SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – It’s one of the most familiar noises of a vacation: the Salvation Army jingling outside stores across the country.
However, that nostalgic sound seems to be waning this year as fewer people volunteer to ring the bell to encourage donations to the association.
“It’s a challenge, it’s a challenge because I always say the Salvation Army belongs to the community,” said Cpl. Jamaal Ellis, who heads the Salvation Army in northwest Louisiana. “It’s up to us, as a community, to support the people who need us. “
Locally, The Salvation Army is working to raise more than $ 165,000, in funds that directly impact the services the organization is able to provide over the next year. According to the Salvation Army, this fundraising target has increased due to an increased need for COVID-19.
“When you think about everything the Salvation Army does throughout the year, a lot of it is generated by our ringing campaign,” explained Ellis.
If you want to donate time or money, here’s how:
- Donate digitally with Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal and Venmo in any red kettle
- Make a digital donation or become a fundraiser at our online kettle: www.shreveportkettle.org
- Ask Amazon Alexa to donate by saying “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army”, then specify the amount
- Donate any amount by texting “KETTLES” to 51555
- Make bulk physical donations, call 318-424-3200 to request urgent needs
- Give Christmas gifts to children of local families in need through our Angel Tree program.
- Join us by volunteering to ring a bell on our red kettle. Have fun playing against friends, groups or companies. To volunteer, please call 318-424-3200 ext. 23 and ask Scott
A supportive donation of $ 25 per month could make the difference between a family staying in their home or falling below the poverty line and living on the streets.
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