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Salvation Army seeks local volunteers

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer | 11/16/2012

The bells of charity and altruism soon will be sounding-off once more to ring in the holiday season.

The Salvation Army is set to launch its 2012 Red Kettle Campaign Nov. 23 in Ottawa and will continue until Christmas Eve. 

To reach its giving goal, however, the Red Cross needs more volunteers, Adam Lynch, coordinator of Franklin County’s Red Kettle campaign, said. After his email address was recently hacked, Lynch said most of his contacts were deleted, which has further complicated his efforts to schedule enough volunteers. 

“Salvation Army bell ringers are a cherished symbol of Christmas – the season of giving,” Lynch said. “Volunteers are critical to the overall success of our Red Kettle Campaign. We encourage individuals, families and groups to sign up for a shift. It’s a fun, easy way to help those less fortunate in our community.”

Last year, the Ottawa campaign fell about $3,000 short of its annual $20,000 fund-raising goal, Lynch said. And without his previous network of volunteers, Lynch said he fears reaching that goal this year might be difficult.

“This year I need more people to reach out to me due to the fact that I’ve lost all my contacts,” he said. “All gifts made in our community stay in our community.”

This year Salvation Army volunteers will ring bells at County Mart, 2138 S. Princeton Circle Drive, and Walmart Supercenter, 2101 S. Princeton St., Lynch said. The funds collected during the Ottawa campaign will directly support Salvation Army programs in Ottawa, as well as the poor in the community through 2012, Lynch added. The programs offer emergency rent and utility assistance, youth and senior programs and disaster response. 

For those interested in volunteering, sign up at www.volunteerspot.org, email Lynch at adamlynch509@gmail.com or call him at (913) 744-8249. To submit donations, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or mail a check to The Salvation Army at P.O. Box 494, Ottawa, Kan., 66067.

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