MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Bells will be ringing for people to start giving. It's that time of year again that the Montgomery Salvation Army bell ringers will be outside store fronts collecting money to feed, clothe, provide toys and other needs to about 30-million Americans. Mayor Todd Strange will kick off the Red Kettle Campaign as the first bell ringer of the year at the Sam's Club off the Eastern Bypass at 11:00 a.m.
Salvation Army's Major Roy Harris said the goal this year is 250-thousand dollars to help those who have been effected by the economy. Harris said that volunteers are greatly appreciated and wanted.
People may not know that the Red Kettle Campaign is the oldest annual fundraiser in the United States. It started in San Francisco in 1891 with one Salvation Army. Now, it is has an estimated 25-thousand volunteers throughout the country to ring bells and solicit donation from holiday shoppers.
Shoppers prepare to give the gift of giving to the Salvation Army's bell ringers. You can also donate to the Salvation Army by going online to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Students at Johnnie Carr Jr. High in Montgomery are ahead of the game. They have collected 700 canned food items and raised 350-dollars since last week.. all for the Salvation Army.