Salvation Army bell ringing kicks off Saturday

Published 9:41 am Friday, November 11, 2016

Because of one man’s desire to feed the hungry a Christmas dinner, the Salvation Army Red Kettle program was born.

On Saturday, Vicksburg residents will have the opportunity to continue the tradition started by Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee back in 1891 and to also participate in the local Angel Tree program.

The Salvation Army of Vicksburg will kick off their bell ringing and Angel Tree campaigns at the Vicksburg Mall near Dillard’s, Maj. Steve Welch said.

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“Festive music, provided by a Salvation Army brass ensemble, will begin at 11:30 a.m., and at noon, encouraging words are expected from the Mayor and Aldermen of Vicksburg,” he said.

There will also be performances by Miss Warren County Colby Brumfield and Miss Pride of the South’s Outstanding Teen Julieanna Jackson, and Miss Warren County’s Outstanding Teen Abigail Vance, will be ringing the Kickoff bell, Welch said.

From Saturday through Christmas, red kettles will be placed at various locations throughout the city, and Welch said is hoping that many in the community will sign on to ring bells for the program, which is now recognized worldwide.

“To volunteer as a bell ringer at any of the locations in Vicksburg, just call the Salvation Army Kettle volunteer coordinator at 601-415-2994,” Welch said.

In addition to the Salvation Army of Vicksburg looking for bell ringers, Welch said they also need 557 Angels to be adopted.

The Angels represent children from infant to age 11 and older adults, he said.

Those interested in adopting an Angel can do so during Saturday’s event or by going to the Salvation Army office 530 Mission 66.

“Beginning Nov. 25, volunteers from the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will be manning the Angel Tree at the Vicksburg Mall during mall store hours,” he said.

For more information, call 601-636-2706.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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