The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching and local residents of Tallahassee can expect to see buckets swinging and cheerful ringing.
The Salvation Army will be kicking off their annual Red Kettle Campaign this November, but in order to make this fundraiser a success, they are seeking to hire 60 people to fill their bell ringing positions.
The Kettle campaign is an opportunity to provide jobs to those who are not employed this holiday season. Each Christmas, not only has the campaign provided much-needed jobs, but those jobs would often turn into permanent positions.
Salvation Army corps officer, Lt. Ryan Meo explained with the hard work and dedication previous employers have shown, it excited him to have them on board permanently.
“We are extremely excited when our bell ringers find permanent employment through this program. Some of our bell ringers show great initiative and a strong work ethic and have become invaluable employees,” said Meo.
For some, not only has the program lead to a lasting position, it became their second home. Tayler Farrington serves as the Red Kettle Campaign coordinator shared her experience as a bell ringer.
“ When you have people out there and you hear so many stories on how the Salvation Army help people. My sister and me were dancing and had a whole routine. It’s what you make it,” Farrington said.
She said that is one experience that opened up doors for her to serve within the Salvation Army and give back to the community.
Salvation Army also overlaps the Kettle Campaign with the Angel Tree Program. Both programs serve as fundraising initiatives. These programs are sufficient to raise funds throughout the year.
Amber Meo, the Angel Tree coordinator said both programs are equally important.
“We couldn’t do one without the other. Throughout the year when people give to the Salvation Army, weather during Christmas or any other time during the year, they are helping those in their community,” said Amber.
When a donor picks a child off the tree and shops for them, the resources that have been given throughout the year, especially Christmas, the staff and supplies goes towards making the cause successful.
“ If you’re helping one, you’re helping the other,” said Amber.