The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay kicked off its 2018 Christmas Campaign on Tuesday, with a new fundraising goal of $1.25 million.
While the Salvation Army has already filled about four thousand bell-ringing volunteer shifts for their Red Kettle campaign, it still has ten thousand more shifts it needs covered this season.
“Without anybody ringing the bell, the empty kettle just sits and there’s no interaction, nobody there to donate,” Matthew O’Neil, captain of the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay, said.
There are many ways to give to the Salvation Army.
You can send a check, donate cash to a kettle, or even text the organization a donation.
You can also donate a toy or coat to their Christmas Campaign; the Salvation Army distributes thousands of both to families in Brown County every Christmas season.
You can also become one of their bell-ringing volunteers.
“I think it’s wonderful to also bring your kids to help ring bells, it’s a wonderful way to show them early on how to give back to others that are in need,” Judy Doctor, a Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay board member, said.
Each dollar given stretches far beyond the Christmas season. Donations help run the Salvation Army’s programs all year that help those who need help getting back on their feet.
“The money that goes into those kettles or that comes through the text to give programs helps supply food, shelter, job employment, all sorts of programs throughout the entire year,” Doctor said.
Starting next Monday, Packers players will sign autographs inside the Lambeau Field Atrium for fans who donate to the Salvation Army. You can find that schedule here.