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Red Kettle Campaign Bell Ringers Needed



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The local unit of the Salvation Army is less than a week away from its 2019 Red Kettle Campaign and is still seeking volunteer bell ringers.

This year’s campaign is scheduled for Friday evenings, December 6 and 13; and Saturday mornings and afternoons, December 7 and 14.

As of Tuesday, December 3, volunteers were still needed for both weekends. Individuals, couples, families, groups of friends, and members of organizations and businesses are all welcome.

Volunteer Co-Coordinator Anna Wiedemann told The Newtown Bee on December 3 that she is really hoping to hear from people who can spend at least one hour ringing a bell this Friday night.

“One hour shifts will benefit so many of our neighbors,” she said.

Around the world, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign collects public contributions/donations to help people in need. Funds raised by the Bethel-Newtown Salvation Army Committee go to Newtown Department of Social Services, which provides assistance to residents in need.

Ninety percent of the donations received during the Red Kettle Campaign remain in Bethel and Newtown.

Spots left on Friday, December 6, are as follows:

Bottle Stop, beginning at 6 and 7 pm start times;

Pizza Palace, 5:30 and 6:30 pm;

Stop & Shop, both entrances, 7 pm (so two openings available);

Walgreens, 7 pm; and

Yankee Wine & Spirits, 4, 5, and 7 pm.

Saturday, December 7

Bottle Stop, 2 pm;

Walgreens, 11 am, noon, 1 pm and 3 pm; and

Yankee Wine, 2 and 3 pm.

Anyone interested in signing up can do so directly through signupgenius, or by calling Ms Wiedemann at 203-426-1035. The online link also includes the December 13-14 schedule for those who would like to volunteer for one of those available times.

Sylvia Poulin, left, a volunteer with The Newtown unit of The Salvation Army, works with volunteers picking time slots during an event for bell ringers held in November 2018. The local Salvation Army is still hoping to fill bell ringer slots for this year's campaign, which begins Friday evening. —Bee file photo
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