A time to give
La PORTE — The La Porte Salvation Army is gearing up for their annual kettle drive.
This fundraising campaign happens around Christmastime every year when volunteer bell ringers stand in front of store entrances in order to collect donations from holiday shoppers.
This year they will be celebrating the ringing of the first bell on Friday. Volunteering with the Salvation Army seems to be becoming a tradition for the Michiana Marines, having helped out for the past several consecutive years.
The Michiana Marines Detachment will be joining the Salvation Army to help get the fundraiser started. They will be assembling at the La Porte Post Office at 1201 Lincoln Way from 9 a.m. to noon.
“Hearing the sound of the bells ringing has always been a part of the holiday season,” said Captain Justin Windell, of the Salvation Army. “The sounds help to set the scene of the season and it really helps to get people into the true spirit of the holiday season. Part of that spirit is one of giving and helping out those who are in need. As we have seen over the last few years, we have been in La Porte, our local community always rises to the challenge of meeting those needs.”
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteer bell ringers to help collect donations. Those interested in volunteering can go online to www.registertoring.com where they can pick specific times and locations that best fit their needs.
“One of the great ways people can also help is through volunteering at the kettle,” said Captain Justin Windell. “This is a great way families can get together, create tradition, show a sense of community service with relatives of all ages and help spread the sound of Christmas cheer.”
The Salvation Army has set a goal for this year’s campaign for $107,000. By raising this money, the charity will be able to provide holiday programs for the community. Included will be the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Community meal, Toy Shop, Adopt-A-Family and Christmas Dinner Basket programs.
These programs will begin with the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving meal on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. It will be held in La Porte at The First Church of God at 2020 E. Lincoln Way.
The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop and Adopt-A-Family programs help families with children 13 and under who need help with providing presents for their children during the holidays. For those interested, the Salvation Army is taking applications for their Toy Shop and Adopt-A-Family programs until Friday. Applications are available at their office at 3240 Monroe St. on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.