A 130-year-old tradition is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Salvation Army will bring out the bells and kettles earlier this holiday season.
During the pandemic, the Salvation Army services have jumped. Major Tim Sheehan, from the Salvation Army Delaware, said, “we have seen a 155% increase in assistance requests.”
Americans have been requesting shelter needs, childcare services, groceries, and soon Christmas gifts.
By early November, there will be 30,000 kettles across America. The Salvation Army believes it will only bring in half the money the campaign usually generates.
This year, there are multiple ways to give.
At the Kettle in person
Bell ringers will be wearing a mask and will wear gloves to make sure donations are safe.
You can also donate to the Salvation Army’s rescue Christmas Campaign. To do that you can head to their website here.
Courtesy of Salvation Army