"The need is just a little bit greater, and so we've started the Golden Kettle Campaign."
The golden kettles are part of the Salvation Army's 28th annual "Thanks-for-Giving" day donation drive, which in turn is a part of the Angels of HOPE campaign to be kicked off on the busiest shopping day of the entire year, the Friday after Thanksgiving.
"It's something I think the community will just grab a hold of, because they've already done wonderful things," said Bell.
Every kettle worker in Danville is a volunteer
As testimony to the local commitment of helping the less fortunate, Bell said that every kettle worker in Danville is a volunteer, the only city in the state where that can be found.
"This community has proven itself to be generous in giving and in their holiday spirit, and we are calling on both to come out on Friday, 'Thanks-for-Giving' day, and support The Salvation Army golden kettle," said Bell.
For those looking for a more personal donation, there are other options in making spirits bright this Christmas. At locations across the community Angel trees will be decorated with paper cherubs bearing the Christmas wishes of tiny tots who's Christmas trees might not be so fruitful this year.
"We're calling up each person of the community to be an angel of hope this Christmas season," said Bell.
All of the guess work has been taken out of shopping for the children. The angles on the tree each bear a name, their clothing size and wish list. After purchasing and wrapping a gift, impromptu Santa's helpers put the child's name tag on the bow and leave it under the tree from whence the child's angel came.
In addition to donating a $10 bill in golden kettles, change into red kettles or becoming an angle of hope, helpful hands may also volunteer to ring kettle bells or distribute gifts.
Anyone wanting to help may call the Salvation Army at (859) 236-4473.
Bell said he and others at the Salvation Army hope the community will be as kind to the less fortunate during this Christmas season as they have been in previous seasons of mistletoe.
"If we could just get 1,000 people to put $10 in the kettle that would be $10,000. What a tremendous kick-off this would be to our drive to raise money to help the needy," said Bell. "We need all of the angels of this wonderful community to come out and offer up hope to those who may have lost it. There's lots of families in our community who are low on hope, and what a wonderful time of year to give hope back."