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Article Published: Aug. 28, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 28, 2013
Salvation Army seeks bellringers

In less than three months, the 2013 Red Kettle season will start for The Salvation Army.

The Greater Hickory/High Country Command is now scheduling volunteers who want to donate their time to ring the bells.

Collections from the Red Kettles are a key part of the funds that support The Salvation Army’s crisis assistance ministry, Salvation Army officials said.

The Greater Hickory/High Country Command collected $369,809 during the 2012 Christmas Season.
Volunteers who donate their time to ring the bells are a key part of the fundraising effort.

“It is our desire to have a totally volunteer kettle program,” said Capt. Michael Harris, regional coordinator for the Greater Hickory/High Country coordinate, “but every year we need to hire individuals to augment our diminishing pool of volunteers.”

Individuals, Sunday school classes, civic clubs, businesses and families can make a big difference in the net proceeds from the Red Kettle collections, he said, adding that every location covered by volunteers saves The Salvation Army about $80 in labor cost per day.

“Our goal is to increase our volunteer activity to the point that we save The Salvation Army $20,000 that could be used to meet the communities needs,” said Steve Aaron, volunteer coordinator.

The Red Kettle season will begin on Nov. 22 and end on Dec. 24. The kettles are manned every day, except on Sundays.

The Hickory corps has indoor and outside locations. Ringing hours usually begin at 9 a.m. and end at 9 p.m.

Watauga and Avery county volunteers can contact Lt. Michal Chapman at (828) 851-3167 or email

Groups or individuals interested in volunteering in Catawba County can call Steve Aaron at (828) 446-0480 or email (

Volunteers in McDowell and Burke counties can contact Joe Ontiveros at (828) 851-3042 or email (

Caldwell County volunteers can contact Phil Heath at (828) 381-1319 or email (

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