Salvation Army welcomes all donations; Community volunteers hope for successful Kettle Campaign
Posted on 12/8/2014 8:05:00 AM.

(Seguin) -- The sounds of giving continue to be heard. Every penny again counts as the Seguin Unit of the Salvation Army continues its Kettle Campaign outside the entrances of the Seguin Walmart Store. That's according to Salvation Army Volunteer Anita Hoff. Hoff says the ringing of bells at each kettle station play an important part of being able to help families in Seguin throughout the year.

"What we make during the Kettle Campaign between Thanksgiving and Christmas amounts to a little bit over 50 percent of where our annual budget is that we operate on and it’s wonderful. It’s great. It is needed very much for the community because we help. Every county has their own Salvation Army so this goes to help people right here in Guadalupe County. We help in emergency basis, anything anybody needs. If it's an emergency we can help them with. So this is very vital not only to help us receive our funds but also we turn around and help the people in our community with it," said Hoff.

Hoff says it's thanks to the many volunteers who help make the campaign a success. She says many volunteers brave even the coldest temperatures to help make a difference.

"Well we'll be in the grocery entrance, the dry goods entrance, both of those entrances from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the garden entrance from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. because that entrance closes at 7 p.m. The people working the Kettle Campaign are all volunteers. We have a lot of local churches, clubs, organizations, some businesses and even individuals who have called in as individuals and families who have called in to help out. But it's all volunteers and they do a wonderful job and they'll be outside of all three of those entrances every single day, well except Sunday. We can't do it on Sundays anymore, but Monday through Saturday -- ringing that bell and if you can give a penny that’s great. If you want to give a dollar that's great, but whatever you can give, it all goes to help people in our community," said Hoff.

Since the Kettle Campaign runs throughout the entire holiday season, Hoff says there is always a need for volunteers.

"We're trying to fill in a few slots still. They can call our office and leave a message because we're open 9 to 11:30 a.m. and if it's after 11:30, they can leave a message with their name and call back number. Our phone number at the office is 401-4872 because as a matter of fat, if you have children and family, it's amazing how much having the little children out there and them talking to client, people customers. But if anyone can help out, we do ask that if you're younger individuals, be accompanied by a family or an adult member, but anyone who wants to help they're more than welcome," said Hoff.

The Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve.

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