It’s that time of year when shoppers notice the red kettles at stores, with smiling bell ringers waiting for donations.
The Salvation Army annual fundraiser starts the day after Thanksgiving in Bourbon County and bell ringers are needed.
There are flexible hours and days for volunteers to schedule a time of bell ringing.
“It’s great for individuals, families, churches and community service organizations,” Allen Schellack, who is the local contact for the Salvation Army, said.
“The Salvation Army has someone in each county to represent them,” he said. “Called a service extension unit and disaster relief.”
“Your donation will stay local, helping your Bourbon County neighbors in need,” he said. “With such help as utility assistance, some temporary lodging, dental, prescription and glasses, it’s a wide range of things.”
“The last big flood we had, I gave someone a room until the water receded,” Schellack said. “I work case-by-case.”
“This year, $7,789 in assistance was provided 213 times to local families,” Schellack said.
For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Schellack at 620.223.2212.
Compassion Ministries, of which Schellack is the director, is located on the second floor at 26 N. Main. The ministry serves the underprivileged in Bourbon County.
Schellack is also the coordinator for Care Portal, which works with foster families.
To volunteer online go to https://registertoring.com