JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Soon, South Mississippians will hear red bells ringing across Jackson County to raise money for the needy in the area. The Salvation Army is about to kick off its annual Red Kettle Campaign.
It is a familiar sound that helps The Salvation Army bring attention to the less fortunate in Jackson County.
Captain Andy Bailey and his staff are preparing to head out to shopping centers to encourage people to give to the Red Kettle Campaign.
"We can expect to start on Friday, Nov. 21, at select locations across Jackson County," Bailey said
The annual holiday drive is considered the largest fundraiser for the organization. The dollars and change dropped in the kettles are expected to go to good use.
"Our goal is around $112,000. The money goes to help this facility like during cold nights, with bedding and blankets and those kinds of things. It is just to put a meal in somebody's belly or food boxes. We provide utility help and those kinds of things to help the community," Bailey said.
The great cause has Jose Marrero and Wayne Jackson waiting to lend a hand. The two have volunteered to be bell ringers this season. It is a job they don't take lightly.
"Six days a week, eight hours a day standing on your feet. Even though we get breaks, we put smiles on our faces and greet the customers," said Jackson
"This is my second year doing this, and I believe in the cause and God has brought me here. I came here for work and money, and instead I found the Salvation Army, and it has been great. I have been blessed," said Marrero.
Bailey and the bells ringers are confident the campaign will be able to bless others the more South Mississippians give this holiday season.
"Every dollar counts. Everything and anything, and it all adds up and a little bit will help somebody along the way," Bailey said.
Last year, South Mississippians helped the organization exceed its goal by $5,000.
Again, the drive starts Friday at 20 locations across the county. If you would like to volunteer and ring bells for the drive, call the Salvation Army at 228-762-7222.