Genesee Company’s Salvation Army Red Kettle Seeks Volunteers


The Salvation Army of Genesee County is in dire need of volunteer bell ringers this holiday season for the Christmas Kettle Campaign.

Volunteers ring the bell from November 25 to December 24.

“We are reaching out to community, church, businesses, schools and neighborhood groups to staff our kettles this season,” said Major Randy Hellstrom. “This year, we need to include more families, businesses and neighborhood groups.”

The money raised is used to provide aid to thousands of people. The Salvation Army said that eighty cents of every dollar goes directly to helping residents in need.

Gaines Jewelry has sponsored the Time2Ring volunteer recruitment program to provide volunteers with a special incentive to commit to two hours.

“This year, anyone volunteering to take the two-hour shift of bell ringing for The Salvation Army will have their name entered in the drawing to win a beautiful $3,000 diamond ring that we are proudly providing. As beautiful as this ring is, it pales in comparison to the spirit of the volunteers who help make the lives of the most needy people in our community a little better when they are most needed,” said David Gaines. Received Jewelry does.

The Christmas Red Kettle Campaign is the main fundraiser of the Salvation Army which supports all programs in Genesee County throughout the year. According to the organization, the need for assistance is greater this year because they expect twice the number of families to request leave assistance.

“Volunteers are encouraged to have fun during the service,” said Lydia Sanchez-Rot, volunteer and program coordinator for the Salvation Army in Genesee County.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit contact To set the ringing time.