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.