Bell ringers needed Black Friday to Christmas Eve

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to ring bells and collect donations with the red kettles.

They will collect donations throughout the city, from November 29th to December 24th.

"Always a little scary when you talk about fundraising in a condensed period of time. Right now, with Thanksgiving being so late in November, we start the day after Thanksgiving, we'll be on the streets in full force," said Maj. Jim Curl, city commander for The Salvation Army in Wichita.

The goal for the Christmas season is to raise $1.2-million.

"Not all of it comes through the kettles, fortunately, because that would make it really tough to process. But, $1.2-million goes to serve the community throughout the whole year," said Curl.

The annual budget for the local chapter is around $5-million.

"Individuals that we help are folks that are the neediest of the needy. We reach out to folks that have nothing else for the Christmas season, and we try to make that time very special for them," said Curl.

To volunteer as a bell ringer, click here. Then, type the name of your city.

To donate to The Salvation Army Wichita, click here.

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