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Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign makes adjustments – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-12-03 22:06:21 –

Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — Bells are ringing across Nashville as the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign surges.

Jay Servais has been a volunteer Bell-ringer for 45 years and rejoined outside Wal-Mart on Friday afternoon. He represents the fourth generation of his family, who works closely with the Salvation Army.

“My great-grandfather and great-grandmother were saved by the Salvation Army’s soup line,” Servais said. “They were also given the opportunity to get food, medical care and shelter.”

The Salvation Army in Nashville respects the legacy of the Servais family by raising money to help others in need of this holiday season. The local branch participated in a national challenge to see who could collect the most money in one kettle within four hours. All donations made through the Red Kettle Campaign will support local family and individual rent and utility bills, meals and educational support for young people.

“Every time a kettle gets $ 1, someone asks for help,” Servais said.

To ensure that as many people as possible get help, community partners match all donations up to $ 275,000 throughout the campaign.

However, there are some changes this year due to the pandemic. Salvation Army leaders may find that the number of red kettles located throughout the region is small, and that there will not be many volunteers.

This is because the needs of the community remain very high as the population recovers from the effects of the pandemic. Authorities encourage people to donate online.

“If it succeeds this year, it’s likely to succeed with those who participate in the Red Kettle Challenge online,” said Major Ethan Flitzel, commander of the Salvation Army’s Middle Tennessee region. “I would like to thank everyone who gave me the hard-earned money for my neighbor.”

This year’s campaign will run until December 31st. The goal is to raise $ 500,000.

If you would like to know more about the Red Kettle Campaign or donate online, please visit: https://www.salvationarmynashville.org/red-kettle



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