Facility - is accused of denying medical care to Joel Dixon, who was an inmate there when he died.

    More >>

    The former nurse charged in the death of an inmate is suing a woman who posted comments on social media. Carmon Sue Brannan filed the lawsuit on Feb. 13, 2018, one month after a mistrial was declared. Brannan - a former nurse at George County Correctional Facility - is accused of denying medical care to Joel Dixon, who was an inmate there when he died.

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Mobile Police officer shot and killed

    Mobile Police officer shot and killed

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 12:39 PM EST2018-02-21 17:39:04 GMT
    Slain Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa (MPD)Slain Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa (MPD)

    A Mobile Police officer was shot and killed Tuesday night in Toulminville. 

    More >>

    A Mobile Police officer was shot and killed Tuesday night in Toulminville. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly