The Salvation Army calls for volunteers to be holiday heroes

Published 12:32 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Salvation Army is in full swing with its largest annual fundraisers and needs your help.

Volunteers play a crucial role in the organization’s mission to serve others not only during the holiday season but beyond.

“If you’ve never volunteered with The Salvation Army, now is the perfect time to dive in. You’ll be part of something special, making a meaningful impact on so many lives this holiday season,” said Maj. Janna Torgerson, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army. “We’ve got options for everyone, whether you’ve only got an hour, a morning or a full day to spare.”

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Torgerson offered said there are many opportunities for people to volunteer:

  • Volunteer as a Bell Ringer. The Salvation Army urgently needs volunteers to ring its iconic red bells for the annual Red Kettle Campaign, one of the Army’s primary fundraising efforts. Every dollar dropped into the red kettles supports a wide array of local services and programs, including food assistance, emergency financial assistance, youth programs, women’s ministries and more. This year’s goal aims to raise $47,000 to help meet the increased needs of the community. “We deeply appreciate our volunteers,” Torgerson said. “Ringing alongside family, friends, coworkers or your church group is an easy yet impactful way to bond and give back. Get creative. Engage in friendly workgroup competitions, sing your favorite carols or spread joy to holiday shoppers.”
  • Support the Angel Tree Program. Last year, thanks to local support, The Salvation Army fulfilled the dreams of over 700 children and 320 seniors and this year’s need is even greater. Volunteers are needed to adopt an Angel, manage Angel Tree locations or assist in sorting and distributing gifts to program participants.

Visit SalvationArmyVicksburg.org, email Janna.Torgerson@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 601-456-4444 to volunteer or learn more about how to support The Salvation Army this Christmas and beyond. To contribute or explore more ways to support The Salvation Army, visit VicksburgKettle.org.